June 3, 1990 |
The sign tacked to the outside of the plain building on the corner of Third Street and Girard Avenue says that the small bar and restaurant is open despite the remodeling. What it doesn't tell you is that just about all the remodeling has been accomplished, and that the restaurant's Spanish-specialties menu has been expanded to include entrees along with tapas - those savory dishes that serve as Spanish hors d'oeuvres. When it first opened, the restaurant - appropriately named Tapas - served only the hors d'oeurves, though a few could be had in entree sizes.
September 13, 1992 |
Tapas, a tiny treasure at Third and Girard that scores of my foodie friends think of as their secret place, has been in business four years. For three of those years, I've been trying to get Walt the wary to go there with me. I finally succeeded. As I expected, he liked it as much as I did. We both like the way Tapas looks. A dark stamped-tin ceiling from an earlier incarnation gleams softly overhead, reminding me, at least, of hand- tooled leather. Tables have colorful cloths and small bouquets of fresh flowers.
September 9, 1988 |
The letter came from a neighborhood resident who claimed he had no connection to the restaurant. Nevertheless, he said, "I would like to recommend that you give a write-up to Tapas. . . . It is very attractive and the food is good, but it is almost empty and I fear it will go out of business without some publicity. " When I mentioned the missive to acerbic colleague Stu Bykofsky, he harrumphed, "The way you give out stars, you'll probably close the place down for good. " Wrong this time, gossip breath!
September 25, 2008 |
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.
February 2, 2012
HOW MUCH tapas is too much tapas? My dining companion asked me this question as we ate and drank at Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's new tapas spot, Jamonera. Now, before I answer that, a confession: I love Spain; I love tapas. Some of the best nights of my life have been spent in one Spanish town or another, hopping from bar to bar, dropping a handful of euros on small bites and glasses of wine or sherry in one spot, then moving on to the next. I love Spain and tapas so much that last fall I was invited to judge an international tapas competition in Valladolid, Spain.
May 1, 1994 |
Pamplona's doors were unlocked when we arrived for our first review meal early on a recent weeknight. We walked inside to find a dining room that we would have sworn was ready for business. But no. "We're closed. We open at 5:30," said the tall young woman blocking our way. "It's that now," said I. "Not quite," said she. Near at hand was a bench where we might have waited without interfering with whatever final business the staff needed to transact. I was sure that's what the woman would suggest so I said, jokingly, "Would you like us to wait outside?"
September 16, 2010 |
Bold idea there, naming a restaurant/tequila bar after a fertility god. That's what entrepreneur Adam Solomon, along with partners Richard Brenner and Kenny Yeretzian, are doing with Kokopelli , at 1904 Chestnut St. The spot, for many years a Little Pete's diner, spent a brief period as Pearl and later, even more briefly, was Akoya. Solomon, who expects the opening late this year, says the menu will feature American Southwestern tapas. What's new The cozy/casual Lillian's Cafe has replaced Alphabet Soup (34 W. Merchant St., Audubon, Camden County, 856-547-1902)
July 13, 2006 |
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.
March 2, 2008 |
I've dipped fresh churros into the profound darkness of Apamate's hot chocolate more than once and thought to myself: This is one of the most sublime morsels of indulgence Philadelphia has to offer. And yet Cafe Apamate, the paprika-colored Spanish bistro that Ane Ormaechea opened on South Street in May 2006, has never been formally reviewed. Ormaechea shouldn't take it personally, as she has plenty of company. I currently have a list of 119 restaurants, old and new, that would be more than worthy of a complete review in this space.
October 11, 2007
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