June 7, 1992 |
It is all too easy to take familiar restaurants for granted, but if we do that with an old favorite such as Steak & Ale, we'll miss out on a good experience. The restaurant adjacent to the Valley Forge Music Fair has been around for many years but has lost none of its charm: It remains an exceptionally attractive, comfortable place with very good food at moderate prices. Although Steak & Ales were started by the Pillsbury Co. as a national chain, this is an independent franchise in which the owners clearly know what they are doing.
October 6, 1989 |
After four years of darkness at 516 S. 5th St., a new restaurant is open where one called Wildflowers used to be. It's called Charles, and if my musty memory serves me correctly, the newcomer's two dining rooms look exactly like those of the previous occupant. Charles has even kept the same phone number. Wildflowers was one of the most precocious offsprings of the 1970s restaurant renaissance. For a time during its 13-year lifespan, it was one of the most popular places in the city, best known for a bountiful salad bar and a brunch with fanciful offerings like duck crepes.
July 30, 1989 |
"Let's go out for dinner tonight" may be one of the most joyful phrases in the English language, mainly because dining out means no food shopping, no cooking and no cleaning up. But for some people, going out to a restaurant - whether it's McDonald's or Bookbinder's - can also mean no common sense. Even health-conscious folks who routinely eat nutritious meals at home become more than a bit careless with their food selections once they enter the doors of a public foodery. Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, those same people who carefully avoid fatty foods and high-calorie cocktails at home suddenly become gluttons for punishment - literally - when they sit down to a restaurant meal.
November 13, 1987 |
It's called the Beverly Hills Bar & Grill these days - probably because of all the old-time actors and actresses hanging out there now. Hanging on the walls, that is, in poster-prints of vintage Hollywood movies. The Beverly Hills Bar & Grill is downstairs at the southwestern corner of the Bourse Building, where the Heartthrob Cafe used to be. You remember the Heartthrob, the place where the menu items had names such as Little Anthony and the Appetizers, Edie Gourmet Burgers and Nat King Cole Slaw.
May 5, 1999 |
Steak is no longer a guilty pleasure. As long as a body doesn't partake too often, red meat isn't going to send a healthy person to an early grave. Which is why a visit to Charlie Brown's Steakhouse in Woodbury seemed like a capital idea on a recent Tuesday night. The 15-year-old restaurant, one of three in the area (the other locations are in Maple Shade and Mount Holly), is part of a 27-restaurant chain based in North Jersey. The Woodbury location is in a sprawling storefront building on Broad Street.
May 2, 2001 |
Mobster or prosecutor, TV reporter or defense attorney, consigliere's brother or police commissioner - aren't we really all the same when we're sitting in front of nice chicken parm with a little rigatoni on the side? We are. Especially if that cutlet is breaded just right - light, golden - and the gravy tastes like grandmom's and the cheese isn't 9 inches thick and the rigatoni is al dente. This is how they make it at Pagano's Market, an eatery that has become the lunchtime home for players of the Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino mob racketeering trial.
August 30, 1991 |
If you enjoy reasonably priced food, ample portions and a menu with a lot of variety, you have to like Ruby Tuesday, a Southern-theme restaurant at Franklin Mills mall in Northeast Philadelphia. This Ruby Tuesday is one of 150 company-owned restaurants. It has been open a year and was the chain's first Northeast venture. About 10 others have opened since, including one in the Christiana Mall in Newark, Del. Another is scheduled to open in Freehold, N.J., next month. The restaurant looks pretty much like other theme chains: lots of wood, Tiffany lamps, brass planters, posters and antique-like furniture.
April 20, 2006 |
Early one lovely morning this spring, I peered through the kitchen window to see a surprise in my backyard. Quiet as church mice, six deer were meandering through it. You always know they are out there somewhere, but it's still surreal to be a stone's throw away from wild creatures. I was entranced - until I realized the deer were munching on the tender shoots of our prized daylilies. It was deja vu all over again. My husband and I moved out into the country in 1993 and have lived in relatively peaceful coexistence with all our woodland neighbors.
May 1, 2009 |
The past few years, we've seen an explosion in restaurants offering small plates with global flavors. Our tastes include sushi, tapas and even Peruvian Chinese. Now, with national attention on Zahav and a loyal local following for the BYOB Kanella, we've landed squarely on pan-Middle Eastern fare. If you want to try Israeli and Turkish cuisine in a more casual setting without the white tablecloth, try Hamifgash, on Sansom Street near 8th. Hamifgash means "meeting place.
June 21, 1987 |
Wearing a conservative suit that contrasted with the supermarket delicatessen section around him, David Shelton spooned cottage cheese and strawberries onto an aluminum plate. In about a minute, Shelton had deftly assembled his lunch-time salad, popped a lid on the plate and shot to the checkout at the Genuardi's Super Market in Chesterbrook. "It's nice to be able to get a nice, light lunch someplace," said Shelton, who was rushing back to his General Motors Corp. office in Chesterbrook one day last week to relax and eat in privacy.