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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2009 | By LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News
Even in this economy, there are celebrations and times to splurge. Still, you want to feel your money was well-spent and worth the pinching elsewhere to make it happen. Chifa Restaurant, the 4-week-old addition to Jose Garces' stable of small plate restaurants riffing on Latin flavors, looks as though it is up to the challenge. Chifa is named for an authentic cuisine in Peru and was created by Cantonese immigrants using Latin ingredients to make dishes of their homeland. Garces, who has three other restaurants in the city, describes his chef de cuisine Chad Williams as indispensable.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
If you are craving predictability on the restaurant row (Eastern Division) that is the 700 block of Chestnut Street, you might want to walk right on past Chifa, the newest Jose Garces contender: The prime steaks are next door at the vaulted-ceilinged Union Trust; the comfort food is at Jones across the street, where "Thanksgiving Dinner," should you have missed it (or have an off-season hankering for it), is on the menu every night. At the Peruvian-Chinese hybrid called Chifa you will find, instead, bowls of chaufa rice, a stir-fry dotted with chorizo and topped with sweetly tender soy-glazed scallops, and diminutive ceviches far more complex (and the flavors far more balanced)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2008 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
There are two characters cagily circling the plates of spice and wonder at Distrito, West Philly's hot new taco and tequila palace. And I'm not talking about the Mexican wrestlers in sparkly masks who smack flesh in the lucha libre movies continuously projected over this loco pink-and-green dining room. Jose Garces is grappling with the ghost of his first big success. These days, of course, he's become the Latin cruiserweight champ of Philly chefs, an Iron Chef-slayer extraordinaire, our Spanish tapas king.
FOOD
September 25, 2008 | By Rick Nichols INQUIRER FOOD COLUMNIST
Jose Garces was Latino way before Latino was cool. Before it was prefixed with nuevo. Before the Chicago of his childhood had a single Latin restaurant - "zero," he recalls - though the occasional taqueria had begun to sprout. He is a stocky, serious, focused 36 now, the toast of the town - a recent Iron Chef win under his belt, three tapas restaurants, Amada, Tinto and Distrito, climbing the charts, with one (Peruvian-Chinese Chifa) on the way. Maybe two, if you count the low-key-burger-high-end-whiskey joint he has up his sleeve.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2008 | By BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
LEAVE IT to Jose Garces to capture the crazy, wonderful, delicious world of Mexico City's cuisine under one roof. He's done exactly that at Distrito, the energetic two-story space he recently opened at 3945 Chestnut St. in West Philadelphia. "What I love about Mexico City is how it can be so urban, with street food everywhere, and so sophisticated at the same time. There's two different spectrums in terms of food," said Garces, who, along with his culinary and design team, spent eight days chowing his way through the city in February.
FOOD
July 13, 2006 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chef Jose Garces left the glittering cocoon of Stephen Starr's organization, where he helmed Alma de Cuba and then El Vez, to open Amada, his intoxicating Spanish tapas establishment in Old City. He did so, however, with considerable trepidation. "I was petrified," Garces says, sitting near the immense marble bar crowned by three hanging Serrano hams, $210 apiece. Garces, 33, certainly doesn't look petrified. He doesn't look like a man on the brink of creating a gustatory empire, either, which he appears to be. "I basically signed my life away.
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