February 14, 1988 |
Taking a novel approach, the owners of The Stone Horse, the modest new dining place in Frazer, have fashioned a menu based on a survey of what local residents want in a restaurant. The result is an unexciting but acceptable menu with simple, traditional dishes that it would be hard to object to; combining these with decent preparation, the area's newest restaurant has a lot to offer. The most daring dish seems to be pecan-batter catfish with hush puppies; for the rest, we have baby back ribs, pork chops, veal loaf, strip steak, crab cakes and several grilled fish as blackboard specials.
May 29, 1991 |
One of the great joys of the table is vegetables, the food from nature's larder. Cookbook author Viana La Place celebrates that joy in Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style (William Morrow, $22.95). This is an exciting and well-structured book filled with easy-to-make recipes for colorful dishes steeped in hearty flavors. In Italian, verdura means vegetables. "From the beginning and all during my years of cooking, I have always found my greatest pleasure and truest expression through vegetables," she says.
March 20, 1991 |
DEL MONTE VEGETABLE CLASSICS. 10 varieties. 99 cents to $1.29 per 9 1/2- to 10-ounce shelf-stable tray. BONNIE: The most common ways to process vegetables are to can or freeze. Unfortunately, this new line of "shelf-stable" Vegetable Classics from Del Monte seems to have chosen the worst characteristics from each type of processing. Like canned, these are high in sodium, ranging from 300 milligrams (Garden Duet) to 480 milligrams (Nacho Cheese Potato and Potatoes Au Gratin)
July 19, 1992 |
The Ship John Inn is neither "ship" nor "inn," but it is one of South Jersey's most charming restaurants. The place opened Feb. 14 in what used to be the Greenwich Inn along the Cohansey River deep in Cumberland County. While the building is the same, there's no comparison between the dark setting and desultory cuisine of the old Greenwich Inn and this sunshine-bright mecca for fine food. The restaurant is named after the Ship John, an American cargo ship that sank in 1797, after running aground in Delaware Bay near the mouth of the Cohansey.
January 3, 1993 |
Long a fixture in Delaware County, the Lobster Pot in Wawa seems to have more lives than a cat and uniquely reinvents itself every couple of years. Never known for superb dining, the place was run for many years by John and Carol Meyers. When they retired and moved to Arizona in 1985, they left their restaurant in the hands of relatives, but hearing that things had gotten even worse, they returned to the area five years later and reclaimed their restaurant. They then did a smart thing and hired a good chef, changed the menu and management and began turning out very good seafood-based dishes.
July 28, 1996 |
It's been a half dozen years since I review-visited Chinatown's Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant. In those days, Harmony's food seemed head and shoulders above the heavy-handed veggie fare served up elsewhere. Moreover, though the place was small and narrow, the pastel-pretty decor made dining here a whole lot more pleasant than it was at most of the plain-brown-wrapper health food restaurants of that time. And Harmony today? A few of the dishes sampled on recent review visits to the restaurant were very much like the gourmet treats I'd remembered.
December 7, 1988 |
Terry Thompson's newest cookbook, A Taste of the South (HPBooks, $9.95) is an informative softcover whose recipes are interestingly complemented with the history and development of Southern food. "In the South," Thompson said in an interview, "food is an integral part of society. Any time people get together, food is one of the motivating things in the event. " Thompson, who is in Philadelphia this week as a consultant at Cafe Nola on South Street, said that the catalyst for the book - she's also the author of Cajun-Creole Cooking (HPBooks)
June 9, 2010
City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke says Philadelphians are tired of staring at cumbersome satellite equipment on roofs. His bill, approved Tuesday by the Rules Committee, presents landlords with a choice: relocate dishes to side or rear facades, or apply for official certification indicating that the front is the only location from which a building can receive a dish signal. - Matt Flegenheimer
October 23, 1988 |
Thanks to some sprucing up and careful attention to its food, the St. Davids Inn has become a cozy place for an evening dinner. With a buffet dinner ($14.95 prix fixe) that changes each night, the Spencer room offers a comfortable experience in leisurely dining. Best of all, the food is quite nice. Although there's nothing terribly unfamiliar or startling about the dishes, several revel in rich sauces, and the variety is extensive enough to ensure that you won't go hungry no matter what your tastes.
February 13, 2005 |
As anyone who dines out can attest, the suburbs do not lack for Italian eateries or want of pasta. Ristorante La Locanda is classically typical, right down to its old-house location along a major road (Route 3) in an easily missed community (Edgmont). In atmosphere alone, La Locanda cultivates the old-school Italian dining scene, in which candlelight flickers in mirrors and widely spaced tables are arranged around statuary. The restaurant seats 250, but it comes across as much smaller, with dual fireplaces in one dining room and an arched doorway leading to another room, which has a chandelier hanging over a small fountain.