Vegan Chef Rich Landau On Meat Cravings, Burger King Fries

Rich Landau, photographed by Jamie Leary.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click here for the full archive.

When you’re talking about vegan restaurants in Philadelphia, the conversation must revolve around Rich Landau, who, along with his wife Kate Jacoby, now own Vedge, V Street, and Wiz Kid, which just debuted in Rittenhouse. Landau has been operating vegan restaurants in Philadelphia since well before you realized it was cool to eat vegan, and here, he tells us all about it. Read more »

Diner en Blanc Philly Is Now the Biggest Diner en Blanc in the Country

Diner en Blanc Philadelphia founder Natanya DiBona, photographed by Claudia Gavin.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click here for the full archive.

This Thursday, thousands of people will converge on a secret location for Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, which is now the largest of the dozens of Diner en Blanc events around the country. So we decided to take a break from talking to Philly’s chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs to speak with the woman behind the oft-maligned party. Read more »

Jose Pistola’s Casey Parker on Hangovers and Corey Feldman

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click here for the full archive.

In this special Best of Philly-edition of Behind the Line, we talk to Casey Parker, one of the owners of Jose Pistola’s, Sancho Pistola’s, and the soon-to-open South Philly outpost, Pistola’s Del Sur. Sancho Pistola’s just won Best of Philly thanks to chef Adán Trinidad’s awesome skills.

My full name is… Casey Wayne Parker. I was told the reason my name is Casey is that my parents wanted a name that would work whether I was a boy or a girl.

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Poi Dog’s Kiki Aranita Explains Why She Never Goes to Chinatown

Kiki Aranita photographed by Claudia Gavin for Philly Mag.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click here for the full archive.

Last week, our special Best of Philly-edition of Behind the Line got up close and personal with Best of Philly-winning Fishtown pizza guru Joe Beddia. This week, we talk to Kiki Aranita, who owns Poi Dog with Chris Vacca. The food truck turned ridiculously busy Rittenhouse shop just picked up its second Best of Philly win. Read more »

Joe Beddia Talks Yelp, Fishtown, and His Pizza Nazi Reputation

Joe Beddia with a copy of the new Best of Philly issue inside his Fishtown pizzeria.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click the links to read the previous Behind the Line interviews with Marc Vetri and Michael Solomonov or click here for the full archive.

The 2017 edition of Best of Philly is now out, so we thought we’d pay a visit to the guy whose pizza graces the cover: Fishtown pizza guru Joe Beddia. We caught up with him on Thursday morning inside his perpetually sweltering Girard Avenue shop. Read more »

Crab Fries King Pete Ciarrocchi Talks Chickie’s & Pete’s, Miller Lite, and Being Gluten Free

Pete Ciarrocchi, photographed by Gene Smirnov.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click the links for previous Behind the Line interviews with Marc Vetri and Michael Solomonov, or to see the full archive, go here.

In honor of National French Fry Day, we thought we would check in with the progenitor of those massively popular crab fries, Chickie’s & Pete’s owner Pete Ciarrocchi.

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The South Philly Tamale Queen Has Some Seriously Good Food Secrets

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. To read the previous Behind the Line, featuring Marc Vetri‘s thoughts on the soda tax and Olive Garden, click here.

South Philly’s Jennifer “Fear” Zavala hasn’t worked full-time in a kitchen in years, but she still manages to keep us interested and, well, entertained, whether she’s hunting down the perp who broke into her house and stole her son’s PlayStation, having the cops show up at her roving South Philly tamale truck, or getting paid to cook with cannabis. So we figured a conversation with her would be anything but boring.

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This Is What Marc Vetri Is Thinking When He Sees You in Line at Olive Garden

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. To read the previous Behind the Line, featuring the amusingly forthright Modo Mio chef Peter McAndrews, click here.

There aren’t too many chefs who can stroll into Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred Louis XV in Monte Carlo, sit at a table in the kitchen, and dine compliments of M. Ducasse. Such is the case with Marc Vetri, who brings his friends Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov to the Navy Yard tonight for Great Chefs, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade.

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Peter McAndrews Talks Closing Modo Mio, Horse Meat, and Why Parc Ain’t So Great

Behind the Line is our new weekly interview series with the people who make up Philly’s dynamic restaurant and bar scene. For last week’s interview with Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s owner William Reed, go here.

When we heard that chef Peter McAndrews had closed two Paesano’s and that his beloved BYOB Modo Mio was next on the list, we got him on the phone to learn more. And he didn’t hold back.

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Behind the Line: Standard Tap’s William Reed Can’t Stand Watermelon Beer

Behind the Line is our new weekly interview series with the people who make up Philly’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. For last week’s interview with a bartender at iconic city dive bar Bob & Barbara’s, go here.

With Philly Beer Week upon us, we decided to check in with Philly Beer Week chairman William Reed, who, along with his business partner Paul Kimport, opened Northern Liberties’ Standard Tap and Fishtown restaurant/music venue Johnny Brenda’s back when those neighborhoods were nothing like they are today.

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