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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Chip Roman’s The Treemont Opens Today

treemont-accent-wallChip Roman’s The Treemont opens today at 15th and Locust. It is the fourth restaurant for Roman, who also owns Blackfish, Mica and Ela, as well as Tradestone Confections and Tradestone Cafe. The former Tietra has been revamped with an updated interior and will offer a menu of modern American fare with an emphasis on seafood. The menu is broken down into snack, land, sea and entree sections. Prices range from $4 for spiced almonds to $26 for a veal tenderloin prepared with green olives, fermented barley and wild onions. The menu also offers a couple plates for two, including a dry-aged Berkshire pork chop for $46 and a fish of the day at market price. 

The Treemont has a liquor license and offers a dozen beers by the bottle or can and twelve wines by the glass. The cocktail list includes six house cocktails plus a list of alcohol-free refreshments.

The Treemont Opening Menu (PDF)

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