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Restaurant Review: Charlie Was a Sinner

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Just how much sinning do you like to do over dinner?

That’s a good question to chew on at Nicole Marquis’s mysterious new bar on 13th Street, where you can drink bourbon and absinthe beneath a looming hardback edition of In Cold Blood, watch sultry projections of Marilyn Monroe flicker upon the ruffles of a diaphanous wall curtain, and soak up your alcohol with food completely untainted by animal products.


In an era abounding with culinary hobgoblins—gluten for him, fructose for her, GMOs for the guy down the street—veganism still reigns unrivaled as the diet of the ethically upright. But the plant-only jawn feels a little racier at Charlie Was a Sinner, and not just because it’s next door to the last surviving porn shop on this once-seedy strip. Marquis, the woman behind HipCityVeg, named her lounge the way Elmore Leonard started crime novels. Who’s Charlie? Has he—or she—repented? Exactly what sort of sin are we talking about here?

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Morning Headlines: Realtors and Architects Excluded From Yesterday’s Elections

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Election results and the legalization of gay marriage have basically taken most of the headlines today, but let’s see what we can dig up on in the worlds of real estate and design.

Charlie was a sinner. Gets A Menu And Opens The Doors: new restaurant with enraging punctuation and syntax (though Fiona Apple would probably be into it) opens on 13th Street. [Foobooz]
Jon Stewart Slams Philly, Cheesesteaks, Art Museum, Phanatic: He won’t have those stairs to mock for long if Frank Gehry’s plan gets realized. [Philly Mag]


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Charlie was a sinner. Gets A Menu And Opens The Doors

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Charlie was a sinner.–the completely-bizarrely-named (and punctuated) new vegan bar and restaurant from HipCityVeg’s Nicole Marquis–is now up and running on 13th Street.

The Insider has been all over this place from the beginning and, although the website still appears to be on placeholder status, if you really want to check out what chef Mike Santoro and his crew have on the board, Michael Klein has a copy of the menu.


The menu at Charlie was a sinner. [pdf]

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