Quick Bites: Bad News Edition

The Freehouse in Wayne is a drama queen of a location. JD McGillicuddy’s is not opening there. MLD floats Mexican as a possibility. [Main Line Dine]

The writing was on the wall for Blush when chef Nick Farina and much of his staff headed down the road to Verdad. [The Insider]

Margot closes in Narberth. This bad news is coupled with some good though. Former Taquet chef de cusine Clark Gilbert is taking over the space as an Italian BYOB, Gemelli. [Main Line Dine]

Bertolini’s at the King of Prussia Mall has been shuttered by its corporate overlord Morton’s.

Did you blink? Spring Garden Street’s Siam Lotus reopened for a split second but was shut down by L&I this week.

Latimer Deli gets the candy stripe treatment too. [Meal Ticket]

Quick Bites

Bibou opens tonight and the highly anticipated French restaurant is now taking reservations. If you follow Foobooz on Twitter you already know you can get reservations by calling 215-965-8290.

Ultimo Coffee/Brew is set to open the coffee side of operations this Friday at 7am. The beer part is still about a month out. Drew Lazor has the deets. [Meal Ticket]

Villanova’s Maia space may not be empty long. Win and Sutida Somboonsong who own a boatload of suburban restaurants (Teikoku, Mikado, Thai Pepper, Flavor, Azie and the soon to open Parker’s Prime) are about to sign on to take over the top floor of the space. Look for pan-Asian and a sushi bar. [The Insider]

Grey Lounge, not to be confused with the Grey Lodge is coming to Old City. The spot will be serving “simple French” for under $15. Seared foie gras makes this different than your typical OC lounge. [Meal Ticket]

Craig LaBan’s favorite Philly Thai, Siam Lotus looks to be closed. [The Insider]

Siam Lotus

Siam Lotus
Foodaphilia heads to Spring Garden Street to sample one of her friends favorite Thai spots, Siam Lotus.

I have a few favorites on the menu, but I venture beyond that comfort zone on occasion. On this recent visit I ordered the Kang Masamun Kai. Chicken with masamun chili paste, potatoes and peanuts in coconut milk. The sauce was incredible, and the chicken was moist, but I wish it had more veggies, or at least one that was green.

Both entrees, an appetizer, a mixed drink, and two glasses of red wine came to just under 60 dollars.

Siam Lotus [Foodaphilia]
Siam Lotus [Official Site]

Cheap Dates In Northern Liberties

Intrepid daters Audrey and Mark are at it again with another edition of Cheap Dates. This time they’re in West Northern Liberties.

After visiting Edgar Allen Poe’s house they have drinks and apps at Siam Lotus then hit Pura Vida for a Latin dinner.

Plus a special sneak peak of the new Silk City Diner!

Cheap Dates 4: West Northern Liberties [UWISHUNU]
Siam Lotus [Official Site]