I have never trusted the Michelin Guide. The stars, the coins, the abject Frenchiness of it — it’s always bothered me.
I’ve never worked in a city where Le Guide was a force, so maybe that’s why. As of this moment, there are only four American cities where Michelin ranks restaurants (Chicago, New York, San Francisco (and the larger Bay Area) and Washington D.C.), and I call none of them home. And yet, the reach of its opinions touches everywhere. Walnut Street Cafe was a big deal because it was being brought to life by a crew from New York who’d gotten one star for Rebelle and then brought their talents here. Now that we know Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be coming to the Comcast World Domination Spire, we have to consider his three stars.
We have to get excited, because those stars? For some reason, people believe them to be portable. Like you’re granted them for life and get to wear them everywhere you go.
That is the part that bothers me. Because that’s the part that’s absolute bullshit. Read more »
This is the best thing that could possibly happen to 1523 Walnut. Or maybe the second-best thing (I once suggested turning the storied former home of Le Bec Fin into the world’s largest Jamba Juice, and still think that would’ve been a fine use for the space). Or, possibly, just one of a thousand best things that could’ve happened.
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Le Bec Fin 2.0 | Mike Persico
With this weekend’s closing of Avance at 1523 Walnut Street, we thought we’d look back at the modern history of this most storied address. Check out our timeline history of the fall from popularity of what was the most famous restaurant address in Philadelphia.
Timeline of 1523 Walnut Street »