January 9, 2015 |
You have to be one hungry caterpillar to be a restaurant critic. By conservative calculations, I ate 300 meals out last year for Sunday reviews, Good Taste features, Crumb Tracker clue-hunting missions and other stories. That means I tasted somewhere around 2,200 different dishes over the last 365 days, so imagine trying to whittle all those great (and some not-so-great) food memories down to the 15 best bites. Yeah, I know . . . tough work. But it's really hard! It was such a great chapter for Philly restaurants (food carts, cafés, bakeries and cheese shops)
December 4, 2013 |
STREETBALL legend Aaron "AO" Owens honed his basketball skills on the playground at 16th and Susquehanna. The North Philly court is gone, but Owens fondly remembers the games, players, fans and, most of all, the atmosphere. "I remember the energy. I was a young guy [in the early-1990s] and I got to play with college and pro players. It was like a carnival," Owens told the Daily News yesterday. "There were food carts and people selling clothes. There were [hundreds of]
April 19, 2013 |
And elderly fruit cart vendor was fatally stabbed early Thursday in South Philadelphia while preparing to leave for work, officials said. Police found Don Ly, 68, near his cart on the 400 block of Vollmer Street before 5 a.m. He had been stabbed seven time to the neck, arm and body and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died at 5:33 a.m. police said. Police said robbery did not appear to be a motive and investigators were studying surveillance video from the area for clues.
August 7, 2012 |
Food trucks selling gourmet goods such as tacos, barbecue and cupcakes have grown in popularity in recent years. But people have been buying street food for generations. Food carts were already a fixture in many cities in the 1800s. Hot dog, sausage and pretzel vendors have been selling quick lunches to office workers and tourists on city streets and in beach towns since the early 1900s. The website for Good Humor ice cream says the company's first trucks hit the road in 1920.
May 4, 2012 |
Craig LaBan: Mike Klein and I popped by this adorable little cart, Spot, to try their house-ground burgers, and cheesesteaks. They butcher the meat themselves from a big top round, pretty impressive for a place that's 6 feet long. They've got the system down pat, with someone taking orders beneath the shade of a red awning on the yellow cart, with a grill-master inside sizzling away at warp speed. You know they've got ambitions with ingredients like "mire-poix" (for the meatloaf) and an "Umami" signature burger (excellent, with pickled daikon, mushrooms, and gochujang)
July 25, 2011 |
THIS IS NOT A newspaper. In fact, what you're holding in your hands refuses to be just a newspaper. Over the past six months, as we've reimagined what the Daily News ought to be, I kept reminding myself that how we deliver what we say has vastly changed these last years, and that too few media outlets really make the effort to engage you in the ways that you actually consume media. The relationship between newspaper and reader can no longer be a one-way lecture; it's now a conversation.
July 10, 2011 |
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy Awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi & Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy.
July 9, 2011 |
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. "The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of - after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.
July 23, 2009 |
It's late in the afternoon - near closing time for Rami's Luncheonette, a food cart on 40th and Locust Streets - and Sami Dakko is waxing philosophical. "When the rain comes," the owner says, peering at the empty sidewalk, "it comes for everybody. Dakko's is the consummate Ellis Island tale. Though a successful real estate developer in his native Lebanon, Dakko hungered for the promise of American shores, bringing his family across the pond to a relative's place in Havertown in 1985.
November 16, 2006 |
The city's Department of Public Health would need to nearly double its inspection staff to examine Philadelphia's 15,000 eateries as often as the FDA recommends, interim Health Commissioner Carmen Paris said at a City Council hearing yesterday. "The department is grossly understaffed," said Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who chaired the hearing. "With all the responsibilities they have . . . that's clearly not enough staff to adequately provide the inspections needed to protect the public.