October 3, 2014
EVERY restaurant has its problems, but few are as specific as Marigold Kitchen's. Take the cold call the staff fielded the other day. "Are you still serving meat loaf?" the caller inquired. If this were a comedy sketch, GM Chris Albert would silently run down the modernist tasting menu - making deliberate note of elements like basil seltzer, black garlic and cubeb - and reply with a deadpan, "No, ma'am. " Meat loaf has not been offered at this West Philly BYOB for a decade-plus.
September 18, 2014 |
A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths yesterday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut twentysomethings linked to the shocking assault. The chase heated up after cops released video of about a dozen white men and women wanted for questioning in the attack on the two men, ages 27 and 28. That attack, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Chancellor Street near 16th, took place in front of stunned onlookers and sent the couple, together for six years, to Hahnemann University Hospital with bruises and, for one of them, severe facial fractures.
September 12, 2014 |
To fully comprehend the juggernaut that is Center City District Restaurant Week, on now through Sept. 19, it helps to spend a few minutes plumbing the archive of Philadelphia restaurateurs' stream-of-consciousness - that is, their Twitter accounts. See, for example, @BrauhausSchmitz, the handle of the German beer garden on South Street. In a few years, it went from defiant (Sept. 12, 2011, "Who needs restaurant week? You can always get 3 courses at Brauhaus for $35!") to remorseful (Jan.
September 5, 2014 |
The farm-to-table movement has become so pervasive, it's moved beyond trend status to the expected norm for any serious modern kitchen. The table-to-farm movement, however, is only just taking root. And as local farmers dedicated to sustainable agriculture strive to share their mission with consumers by bringing them to the source, they are finding that one feature is just as essential as the picturesque landscape and grass-fed meats: a restaurant. "The whole purpose of this farm for me was to raise the food this way and sell directly to people," said Dean Carlson, who recently added an alfresco dinner service to his Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook, Chester County.
September 4, 2014 |
IS FORMER mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino getting into the restaurant business in Florida? GossipExtra.com, run by Miami Herald contributor/former New York Daily News reporter Jose Lambiet , seems to think so. Lambiet reports that Merlino and investors will open a restaurant "in the heart of Boca Raton," which Merlino has called home since completing his 14-year prison stint for racketeering. Lambiet quotes business broker Daron Tersakyan , who was not familiar with Merlino but confirmed that investors "want to set up a high-end, South Philadelphia-style Italian place.
August 29, 2014 |
If it smells kind of scorched around here, it's probably not the errant crumbs in your toaster oven. More likely it's the wafting scent of all the fire-scarred foods coming out of local restaurants: Charred salad greens, charred squids and octopi, charred slices of bread with charred vegetable spreads. And there's no escaping the avalanche of charred brussels sprouts. "The trend we're seeing is open-flame cooking. Whether it's wood-burning ovens, charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, or simple gas ranges, cooks are really experimenting with fire," says Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
August 19, 2014
NEVER TRUST a skinny chef. Nor one with a spotless apron. I trust Walter Staib, built like a Black Forest barrel with a winter-frost Vandyke. In a world crawling with skinny chefs, Iron Chefs and nuisance chefs, give me Walter. "I don't have tattoos, I haven't been in jail, I'm an ordinary guy," he says. This ordinary guy has published six cookbooks, his PBS "A Taste of History" series snagged four Emmys in five seasons, he's a mega-consultant who has launched 650 restaurants around the globe.
August 10, 2014 |
Cherry Hill appears to have arrived on the culinary front as South Jersey's latest foodie town. The township will host its first Restaurant Week - modeled after Philadelphia's but on a smaller scale - Sunday through next Saturday. "It's great for Cherry Hill to do something on its own," said Aldo Lamberti, owner of Caffe Aldo Lamberti at 2011 Route 70 W., one of the participants. "Of course, not just Cherry Hill people are coming to town. " Twenty-one other restaurants are taking part - located along Routes 70 and 38, and at Cherry Hill Mall and the Market Place at Garden State Park.
July 31, 2014 |
A funky soda fountain and restaurant in Collingswood known as the Pop Shop is planning to open a second location in downtown Medford in late fall. The new Pop Shop, which will be decorated with painted aqua, hot pink, and peach-colored "soda bubbles" against a yellow background, will be in the former Farmers & Mechanics Bank at 1 S. Main Street, said Bill "Stink" Fisher, a co-owner who will run the restaurant. Fisher, an actor who appeared in Invincible and The Lovely Bones , said the 100-year-old building will be renovated and reopen as a 150-seat restaurant with a mezzanine and later may provide outdoor seating.