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The Revisit: Vernick Food + Drink

Every restaurant has an inaugural “regular,” and for Vernick, it was me. At least that’s what chef Greg Vernick divulged, with a chuckle, when I […]

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Hipsters and Grandpas: Triangle Tavern Reviewed

There’s only so much you can tell about a restaurant from its staff’s sartorial choices. But Triangle Tavern’s bar — whose bulbous edge gleams darkly with […]

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Rebirth of the Cool: Heritage Reviewed

On the first day, there were Edison bulbs. Twenty-first-century diners across the land gazed up from rough-hewn farm tables, from their plates of artisanal charcuterie […]

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Act Two: Parlor Reviewed

Confession of a city critic: Whenever I have to schlep out to the suburbs, I can’t help but grit my teeth. Expectations drop beyond the […]

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Restaurant Review: Vesper

Two men walk into a bar. “May we go downstairs?” one asks, gesturing toward a bookcase that conceals a secret stairwell. “Do you have the password?” […]

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Of Vinyl, Ramps and Stinging Nettle: Helm Reviewed

You knew this was coming. In Philadelphia, where chefs are constantly popping up in one another’s kitchens or dueling each other at Cook, it was […]

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Fast Fish: Buena Onda Reviewed

Strange things are afoot in Fast Food Nation. McDonald’s, whose 2013 Mighty Wings promotion left the chain sitting on 10 million pounds of unsold chicken, is […]

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Eat This Now: Japanese Knotweed At Petruce Et Al

It’s not every night out that you come across an ingredient that you’ve never heard of before. But here’s an even rarer thing: when you […]

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Retro Week: Revisiting Ralph’s

At Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, where a century’s worth of footsteps have buffed the dining room’s floor mosaic as smooth as the inside of an oyster […]

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Bright Lights, Big City: Palladino’s Reviewed

With all due consideration for sore thumbs and Kim Kardashian’s badonka-donk, nothing sticks out from its surroundings quite like Palladino’s on Passyunk. The Italian chophouse rears […]

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The Revisit: Fond

Every cook loves getting a bigger kitchen, and Lee Styer is no exception. Two-and-a-half years after moving Fond half a block from its original niche […]

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Molto Molto: Gran Caffè L’Aquila Reviewed

Pretend you’ve been led into a new restaurant wearing a blindfold. We’re playing a game: When I uncover your eyes, you try to piece together […]

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The Electric Dim Sum Acid Test: Bing Bing Dim Sum Reviewed

If restaurateurs were rock stars (and in Philly, they’re as close as we come), Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh would be vintage R.E.M. Whether they’re slinging ramen […]

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Restaurant Review: Lo Spiedo

It was no surprise that the Navy Yard’s Saturday-night gate guard greeted my car with wry amusement. Given all the restaurants in all the neighborhoods […]

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Restaurant Review: Juniper Commons

At Juniper Commons, where old newspaper headlines paper two walls in a triumph of microfilm and selective memory, there’s electricity in the air. E. GERMANY OPENS […]