A recent dish at Conshohocken’s Blackfish | Photo via Blackfish
In years past, there always seemed to be a few suburban spots we could depend on to crack our list of the best restaurants in Philly—places that were worth the drive and the time it took to step outside the echo chamber of Philly’s urban restaurant scene.
This year, though, was tougher. We lost a couple places that were always solid, saw some brave, pioneering chefs looking outside the more traditional restaurant neighborhoods, and decided that while not really strong enough yet to deserve a full list of its own, the suburban scene was sufficiently interesting to stand slightly apart from the main catalog of the 50 Best Restaurants.
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Craig LaBan heads to a Blue Bell shopping center to check out Radice, an Italian restaurant turning out refined rustic dishes.
There are plenty of unusual inspirations here – like skewers of amazingly soft sweetbreads, parsnips, and roasted pears streaked with dark pomegranate molasses. Or those wonderful pork ribs, fork-tender and garlicky from their brine, but also sweet, smoky, and spicy from a glaze of Granny Smith apples and rendered bacon (not to mention their crunchy cabbage slaw tossed in the sweet-tart of cider vinegar rife with anise and fennel).
But reinventing some familiar classics is part of what makes Radice special, reaffirming what Moonstruck fans have known all along – that [Chef Donna] Ewanciw is one of the region’s best unsung Italian chefs.
Three Bells – Excellent
Radice [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Radice [Official Site]
Mumbai Bistro on Locust Street has set Wednesday, July 21st as its opening date.
If the banner is to be believed, the 1300 block of Pine is going to be getting a Japanese restaurant of some sort. [Brownstoner]
Michael Klein has the projected openings of Radice in Blue Bell, Paloma in South Philadelphia and the and details on the just opened Timber Wood-fired Grill in Abington. [The Insider]
Prism Brewing which has been showing up on some taps is getting a physical presence in North Wales. [Beer Yard]
We always loved the look of Kong and dumpling Thursdays had its appeal but it was Â not enough to save the Northern Liberties restaurant. [The Insider]