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Taste: Spirits: Drink Here Now: Ultimo/Brew

What: A gourmet coffee shop and craft beer store, all under one roof. The concept: The coffee and beer scenes share similarities: a renewed focus […]

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Taste: Spirits: Red, Hot

“Ellen’s fanatical about 65 degrees,” my bartender at Fork said, handing me my $12 glass of barbera. He was referring to Ellen Yin, Fork’s owner, […]

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Taste: Spirits: Spin the Bottle

If you’re a cocktail drinker in Philadelphia, times have never been better. And as a wine writer who has always enjoyed a cocktail as a […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Brauhaus Schmitz

Although I wasn’t exactly feeling the lack of a German beer hall in my eating-out portfolio, I loved the new Brauhaus Schmitz from wife/husband owners […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Savona Redux

After 12 years, Savona has been reworked by owner Evan Lambert and his team into a regional Italian spot with a modern vibe — including […]

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Dispatches From Dave: The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company

Took the folks out after dinner at Parc for some top–quality cocktails at The Franklin, Philadelphia’s newest faux–speakeasy-style bar, located on 18th Street in the […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Ooka Sushi in Montgomeryville

Newly opened Ooka Sushi, a modern, ambitious 210–seater improbably located in a renovated Blockbuster Video on a busy stretch of Route 309, is the fourth […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Inside the Kitchen at Mercato

I particularly enjoy Mercato in the warmer months — outdoor seating and open windows expand the space — and its combination of casual and quality […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Inside Oyster House

Here’s a quick look at the new Oyster House on its opening night, featuring some deft shucking by one of the chefs. The space is […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Zahav Hosts the Restaurant Club

Zahav, the number-one restaurant on the 2009 Philly Mag 50, hosted the second Restaurant Club dinner on Tuesday. Eighty lucky (and fast-dialing) RC members enjoyed […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Dinic’s Roast Pork — Best Sandwich Ever

Perhaps the best sandwich ever, and perfect for a Saturday afternoon at Reading Terminal Market: Dinic’s roast pork with sharp provolone and a bit of […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Terence Feury in the Kitchen at Fork

I caught up with good–natured Terence Feury — former leader of the kitchens at Striped Bass, the Ritz-Carlton, and, most recently, at ill–fated Maia in Villanova […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Ultimo Coffee in South Philly

Took the bike out on Saturday for a ride down to Aaron Ultimo’s new coffee shop on the corner of 15th Street and Mifflin in […]

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Dispatches From Dave: First Night at Noble

Just enjoyed dinner at Noble on the 2000 block of Sansom Street — the first night of regular service. This stretch of Sansom is shaping […]

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Dispatches From Dave: Mypressi Portable Personal Espresso Maker

For those who can’t be without a great shot of espresso while on the road, the new mypressi TWIST is the solution. Recently at a […]