Suburban Snacks: From Fort Washington to Haddonfield and Wegmans Too

Brian Sirhal (left) & Chef Tim Spinner, co-owners of Cantina Feliz in what will be the outside dining area.

Cantina Feliz gets go-ahead for outdoor dining. The 300 square-foot patio is secluded from traffic and will be surrounded by shrubs, trees, flowers and a picket fence. The area will have seating for twenty and should open in late June.

Ralic’s Steakhouse opens in Haddonfield on June 18th. Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ed Battaglia mans the back of the house. [The Insider]

Gemelli in Narberth becomes Aperto this weekend. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]

Wegmans says no to PLCB wine kiosks and Lew Bryson gloats. [Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished]

Redhound Grille has opened in Paoli replacing the Big Easy Saloon. Local sourcing and some organics dot the menu. [The Insider]

Avril in Bala Cynwyd closes after two years. [The Insider]

Popp On Avril

Trey Popp ventures out to Bala Cynwyd to try out Avril, a French restaurant that he feels lacks some focus.

When not hampered by lapses in execution, though, Gatti’s cooking is full of fresh ideas. His curried carrot mousse, whose cloudlike consistency found playful counterpoint in a crust of walnuts and whole-grain farro, was a show-stealing revelation next to a simple grilled rack of lamb. The deep meatiness of his very tender wine-braised brisket got a welcome lift from more of that cherry sauce.

Firing Blanks [City Paper]
Avril [Official Site]

Restaurant Club: 2 New Pizzerias For Starr

The Philly Mag Restaurant Club

This week in Philadelphia Magazine’s Restaurant Club Newsletter.

Restaurant Club Newsletter [Philadelphia Magazine]

Avril: Tale of the Tape

avrilAvril , a Northern Italian and Southern French BYOB opens tonight in Bala Cynwyd.

The Owners

  • The husband and wife team of Christian Gatti and April Lisante
  • Gatti has experience at:
    • City Tavern
    • White Dog
    • Audrey Claire
  • Lisante was a long-time food writer for the Philadelphia Daily News
  • The couple met during a 2003 Daily News photo shoot where Gatti was featured as one of Philadelphia’s “hot, young chefs.”

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Quick Bites

Right now Foobooz crush object, Paesano’s is suffering from too much of a good thing. Since being named the best hoagie by WIP they’ve been getting crushed by business. So for at least right now, the late night hours are off.

Strongbox is a locked box. The Walnut Street bottle bar is closing for the summer. [Meal Ticket]

The Oyster House started lunch service last Monday and its been going gangbusters. Meal Ticket has the menu. [Meal Ticket]

P.Y.T. is aiming for July 3rd. The menu is by Time’s Josh McCullough. [Icepack, City Paper]

Wine Thief has opened on Germantown Avenue. The bistro aims to be affordable with everything under $20 and wine priced at $15 over cost. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

UCity’s MarBar has been redone as Panda Bar. There will be live music and good beer. [Beer Lass]

Local food and music are the backbone of Lucky Old Souls. A new spot opening in the New Bold neighborhood of South Philly. [Kitchenplay]

Former Daily News food writer  April Lisante and her husband are opening Avril, a 50 seat BYOB in Bala Cynwyd. [The Insider]

Bistro M in Berwyn has closed and will be replaced by Meridith’s which is moving from its current location. [Main Line Dine]