October 22, 2000 |
As the legions of national steak chains continue to march their chops on Philadelphia, I have little doubt that the new Smith & Wollensky has the potential to be one of the best overall restaurants of the lot. And if I could manage to forget the four misfired steaks and the inedible hunk of lard-entombed pork they served me, I'd say it was nearly there. I can hardly resist a seat in one of those comfy booths beside the wall of windows, gazing out above the trees and taxis and street life of Rittenhouse Square as I hunker into a hearty bowl of split-pea soup.
October 15, 1999 |
It's 5:20 p.m. on a damp Sunday and I'm sitting on a bench outside Dmitri's, at 795 S. 3rd St., trying to make peace with a prospective 50-minute wait. Had I arrived 5, maybe 10 minutes earlier, I might have beat the 5 o'clock opening-door rush. Now the claustrophobic dining room is packed, chatter is accelerating and I can almost feed off the energy inside the no-frills fish house, a regular on national "best of" lists, most recently on Gourmet magazine's "America's Top Tables" as the city's top moderately priced restaurant.
March 27, 1999 |
The owner of the Pub restaurant closed the South Jersey landmark last night and said it would not reopen unless the union representing about 85 employees worked out a deal with a businessman hoping to buy the steak house. Owner Gary Perez said that if would-be purchaser Marc Gelman and Local 54 of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union did not reach an agreement, he would try to sell the property to a developer. "Right now, the union and the purchaser are negotiating to try to come to a contract," said Perez, whose father-in-law, the late George Wolfman, opened the Pub at the Airport Circle in 1953.
October 16, 1998 |
At Shula's Steak 2, in the Sheraton University City Hotel, we looked at the menu and decided not to order the 325 - a 12-ounce top sirloin that takes its menu name from the win that made Don Shula the winningest coach in NFL history. Top sirloin isn't what you usually go to steak houses for, but the - pardon the expression - prime reason for the rejection was based on history, not cuts of meat. The coach's 325th win came in Philadelphia in November 1993 at the expense of the Eagles, with a 19-14 Miami Dolphins victory.
July 3, 1998 |
In September, the Antique Fire Association will be holding its annual convention in Trevose, which means interesting historic fire displays, lots of antique fire trucks, and hordes of visitors. So it made sense that when the local Gibson Road chapter of the organization went checking on some hot spots for the conventioneers, they stopped by Engine 46 Steak House behind RiverView Plaza. Now a restaurant, the historic building was built in 1894 and is architecturally significant because of its molded brick work and Flemish detailing.
December 17, 1997 |
Police said yesterday that they were surprised additional security measures put in place at the Lone Star Steak House had failed to thwart the third robbery there since Sept. 1. The restaurant at 5050 W. Ridge Pike, near a Blue Route entrance, was robbed about 7:30 a.m. Monday by a man with a gun who fled with an undisclosed amount of money. After the first robbery, the restaurant added security recommended by police, said Plymouth Detective Jeff McGee. "They [restaurant management]
December 11, 1995 |
In a few weeks, Mr. Armadillo's Steak House and Saloon is expected to take over the defunct Seafood Shanty restaurant on Route 130, replacing the fishing nets and gear with a Southwestern theme. Nicholas Kouvatas said he and his partners are planning to go to settlement later this month and hope to open the new restaurant in February. He said more than $500,000 in interior and exterior renovations are anticipated. Two years ago, Joseph Gentile, owner of the 14-restaurant Seafood Shanty chain, declared bankruptcy and began closing the restaurants.
October 13, 1995 |
If there is a category for new restaurants that have set the world on fire, it would have to include Engine 46 Steak House, which opened recently in RiverView Plaza at Reed and Water Streets - in a firehouse that dates back to 1894. From the time the doors opened four weeks ago, this was a hot property. There were lines to get in, tons of people and an average waiting time of about 25 minutes. Weeknights were no exception. The steakhouse is the concept of Rick Blatstein, who also has given us Philly Rock Cafe and Maui.
September 14, 1995 |
For months, Third Ward Commissioner Lee Janiczek has led a crusade against the Outback Steakhouse on Baltimore Pike, and the aromas of sizzling steak and onions that waft from the exhaust system and into the noses of neighbors. The odors are "horrendous," Janiczek said, addding that the popular restaurant in the Olde Sproul Shopping Center should be shut down if the problems persist. The restaurant has been visited several times by Janiczek and the township health officer, who cited it twice - once during the summer and again this week - for a violation of an ordinance that prohibits the discharge of gases, steam, smoke or anything else that interferes with residents' ability to breathe fresh air, said Township Manager Michael T. LeFevre.
April 16, 1995 |
The steady flow of traffic into the local Ruth's Chris Steak House suggests that there are advantages to being a link in a large, successful chain. On two recent occasions this observer noted that many of the restaurant's patrons seemed to be out-of-towners reveling in the security of dining where the food and format were familiar. The restaurant, which arrived in Center City in 1988, has changed so little in seven years that I could almost use my original review of the place here verbatim.