January 12, 2014 |
RESTAURANTS Banana Leaf 1009 Arch St., 215-592-8288; bananaleafphilly.com This Penang spin-off has overtaken the original as my favorite Chinatown Malaysian due to consistency and vivid flavors. Don't miss the delicate roti canai pancakes with chicken curry, spot-on satay, steamed poh piah jicama spring rolls, crispy whole fish in tangy Thai sauce, fried squid with funky "special sauce," or the richly curried beef rendang. Bar-Ly 101 N. 11th St., 215-922-2688; bar-ly.com Come here to drink and watch a game more than to eat. But Chinatown's first craft-beer bar has 60 taps with a generally high-quality lineup (Great Lakes, Unibroue, Staropramen)
January 9, 2014 |
ARDMORE The mixed-use residential and retail development proposed by Dranoff Properties would add 36 public parking spaces in downtown Ardmore, a representative of the firm said during a presentation to the Planning Commission on Tuesday. Josh Weingram, Dranoff project manager, also said the firm was negotiating to bring a "celebrity chef" restaurant to the planned development on Cricket Avenue. One Ardmore Place would include a three-story parking structure, 110 underground parking spaces for residents, and some surface parking.
January 3, 2014
SO, a Trinidadian auto specialist and a Guyanese-Muslim business strategist walk into a combination restaurant, grocery and carpet-installation center in Delco . . . That sounds like the setup to the most convoluted crack in comedic history, but it's not a joke - it's the seed that sprouted Bad Habit, a distinctive Caribbean restaurant in diverse Upper Darby. Exploring the cuisine of the islands through American-influenced street food and a halal-friendly approach, owners Sheldon Crosbie and Zahid Khan are addressing a void many don't even realize demands filling.
January 3, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. Just as Marie Repici and her husband, Thomas, happened upon the then-for-sale Chatterbox almost 42 years ago, when they came to town to buy a pizza-dough machine and ended up buying a restaurant instead, perhaps a new owner will again stumble on the place. Marie Repici, 82, who has been through floods, deaths of close family members, and the day-to-day stresses of running an eatery, hasn't formally listed the property for sale after recently deciding that it's time to retire.
January 2, 2014 |
The crystal ball for the 2014 Philadelphia-area restaurant scene shows assorted bright spots: a Jose Garces restaurant where he himself will cook, a Marc Vetri project at the Navy Yard, George Sabatino's solo debut in Rittenhouse, a Mexican restaurant in Rittenhouse, a few brewpubs, a restaurant within a butcher shop, two vegan bars, a locavore-themed bar-restaurant for Washington Square West, and Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery . ...
December 24, 2013 |
One woman was sitting in a window seat at La Colombe, lost in a discussion about a Macy's sale, when someone snatched her wallet from her purse. Alyssa Abbott had just finished lunch at a Chestnut Street cafe when she noticed how light her tote bag felt. And Temple University student Rachael Young was packing up her laptop at Starbucks when she realized her wallet was gone. Pickpockets. Or, more precisely, the work of what police now call "sneak thieves. " If the best friend of the coffeehouse thief is distraction, then the holiday season, with its crowded shops of hurried shoppers, offers the pickpocket prime opportunities.
December 20, 2013 |
Cuban diner from Garces Rosa Blanca - Jose Garces' Cuban diner that opened this week at 707 Chestnut St. - might be his most ambitious restaurant to date. He and his crew are executing several different concepts. It's a diner, takeout shop, rum bar, and sit-down restaurant with dishes from chef Yun Fuentes, last at JG Domestic. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, so there will be breakfast served in a part of town short on options.
December 20, 2013 |
AN UPSCALE Center City restaurant known for its hefty beer list is now barred by law from selling those brews. Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday that the liquor cabinet at The Farmer's Cabinet, on Walnut Street near 11th, was closed after investigators found the restaurant had been selling alcohol without a license since October. Matt Swartz, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Colleen, was arrested Wednesday after admitting to forging a temporary license used to justify its operations to investigators from the state's Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
December 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A city man suspected of a December smash-and-grab burglary spree was arrested over the weekend on charges he stole cash from four Center City restaurants, police said Sunday. Keith McClary, 56, was stopped by police Saturday on the 300 block of South 19th Street because they said he matched the description of the burglaries seen in surveillance videos. Detectives raided McClary's home on the 700 block of South Martin Street and found a leather jacket believed to be the one the burglar wore, police said.
December 8, 2013 |
THE FIRST TIME someone robbed Ryan Zheng's South Philly sushi restaurant, he wasn't there. When the robber returned just two weeks later, Zheng panicked, telling his staff to run into the basement. But the third time, Zheng acted. He says the decision was made for him. "My family was in danger," Zheng, 34, said yesterday in Terryin Sushi Bar on Snyder Avenue near 4th Street. "My mind just went blank; all I thought was, 'I gotta protect them.' " Zheng said he was in the restaurant's bathroom Thursday when Tishon Jones, 19, walked in and pointed a gun at his wife.