Look at ’em. They look so happy. So calm. So unaware of what’s coming…
Forget Center City Sips…when the weather is as gray and nasty as it is today, it’s all about Center City soups.
But where are the best? Don’t worry. We went out and answered that question for you. Here’s a list of places that offer up the good stuff in any number of ways – creamy, spicy, tomato-y, you name it.
Restaurant Business magazine has released its list of the Top 100 Independent Restaurants by Sales in the United States. And Stephen Starr owns five of them. Starr’s NYC Buddakan was ranked #9 with estimated sales of $21.5 million. His top Philadelphia restaurant is Parc with estimated sales of $11.9 million.
The top independent restaurant is Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas with sales of $64.4 million. The only other nearby restaurant on the list is The Lobster House in Cape May, New Jersey. Despite a short busy season, the seafood restaurant brought in $14.5 million in sales.
No longer content wit’ Whiz, Philadelphia has become a cheese-lover’s paradise. Here are five cheese dishes you must try now.
July 14th is Bastille Day and Stephen Starr’s French brasserie, Parc’s 5th birthday. The Rittenhouse restaurant is celebrating with an extravagant celebration featuring special St. Germaine cocktails and new petit ($65 and serves 1 to 3) and grand ($130 and serves 4-6) plateau dishes that include snow crabs, king crabs, lobsters, Taylor Bay scallops, mussels, littleneck clams, West Coast oysters and more.
And what’s more: An accordion player will be in the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. playing classic French music.
Parc [Official Site]
It’s not just the extra “o” that separates the two desserts. Macarons and macaroons are both sweet desserts that use egg whites and sugar as a meringue base and get their names from the Italian word for “meringue”—but it’s pretty much apples and oranges from there.
The annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is this Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The festival extends from Walnut Street from Broad to 19th and on 18th Street, from Locust to Sansom. Over 40 of the areas best restaurants will be serving up their cuisine for your enjoyment at an affordable price. Some highlights of the participating restaurants include a. Kitchen, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-town, Di Bruno Bros., El Rey, Le Bec Fin, Oyster House, Parc, Sbraga, Shake Shack, Vernick, and Village Whiskey.
If that doesn’t make you want go, maybe this will; there will be a tasting area with 20 of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Chairman’s Selection wines with a concierge and on-site store.
Other stands will offer Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines, Cintron, and cocktails. Also, there will be cooking demonstration at 19th and Walnut courtesy of Starr Restaurants. The great food, booze, shopping, activities and weather make the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival a can’t miss.
We were impressed back in October 2012 when we learned that Center City red meat emporium Del Frisco’s had purchased nearly $900,000 worth of wine and spirits through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board the year prior. But in our most recent report, Del Frisco’s (and two other spots) break the $1 million mark.
The Washingtonian has run some renderings of Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate in Washington DC. If you’ve been to Parc, it will look familiar. In the post, Stephen Starr also drops that he’s considering bringing Buddakan or maybe even Fette Sau to Washington.
Get a Sneak Peek at Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate (Pictures) [Washingtonian]
Stephen Starr has been talking about hotels for years. This Philadelphia Business Journal article has Starr getting into the hotel business back in 2004. But then came the economic downturn and boutique hotels stayed on the back burner. So during ThinkFest Starr mentioned opening two boutique hotels in Philadelphia. One near Rittenhouse Square and another in Fishtown.