Imagine A World Without Yelp…

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“Have a column in yr mag from readers with good + bad experiences in restaurants…”

For all of you out there who think that life would be better without Yelp, here’s what happens.

Treemont Gets Two Bells

Photo by Alex Tewfik

Photo by Alex Tewfik

This weekend, Craig LaBan reviewed Chip Roman’s The Treemont and wonders where all the diners are. Scared off by an unusual deadspot in Center City or dissuaded from the Cheesecake Factory construction site down the block? But for those who have made it in the doors, there are rewards.

If Roman has the financial fortitude to endure the leaner months, the Treemont has the ingredients to become, with refining (and maybe some noise-proofing), a reliable, fine-dining hideaway with quality entrees, fairly priced in the mid-$20s.

Two Bells – Very Good (93 decibels)

Treemont mystery: Good food, few eaters [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Treemont [Foobooz]

The Treemont Adds Brunch

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The Treemont at 15th and Locust is adding brunch beginning this Sunday. Chip Roman’s Center City restaurant will be serving dishes like cured salmon rillette, French toast gratin, short rib with grits and fried egg, as well as the pictured burger with smoked onion jam. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All plates come in under $20 and a cocktail list of a.m. friendly drinks like the “Twisted Lip,” vodka, orange curacao, lemon,
house-grenadine and sparkling wine comes in at $14 or less.

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About Last Night: Booze, Lentils, Booze and Booze

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The title may be misleading—last night’s event wasn’t all about booze. It was, as always, an impressive showdown between two extremely talented chefs. They came prepared, for sure; they came excited, no doubt; they cooked us a phenomenal meal. But while they were doing their thing behind the line, the alcohol was working its magic on the guests–mostly in the form of wine, tequila and an icy bottle of Grey Goose which (mysteriously…) didn’t last the night.

In the end and to say the least, we had a great time at Open Stove XXVII. But behind the line, one team had a better time than the other, so let’s recap and see how it all went down.

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The List: Meals of the Moment

Six-hour cured cobia at the Treemont | Photo by Courtney Apple

Six-hour cured cobia at the Treemont | Photo by Courtney Apple

Philadelphia has so many great new restaurants that it’s hard to keep track of what to eat where. Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the best plates in the city to try right now.

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Restaurant Review: The Treemont

Photos by Courtney Apple

Photos by Courtney Apple

If a tree falls in a forest with no one to hear it, is there a sound? That may be the question for the Treemont. Or, rather: If nettle and ricotta gnudi this exquisite hits a table on 15th Street, will people put down their pint glasses and chicken wings long enough to take heed? Hemmed in between pub central, a bike-messenger dive and the downtown Applebee’s, Chip Roman’s Center City debut sits on a corridor of middling expectations. And no sooner did it open than a demolition began clearing space for a giant Cheesecake Factory a block to the north—stanching the flow of pedestrians past the Treemont’s understated awning.
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Treemont Kicks Off Happy Hour

treemont-final-problem-happy-hourChip Roman’s the Treemont is kicking off its happy hour program. Running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Friday, the downstairs bar is offering drink and snack specials as well as complimentary “La Boite” Spiced Popcorn.

  • $6 “Final Problem” Cocktail  (rum, house ginger, lime cordial, soda)
  • $5 Wine
  • $4 Beer
  • $3 “Snack of the Week” *This week’s is a Crispy Short Rib Rillette with Parmesan Cream
  • Complimentary “La Boite” Spiced Popcorn

The Treemont [Foobooz]

First Bite: The Treemont


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Chip Roman’s first Center City restaurant, The Treemont, opened very quietly in the old Tietra’s location at 231 South 15th Street. And for a man with the successful mini-empire that he has, it should’ve been a much bigger deal. He brought in chef Rob Sidor (the guy behind the Inspiracle dinners and who, most recently, worked alongside Chris Kearse at Will), he rearranged the room (moved the entire staircase to the other side of the restaurant, as a matter of fact), prettied the whole place up–and now he’s bringing real quality to the restaurant black hole that is 15th Street.

Last week, I had the chance to check out the spot, as well as talk with Sidor about his food.

And yeah, I got to eat it, too.

Words and pictures, right this way…

Down to the Wire for Mother’s Day

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Petruce et al will be debuting brunch on Mother’s Day.

We’re down to the wire for Mother’s Day plans and if you haven’t made them, or your siblings have dropped the ball, here are some suggestions that might make you the hero child.

The usual candidates fill up fast for Mother’s Day but here are some new spots that are worth considering:

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