Worst of Philly 2011

Because you don’t find the best without finding some real duds, too

Ed Rendell in the Daily News: Brilliant idea to get the Guv to pen his thoughts—until he started preaching the obvious.

City Council: Against all reason, fairness, sense of ethics and constituencies’ opinions, it continues to cling to the thievery that is DROP, despite Nutter’s pledge to veto the $258 million scam.

Taking fried chicken off the menu at Resurrection Ale House: Most restaurants don’t kill off their top-selling item—especially when it’s been named one of the 10 best of its kind in the U.S. And sure, the fried chicken has come back as a special, but we want it when we want it and have never been known for our patience.

C-H-E-E-S-E-S-T-E-A-K-E-S: Hey, people at Shank’s. When you open your new place, maybe consider using spellcheck on your awning, ferchrissakes.

Rittenhouse Market: For these prices, you’d think someone would at least consistently bag your groceries for you. And carry them home, telling you at every step how pretty and smart you are.

Kermit Gosnell No competition: This abortion-clinic horror story blows everyone else out of the water.

Village Whiskey: One more hostess rolling her eyes or refusing us a seat until our last party member arrives, and we’re going somewhere else for $12 cocktails. Just sayin’.

Tastykake: Thirty-two million in taxpayer dollars for a new Tastykake plant built for the Georgia company that snapped up all our Krimpets. Nostalgia = bad business.

Speck: Our year-long infatuation with the idea of a Shola Olunloyo eatery (in a Bart Blatstein space, no less!) ended with a limp fizzle once the two contentiously parted ways, leaving us with just our food fantasies to keep us warm at night. Sigh.

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  • Liz

    The WORST animal shelter is Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in Radnor, PA. The staff is rude, the director is pretentious, the shelter is old and dirty and the animals sit there forever, barely acknowledged. They should take lessons from MLAR and be successful fundraisers, but actually care about the animals in their shelter and try to find them homes. Shame on Francisvale and their lousy staff, director and board. I rescued from there a few years back and thank goodness I got my dog out of there. She would have sat there forever, if not. I went back to save another and was treated like dirt. What a disgusting place. It’s not what it was a few years ago.

  • M

    Dear Phiily Mag,
    When having a “best of issue” i find it curious to also include a worst of portion. “just sayin” sorry all of us restaurants cannot cater to the demands of such a renowned journalistic publication that you operate. Its one thing to sing praise on a restaurant and another to completely disregard it. Us the public was not aware of the significance that your palette possess. Good luck and good night!!!!

  • Bob

    I for one appreciate the worsts. In fact, I nominate “Hating” for the worst sentence in something not unlike English: “Us the public was not aware of the significance that your palette possess.”

    Us the public amused.

  • Jenifer

    Lisa Scotoline is the one of the best columnists I have ever read. Her stories represent situations to which we all can relate. I would put her in the same league as the wonderful writers, Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck.

  • Pheobe

    I just LOL@the Village Whiskey bit. SO RIGHT ON. It’s refreshing to read the real truth about places in Philly and this proves all the more that you are a magazine that actually knows what it’s talking about. Hopefully, places like VW beging to learn quickly that this sort of crap just doesn’t fly in the City of Brotherly Love. WELL DONE!