Craig LaBan’s Year In Bells

Cheese Tasting Plate - Talula's Garden

Craig LaBan recapped his Year in Bells this weekend and adjusted three ratings upward and smacked Serafina one more time.

Talula’s Garden (now Three Bells), White Dog Wayne (Two Bells), and Thai Kuu (One Bell) were all raised a grade.

Farm-to-table on menu all over [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Photo by dgaronzik | Foobooz Philadelphia Flickr Pool

Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Weiners, Unemployment, Makeovers and Beer Floats

We know. The picture (of the Farmers Market #2 dog at Hot Diggity) is distracting. And we would’ve totally understood if you spent the whole week doing nothing but chasing down tube-steaks through the steamy streets of Philadelphia. But while you were doing that, we were keeping an eye on the scene and putting together all the week’s best news into this convenient digest.

Why? Because we’re looking out for you, that’s why. Also, we were kinda hoping you might share that hot dog…

Thai Kuu Gets Kneecapped Want to know what it takes to get a zero star/bell/fork review these days? Here’s a how-to.
Shakeup at Talula’s Garden Playing musical chefs in the Olexy empire
Shakeup at Adsum We find three of these things, it’s a trend
McCrossen’s Gets a Makeover It’s amazing what a (metaphorical) haircut and a boob job can do
Cook Goes Live Audrey Claire Taichman’s cooking school/chef’s playground starts taking reservations
Birra Sets a Date And makes a video!
Beer Floats I’m only gonna say this once: Eww

Quick Bites: Cooking with Stones, Frogless Institutes & Updated Closings

There’s no physical signs that Frög Burger is returning to the Franklin Institute this year. Steve Poses says it could re-open in July.

Michael Klein has details on Thai Kuu in Chestnut Hill where you can cook on sizzling rocks. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Philly Chit Chat says the team behind Luigi’s Pizza Fresca in Fairmount will be opening Lulu, an Italian restaurant where Boca was in Old City. [Philly Chit Chat]

Burger.Org which opened last weekend on South Street already has a second location in the works. Their open for a late summer opening at 810 N. Broad Street. [Zagat]

The Artisserie Chocolate Cafe on 18th Street near Market has closed. The sign in the window says the University City location remains.

Speaking of closings we’ve updated the Closings section for the first time in way too long.

Thai for Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill is getting a new Thai restaurant. Thai Kuu is coming to the former Shundeez Restaurant this month. Husband and wife team Steve and Atchura Cooley are the owners and Atchura will be running the restaurant. We always look forward to more Thai food.

Thai Kuu [Official Site]