July 19, 2012 |
What's cooking? A classic sandwich selection — from turkey and cheese on white bread to a hearty Philly cheesesteak. A line can be found at Gus's for breakfast, too. They're family: Gus Katseftis and his wife, Joan, along with various family members, fed employees of the Daily News, Inquirer and philly.com for 21 years from Gus' spot next to the company's former headquarters at Broad and Callowhill streets. Convenient, yes, but what kept people coming back was the menu. Satisfied customers: "It's old-school," said Craig LaBan, Inquirer food critic and frequent Gus' customer.
June 28, 2012 |
You can order stuff off a chalkboard. Male servers and bartenders have unruly beards; their female counterparts sport tanktops and sleeve tattoos. At least one menu item contains the word "toasts. " The menu has a lengthy description of the burger. It also offers bone marrow, fried chicken or an obscure pig part.??? You can get a salad, but you'll never see anybody eating one at the bar. The words "artisanal," "organic," or "wood-fired" will be prominent.?
April 9, 2012 |
Top officials at Philadelphia International Airport say they were never informed that the son of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo had acquired a share in an airport cheesesteak franchise, but they're not sure they care. "We probably will take a look at it," James Tyrrell, city deputy director of aviation, said in a telephone interview last week. "We really need to discuss it. I don't know if this is something we should be overly concerned about. " Vincent E. Fumo II filed suit in Common Pleas Court on March 29, complaining that he had paid $150,000 in 2009 for a 30 percent share of the cheesesteak business, but had received less than half the return promised - "a guaranteed return of $50,000 a year for every year that the restaurant was in business.
March 31, 2012 |
The son of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has filed suit against a South Jersey restaurateur for allegedly breaching the terms of deals in which Fumo paid $205,000 for shares of two restaurants, one of them at Philadelphia International Airport. In complaints filed Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Vincent E. Fumo II said he had written a personal check for $150,000 to buy a 30 percent share in a new Philly cheesesteak venture, completed in 2009 in the connector between the airport's B and C Terminals.
March 8, 2012
Bio: 50; Northeast native; now in Manayunk with his wife Robyn. Training: Bucks County Community College. Philly restaurant connections: Ristorante DiLullo, Apropos, 1701 Café, Capriccio, Sonoma, Kansas City Prime, Arroyo Grille, River City Diner/Tootsie's, Fish on Main, Carmellas. What's new? More veggie options at his restaurant, Derek's (4411 Main St., 215-483-9400, dereksrestaurant.com ). "When I look at my menu I see we're lacking things that are strictly vegetables, without any dairy, without any animal fats.
February 16, 2012
What's to eat: Korean and Japanese food. No relation to the KoJa Grille at Broad and Oxford. Find it: 38th between Walnut and Sansom, noon to 7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Hook up: 267-322-9925. You can order ahead. How long? Owner Soo Lee says she's been in the same spot for six years. Most popular: The bulgogi cheesesteak ($3), mixing Philly's signature sandwich with the Korean staple of marinated meat. We're also fans of the beef bulgogi platter ($6.50).
February 13, 2012
Who: Mortgage guy and dad nominated by oldest son for season 3 of "Worst Cooks in America," Sundays at 9 p.m. on the Food Network. Age: 47. From: South Philly. Now: Jenkintown. Big debut: His audition dish was "macaroni and cheesesteak: Steak-umms dumped in the oven with a bunch of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. " Kitchen disaster: "Cooking was always an afterthought to me. Like, oh my God! It's dinnertime! What am I gonna do? I'd take pieces of a puzzle that didn't go together and slop em together.
February 7, 2012 |
When Kobe Bryant comes to Philadelphia, he knows he's going to get an earful from the fans and a lot of in-your-face defense from 76ers forward Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is unquestionably the best defender on the Sixers roster and, as it was Monday night when he was assigned to Bryant, he always guards the opponent's best perimeter player. He received high praise from Bryant before the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Sixers Monday in Bryant's one-and-only return to the city of his birth this season.
January 19, 2012
Bio: 36 and single; grew up in Buckingham, now lives in another Bucks County 'burb, Perkasie. Philly restaurant connections: Sonoma, Four Seasons, Lacroix. What's new? PorcSalt, the French-style charcuterie (646-255-9312, porcsalt.com ) he started 18 months ago, crafting cured meats, poultry and more for sale to restaurants and at farm and specialty markets. From restaurant to charcuterie: Working steadily since age 18, he was feeling that the more he cooked, the further he got from food.
January 12, 2012
MARIO ROMERO Bio: He's 30, from Northeast Philly. Lives in Lancaster with wife Alison, 8-year-old daughter Vivienne and 2-this-month son Cole. What's new? He's exec chef at the latest - first in Philly - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. It opened last week in Chestnut Hill (8400 Germantown Ave., 215-948-5600, ironhillbrewery.com). Philadelphia restaurant connections: Tangerine, Angelina, Django, Striped Bass, Cuba Libre, Pumpkin. Why Iron Hill?