September 18, 2002 |
Used to be the most popular item on children's menus was the Texas Tommy, maybe grilled cheese, or spaghetti with one meatball. But today the clear winner for hungry little diners-out are chicken fingers. Kids don't even need to consult the menu. Some like to dip the nuggetlike strips in ketchup or mustard, but most just eat 'em plain. At Salumeria in the Reading Terminal Market, chef Laura Arena thinks kids might enjoy a jazzed-up version of chicken fingers that they could take to school for lunch.
March 16, 1990 |
On the first warm night of the year, Cheap Eats headed for South Street, even though it's become the place where all the hippies with extremely loud car stereos meet. Down in the 200 block, Jeffrey Brandeis was leaning out the takeout window of a place called Fingers, Wings and Other Things, trying to drum up business. "Come on in," went the pitch. "The food's great. You'll love it. Money- back guarantee. " What chutzpah! Who could resist such a deal? Cheap Eats took one of the 8 stools, sat at a narrow counter and admired the wall-mounted autographed photos of Patti LaBelle and Stella, who recently departed KYW-TV's "Saturday Night Dead.
December 16, 1998 |
When a restaurant closes suddenly and then just as suddenly is sporting a new name, it's hard to know if the old concept got tired, or if the place is really a new incarnation. In the case of Smuggler's 73, formerly Fat Jack's, on Route 73 in Berlin, the restaurant and sports bar is now under the capable guidance of Steve and Esther Anderson, who've given the place a thorough scrubbing, some menu diversification and an undeniable personal touch that makes guests want to come back.
September 6, 1992 |
Although low-key, Avalon Cafe offers delightful cuisine at moderate price. But hurry, for the summer season is nearly over. The laid-back but substantive restaurant is next door to the splendid Cafe Loren, now in its 10th year. Although overshadowed by its better-known competitor, Avalon Cafe is eminently worthy of attention. The menu offers an eclectic assortment of mouth-watering dishes, half seafood and half chicken or Italian pasta. More interestingly, the restaurant offers several Caribbean delights, joining the Sugar Reef in Cape May as the only two shore places I know of offering this exotic cuisine.
February 14, 1993 |
The more things change, the more they are the same at the old Scotto's Pizza place in Maple Shade. Scotto's was an old-line pizza parlor until it was transformed into a beautiful contemporary restaurant and reopened in March 1990 as Caffe Bravo, a splendid little place with marvelous Southern Italian cuisine. Alas, Bravo didn't last. It was succeeded 21 months later by Traviata Ristorante, an equally delightful Italian restaurant with Bravo's formula for success - generous portions of good food at moderate prices.
December 9, 1990 |
With its bird's-eye view of the Cherry Hill Mall's renovated Center Court, the Terrace Restaurant offers welcome respite for tired holiday shoppers. The restaurant on Strawbridge & Clothier's second floor is a bright, pleasant place with floor-to-ceiling picture windows that overlook the mall's big colorful balloons, 30-foot potted palms and enormous art deco lighting fixtures. The cuisine is modest and uncomplicated, and, while it won't set any culinary records, it is perfectly acceptable.
August 29, 1997 |
This week I reached out for a Chicken, Bacon and Swiss Sandwich at Arby's. Chicken? Hey, I'm all for diversity - in the workplace. But what's a chicken sandwich doing at Arby's, which specializes in roast beef sandwiches? Even the restaurant's name says it: Roast beef. R-B. Ar-by. If this Chicken, Bacon and Swiss thing takes off, Arby's will have to change its name to C-B-S, and that will only confuse Dan Rather even more. Here's the blueprint: a breaded fried chicken breast, Swiss cheese, slices of thick, peppered bacon and creamy honey mustard on a plain hamburger bun. Total calories: 595. Fat grams: 29. I loved this sandwich.
November 22, 1995 |
They kept the cloth napkins on their laps, more or less. But using quiet restaurant voices was a bit of a stretch for 20 first graders dining out. Nevertheless, the youngsters from Cheltenham Elementary School who "did lunch" with the business crowd Monday at Stazi Milano restaurant in Jenkintown should be well-prepared to use good manners at Thanksgiving dinner. And now that they have helped take orders, serve meals and clear tables, the children - whose sneakers could barely tap the floor from their adult-size chairs - also have more of an appreciation for the work it takes to feed a crowd.
October 25, 2012
Company description: "These are the chicken strips you'd expect from the chicken experts. Every strip is made from juicy, 100% premium all-white-meat chicken breast, marinated and double-breaded in our special seasonings. They taste good enough to eat on their own or dip them in one of our flavorful sauces. " Chain: KFC. Calories: Per strip, without dipping sauce: 130, with 7 grams of fat, 28 mgs of cholesterol and a whopping 375 mgs of salt. Location: The Gallery, 901 Market St. Order time: Two minutes.
November 29, 2009
The 'Skins are in town today. Last year, the Eagles' postseason aspirations almost cratered the second time these teams met when the Birds went to Washington and played terribly in a loss. The Cowboys smacked the Raiders the other night to remain in first in the NFC East. What happens with the Birds today? Do they win and stay close to Dallas or slip and fall against the 'Skins like last year? Well, if you direct your attention to Page 1, which I like to refer to as the "grown-ups' table" of the sports section, you'll will find a clever, detailed analysis of this situation.