First Look: South


Despite having an extremely un-Googlable name (you try typing “south restaurant Philadelphia” into the search field and let me know how it goes), South–the latest offering from restauranteurs Robert and Benjamin Bynum and chef Paul Martin has opened on North Broad Street. The Bynum brothers, previously involved with jazz venues Warmdaddy’s and Zanzibar Blue, as well as Chestnut Hill’s Paris Bistro and the recently shuttered Heirloom, are sticking to what they know with this one: homey food and live music.

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Another New Fall Menu: Mercato BYOB

Mercato BYOB, located at 1216 Spruce Street in Washington Square West, just launched a new fall menu full of rich, Italian-American comfort food inspired by traditional Old World cuisine.

The new menu features an array of dishes within the three-course selections, as well as a four-course tasting menu offered on request.

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Estia Is Celebrating Its Ten Year Anniversary

EstiaStarting this Friday, October 16th, and continuing through the end of the weekend, Estia is celebrating their 10-year anniversary with a lavish three-course meal and $5 festive cocktail.

Estia is known to transport their guests to the Greek islands through their homelike ambiance reminiscent of a traditional Mediterranean home along with a specially prepared, authentic Greek menu.

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Sneak Preview: Marigold’s New Autumn Menu


The crew at Marigold Kitchen (chef-owners Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza, along with chef de cuisine Keith Krajewski) like surprises. Their seasonal menus are always shrouded in secrecy right up until they’re released–and even then they want people who come in for the 13-15 course prix fixe to be surprised when the plates hit the table, so they’re always changing things up.

That said, it’s also important to give people a sense of what they might be eating before asking them for ninety bucks and a couple hours of their lives. Which is why the Marigold crew have released details (and photos) of a few of the courses from their new fall menu. Check it all out below.

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The Dirt: What To Get At The Farmers Market This Weekend


The trees are starting to turn, and even with warmer temperatures lingering it’s finally starting to look like Autumn out there. Two Harvest Festivals, one at Reading Terminal Market and another at Awbury Arboretum, plus the Rittenhouse Arts and Crafts Fair means that you should have no shortage of opportunities this weekend to spend time outside and even enjoy some pumpkin and apple-themed festivities. If all else fails? A quick stop for a heavy dose of fall ingredients at city farmer’s markets will see you through.

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“Amadaversary” Celebrates 10 Years Of Amada In Philly


10 years is a long time. In the restaurant world (where we celebrate a 1-year anniversary like its remarkable and 5 like its unheard of), it’s damn near forever.

So it’s definitely worth mentioning that this month, The Garces Group is presenting “Amadaversary” as three different events celebrating Amada’s 10th Anniversary.

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Philadelphia’s Best Local Spirits


From left: Different Drum Pennsylvania rum, Rowhouse Spirits gin and Bluecoat Barrel Finished gin | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Philadelphia’s booming distilling scene is ridiculously young (thanks to only recently changed licensing laws), and yet we’ve already got spirits on the shelves that can hold their own against some of the most recognizable global brands. Here are seven worth adding to your liquor cabinet.

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Opening Today: Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie

CornerstoneThe brainchild of Christine and Nick Kondra, Cornerstone Cheese & Chatcuterie opens today (Friday, October 9) in Wayne, offering an array of expertly crafted meats and cheeses, prepared foods, a daily menu and cooking demos from visiting chefs being brought in from all over the country.

After traveling the world and exploring the restaurants of top-tier culinary artisans, the Kondras created the concept of Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie as an accumulation of their experiences seeking out exceptionally sourced products from small-batch farms and purveyors.

Their mission? To bring all the things they loved from around the country to the Main Line and to use them as a way to share share their extensive culinary adventures.

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Pizza Is (Finally) On The Menu At Petruce et al


Back in 2013, back when Justin and Jonathan Petruce had just signed a lease for their Walnut Street restaurant, the p-word (one that isn’t their last name) got thrown around a lot.

“So the place is going to have a wood-fired oven?”


“And Jonathan Petruce staged at a pizzeria in Naples?”


“So there’s gonna be pizza at Petruce, right?”

“Well, no…”

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