Alex Tewfik

Food Editor

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Defined Hospitality
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Meet the Restaurant Group Behind Philly’s Hottest Restaurants

Defined Hospitality — a seemingly out-of-nowhere restaurant group — is poised for big things.

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Yes, You Can Get Great Wine Made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Here Are the 5 Best.

It’s time to start taking wines from our region seriously. Everyone else is.

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Flannel, a Southern-Inspired Restaurant, Will Replace Chhaya Cafe in South Philly

Low-country cooking and southern kitsch make their way to East Passyunk Avenue.

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We’ve Got to Stop Opening Italian Restaurants in Philly

Italian food has somehow become Philly’s It cuisine again. And that’s maybe not so great.

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Ask the Editor: I’m Clearly Over 21. Why Do Bartenders Still Card Me?

I’d never pass for an undergrad — so what’s the deal?

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Peep Inside Jose Garces’s New Hope Restaurant Overlooking the Delaware

Peek at the menu and take a tour of Stella, Jose Garces’s first new restaurant since partnering with Ballard Brands, opening this weekend.

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Oyster House’s Former Chef Is Turning a Rittenhouse Ballroom Into a Restaurant

Brett Naylor and his wife Nicole Barrick will convert Sansom Street’s big ol’ ballroom dance studio into a big ol’ restaurant.

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You’re Saying “Suraya” Wrong

A non-linguist’s pronunciation guide to 13 of Philly’s most mispronounced restaurants.

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Ask the Editor: Is the Restaurant Host Lying to Me About the Wait Time?

The host told me that it will be an hour wait for a table. But will it really be an hour wait?

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Yes, You Should Absolutely Order the Seafood Tower

Seafood towers can offer some of the happiest dining experiences you’ll ever have. It’s about time you treat yourself to one.

Molokhia
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My Search for This Super-Popular — and Very Elusive — Middle Eastern Dish in Philly

For a dish so ubiquitous over there, molokhia sure is hard to find over here.

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The Sudden, Spectacular Rise of Middle Eastern Cuisine in Philadelphia

The food of the Middle East is here to stay. Here’s how to get in on the action.

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3 Classic Middle Eastern Desserts to Try in Philly

Keep an eye out for these popular sugary confections.

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Popular East Passyunk Sushi Restaurant Izumi Closes After 10 Years

Corey Baver and Lynn Rinaldi’s sushi restaurant has closed, but the corner space across from East Passyunk’s Singing Fountain already has a new tenant.

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First Look: Elwood, Fishtown’s New BYO Dedicated to Pennsylvania’s Culinary Traditions

Adam Diltz’s cheffy ode to Pennsylvania cuisine features everything from snapper soup to traditional Pennsylvania Dutch ham pot pie.