June 28, 1989 |
In this era of quickly passing fads, popular dishes are nothing to get excited about - unless they prove more than flashes in the pan. Those whose popularity lasts appeal to a wide spectrum of tastes. Health factors count, too, in our nutrition-conscious society, and when adaptability and ease of home preparation are also elements of a given dish, then it is sure to retain a permanent place in our culinary honors department. Our menu this month is built around such a dish, one in which we've added grilled chicken to Greek salad to create a hearty main course.
May 10, 2013
Company description: " 'Zoë' means 'life' in Greek, and this is embraced in every aspect of Zoës Kitchen. We embrace the Mediterranean way of life - that a fulfilled, happy life is one shared with family, good friends, great food and that eating wholesome, fresh ingredients is key. " Location: Marlton, N.J. (also in Collegeville and Newtown, Bucks County; coming May 20 to Bryn Mawr). Nutrition information: Zoës is one of a new breed of fast-food chains that emphasize healthy eating.
April 12, 1996 |
She ordered the insalata tricolore; I chose the Greek salad. Then she selected a gnocchi dish and vitello al limone. Meanwhile, I was deciding on the spanakopita and arni kapama. Was she at a trattoria dining Italian, and I all alone at a nearby Greek taverna shouting "opah" between courses? No, we were both at Cafe Zesty, in Manayunk, where the menu has given new meaning to Greco-Roman. Cafe Zesty, the work of Tom Konidaris, opened back in 1993, and a year ago expanded next door to double its size.
September 22, 1999 |
It must be the red, white, and blue neon lights outside the Hollywood USA Cafe Diner attracting motorists traveling down Route 45. The parking lot is always jammed, particularly around lunchtime. The '50s-style diner in Woodbury Heights appears to be the hub for those seeking tasty food without a long wait. Having frequented it on several prior occasions, a friend and I hopped in the car on our one-hour break to indulge once again. As usual, we were immediately seated upon arrival.
February 23, 1990 |
Philadelphia doesn't have many Greek restaurants, if you don't count coffee shops. By sheer coincidence, two small, reasonably-priced Greek restaurants recently opened on Third Street, just 10 blocks from each other. Dmitri's and Third Street Ouzo are as different as Sparta and Athens. The more spartan of the two is Dmitri's, where the menu is mainly no-fuss fresh fish dishes and the American owner-chef works behind what was once a lunch counter. Third Street Ouzo in Old City has spent a few more decorator dollars on a handsome bar and comfortable, pastel-painted booths.
February 3, 1989 |
Vegetarian restaurants have tended not to fare well in Center City. Brave, then, is the Magic Carpet Cafe, which opened about a year ago in the still- developing 1500 block of South Street. This is a pleasant, laid-back, sun-filled corner spot for a rock-bottom- cheap lunch to eat in or take out. The owner has had sufficient success to think about starting dinner service soon. Magic Carpet's imaginative menu lists dishes native to Italy, France, Greece, Mexico, the Middle East, and the United States - all meatless, all very fresh.
February 1, 1995 |
In Greece, where ancient and modern worlds entwine, olive oil becomes a soothing balm, a culinary touchstone as comforting as the ubiquitous Greek salad, fresh bread and heady anise-flavored ouzo. And Greeks consume more olive oil than any other people in the world - 4.4 gallons per capita in 1991, the last year for which the Greek Trade Commission has figures. Incidentally, this olive-oil-rich cuisine is part of the Mediterranean diet touted by experts for its heart-health benefits and can be found in the various dishes that make a meal.
June 16, 1986 |
Wearing a Panama hat, a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, James Arnold, 27, looked decidedly American as he stood in line for some moussaka and a Greek salad at yesterday's Greek Festival at Penn's Landing. As a Greek band played nearby, Arnold said that despite his American look, he felt very much at home at the event. "I was just in Greece a couple of weeks ago," he explained. "I wanted to come and get some Greek food and hear some music and to tell everyone that Athens, Greece is a safe place to visit.
July 2, 1997 |
It's impossible to miss the Adelphia Family Restaurant in Deptford. Not only are there signs directing you to its door, but the restaurant's South Beach exterior color scheme and bright green awning are tough to ignore. Business was booming on a recent Thursday night, with the large center bar buzzing, and the dining rooms on either side full of families, as well as a healthy share of senior-citizen clientele. Adelphia, owned and operated by the Ballis family, combines diner-style comfort with touches of Victoriana throughout the spacious restaurant.
July 25, 2014 |
The humble mason jar has become the symbol of DIY culture, Pinterest aspiration, and nostalgia for homespun days of yore. Invented in Philadelphia in 1858 and revived by neo-food preservationists and Martha Stewart wedding pictorials circa the early aughts, the old-timey glass with the tin lid has become the go-to restaurant vessel for cocktails, single-serve cakes, and plain old tap water. Mason jars just seem to make everything look simple - in a good way. It's not only a matter of aesthetics, though.