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January 7, 1994 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Restaurant Critic
South Street lost a bistro when Alex on South closed late last year, but gained another when Adrienne's opened not long afterward one block to the east. Like Alex's, Adrienne's has hearty food, big portions, moderate prices and a casual air, even though the dark-hued, 48-seat dining room hung with equestrian prints has the clubby look of a Ralph Lauren home furnishings showroom. Husband-and-wife proprietors Wally and Adrienne Hertler are on the premises - he working the front of the house, she in charge of the kitchen.
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January 8, 1988 | By SAM GUGINO, Daily News Restaurant Critic
I had been eagerly awaiting the opening of Odeon for a number of reasons. First, I've always loved the space on S. 12th Street, the original home of Battles Florist - with its stained glass name still on the transom. Second, Odeon has the pedigree of two accomplished restaurateurs, Steve Ledbetter of Alouette and Gary Bachman of Frog and La Terrace. And third, I hungered for some genuine bistro food, having sampled it in New York where it's been the rage for some time. The restoration of the building by the new owners is splendid.
FOOD
September 12, 1999 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
Audrey Taichman - a.k.a. Audrey Claire - commands the northwest corner of 20th and Spruce Streets with a cordless phone in one hand and a waiting list in the other. The sidewalk in front of her hip little bistro is thick with young and beautiful would-be diners, waiting alongside some older Rittenhouse Square regulars with wine bottles in hand. "Somebody's phone is ringing!" one says, sending half the crowd diving to the bottom of giant designer purses. It's just another call for Taichman, who cheerily tells the caller, "The wait's about 45 minutes.
NEWS
January 2, 2009 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brasserie Perrier, one of the landmarks on the Walnut Street restaurant row, has closed without notice. New Year's Eve was the finale, as staff learned that night. The bistro, which opened in January 1997 under Georges Perrier, received a slew of awards, including four stars from Mobil. Its closing had been inevitable. Co-owner Chris Scarduzio, who started as a sous chef and was elevated to partner in March 2004, said that based on the lease signed in 1996, the partnership was paying about $19 per square foot for rent at 1619 Walnut - about a third of current local rates.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
Clark Gilbert isn't promising the moon at Gemelli, his new bistro at the edge of Narberth, on rowhouse blocks once called - when the town was Irish-er - "the Italian section. " He is a seasoned chef, under his belt stints at the Four Seasons, Tony Clark's short-lived Square Bar on Rittenhouse Square, Avalon in West Chester, and the elegant, now-departed Taquet in Wayne. But he is the first to point out that the menu here, his first truly solo venture, is not the wheel reinvented: He offers a proper Caesar salad (add $2 for white anchovies)
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | by Stan Hochman, Daily News Restaurant Reviewer
They are expanding at Bistro St. Tropez, adding another room. Pourquoi, I ask, based on a recent visit, where the kitchen had serious problems handling the demands of Friday night diners in the existing space. Service was painfully slow, various items were undercooked, others overcooked, lovely bride got a platter meant for someone else and you couldn't tell the no-smoking section from the smokers without a gauze mask. And, oh yes, the wine list was bleak and overpriced.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1995 | By Gerald Etter, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
While the view from Bistro St. Tropez offers a splendid cityscape tableau, it certainly can't compete with the breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean one gets from Nice. But to Patrice Rames, who attended culinary school in the Riviera resort, it's the perfect background for his contemporary French food served with artistic flair at some extremely reasonable prices. Rames, 34, the proprietor and a product of Le Bec-Fin, opened Bistro in 1987 on the third floor of the Marketplace, a design center at 24th and Market that deals strictly with architects, designers and those in related businesses.
NEWS
January 31, 1993 | By John V. R. Bull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ever since it opened a year ago, I have heard good things about Main Street, the European-style bistro in the Princeton Shopping Center. Curiosity finally got the upper hand, and I went for a visit. I only wish I had gone sooner, for Main Street is an attractive, friendly place with excellent food that shows both originality and high accomplishment. The menu defines a bistro as a bustling "neighborhood restaurant . . . where folks chat happily across the room while pleasant waiters duck between the closely spaced tables.
NEWS
March 19, 1993 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Restaurant Critic
French bistros are vastly underrepresented in Philadelphia's restaurant mix. A tip of the beret, then, to Alex Cormier for deciding we shouldn't have to subsist solely on pasta when we dine out. His new restaurant, Alex on South, has the proper bistro essentials: hearty food, big portions, moderate prices, casual atmosphere, personable service, proprietor on the premises, foie gras on the menu. It feels French, even when the background music segues from Edith Piaf to Patsy Cline.
FOOD
August 6, 2009 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
New and just off City Avenue: Avril (134 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-2626), a cozy BYO bistro from chef Christian Gatti and his wife, April Lisante - hence the name. Gatti's Mediterranean menu starts in southeast France and heads into Italy. It will go farther inland as the weather cools off. Lisante, who spent a decade as a reporter, food writer, and editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, met Gatti in 2003 when she interviewed him for a feature about hot, young chefs.
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Makes 12 servings 1 pound sweet butter 1 cup turbinado sugar 6 fresh large peaches (a little firm to the touch), washed, peeled, pitted, and sliced in half A package of puff pastry dough (defrosted if frozen), cut into 12 circles to cover each peach half 1. Put the butter into a saucepan. Add the sugar and melt it into the butter over low heat. 2. Put half of the butter mixture on the bottom of a 9-inch tart pan. Top with a layer of peach halves cut side down.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
After an intense day frolicking in the waves and sunning on the sands, it can be hard to make the transition from boardwalk-appropriate to bistro-chic. Unless, of course, you have the right cover-up. We aren't talking about that wrinkled sarong or tired T you've been using for way too long to hide your beach bod. Those ratty days are over. Look this summer for the fashion conscious to conceal love handles and camouflage bottoms in fit-for-a-dress silhouettes, ranging from embroidered maxis to color-blocked shifts.
FOOD
October 23, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Mexican in Bella Vista The name means "your mother's house," but the Day of the Dead motif at the new  La Casa de tu Madre  (800 Fitzwater St., 267-519-3242) presumes that Mom has a macabre sense of decorating. Jason Evenchik and his crew have done a rapid but dramatic renovation of what was Growlers in Bella Vista into this Mexican themer. Evenchik has retained Growlers chef Michael Thomas (ex-Kraftwork, Bar Ferdinand, Honey's Sit N Eat) to turn out a simple-to-comprehend menu of tacos, nachos, enchiladas, and burritos.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Boxed wines have come a long way over the last decade in variety, image, and quality, joining the screwcap as a once-controversial technical innovation that's now widely appreciated for its worth. The bag-in-a-box format is smart for fresh young wines, and the air-tight bag's prevention of oxygen damage maintains freshness for weeks after opening. It's also the most cost-effective and earth-friendly way to bring three liters of vino (that's four bottles) to a party. Choosing the right one, though, is tricky, as many boxed wines are still plonkers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Anyone who knows jazz in Philadelphia knows Wendy Simon. Throughout the 1980s and '90s - whether as a soloist, paired with local-legendary pianist Eric Spiegel in Tuxedo Junction, or with Mark Shaw's society orchestra - the singer was renowned for her low, delectable voice, her innovative scat-singing, and her delicate way with a ballad. "My vocal range changed, though, and I'm actually singing higher," says Simon, "which is unusual because most singers lower the keys of their songs as they age. What I love most that's changed with age is having the confidence of my experience and the courage to continue to strive to go beyond my self-imposed limitations in all aspects of my life, as well as my art. " Some of those experiences kept her off the stage for 18 years, a spell happily broken when she returns to live singing this weekend at Paris Bistro, with the accompaniment of the Tom Adams Trio.
FOOD
July 10, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
What's new Mitch Prensky, the caterer behind the bistro of Supper on South Street, has a storefront for his Southern-style biscuit sandwiches. Scratch Biscuits opened this week at 1306 Chestnut St. The shop, which offers all sorts of varieties, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It also opens from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, selling $5 chicken sandwiches out of the shop's back door on Drury Street near 13th Street. Xfinity Live, the entertainment center in the heart of the sports complex in South Philadelphia, has embarked on a $6 million renovation and expansion.
FOOD
May 9, 2013 | By Michael Klein, Philly.com
Dana Smith Farrell uses such adjectives as fresh and approachable to describe Avenue Kitchen , the restaurant that she and her brother, Gregory, opened Monday at 789 Lancaster Ave. in Villanova (610-525-3950). The bar/restaurant occupies a portion of the space previously occupied by Maia and Mixx in the center behind the Villanova post office. The look is timelessly classic bistro, with angled mirrors high on the walls, whitewashed bricks, reclaimed tables and chairs, and neutral, leather-and-velvet banquettes.
NEWS
August 17, 2012
Outlet: Baker Bowl Bistro We went: 8:30 p.m. (4th inning) Wait : None Order: Sushi; crab cake sandwich Cost: $31 Just for grits 'n' giggles, PH2 thought he'd see how the other half dines at CBP. Through means that need not be discussed here, I infiltrated the Hall of Fame Club, the premium-seating area on the second level. Situated on a wide concourse, the HOF Club boasts several stations, including a merch stand and a couple of bars that offer hard liquor and wine as well as beer.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
Revel, Revel, Revel . . . . That's all the noise one hears these days coming from the Jersey Shore - especially when it concerns new prospects for dining. Granted, the gleaming $2.4 billion tower of Atlantic City's latest casino resort is hard to miss. And with more than a dozen restaurant concepts involving some very big names, its spring debut has no doubt been the biggest food news to hit this casino town since the Borgata began A.C.'s high-end remake. Jose Garces should have Philadelphians' attention right off the bat with three restaurants: an outsize version of Amada with ocean views and flamenco; a jumbo Village Whiskey clone for gourmet burgers and booze; plus Nuevo Mex concept with a Distrito Cantina serving margaritas and a replica Guapo's Taco truck.
FOOD
March 22, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Peter McAndrews has added the Old World-elegant Popolino , in Northern Liberties (501 Fairmount Ave., 215-928-0106), to his collection of Italian-themers ( Modo Mio , Monsu , Paesano's ). Working with Four Seasons alumnus Steve Flis, he's put an antipasti bar - tavole calde ("hot table") - in the middle of the dining room. (It's not self-service; staff does the portioning). Cuisine is moderate-priced Roman rustic - 10 appetizers and 10 entrees, plus house-made desserts.
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