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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Phoning It In at Sophia’s

In a city where some people track the comings and goings of chefs as obsessively as others do center fielders, nothing stirs more hope than […]

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Cheap Eats: In Defense Of Vegan Meatballs

There’s no end of reasons to hate on fake meat, but the ultra-processed, pathetically aspirational, environmentally shifty stuff does have one thing going for it: […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: The Old-School Excellence of Fork

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason anybody opens a restaurant nowadays is to work it for a year, or maybe six […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: The Infamous Pizza Brain

First, a confession. I don’t watch the Today show or CBS This Morning—nor do I read Qantas in-flight magazine or Jeopardy’s Twitter feed—so by the […]

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Cheap Eats: Chili Szechuan Brings The Heat To West Philly

“This is the most exciting piece of mail we’ve gotten all year!” So said my wife a few weeks ago, plucking out an oversized menu […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: The Suburban Sins of the Saint James

The appetizer plates were 45 minutes gone from our table when the manager of the Saint James restaurant leaned over our banquette. His gray suit […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Keeping It Kosher at Citron and Rose

Before he met Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef of Zahav, David Magerman wanted to open a kosher Subway franchise. The hedge-fund software developer and […]

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Cheap Eats: Deep-Fried Salad At Rangoon

For last month’s issue of Philly Mag I reviewed Fette Sau. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would—but that surprise wasn’t […]

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The Revisit: Bar Ferdinand

In Hollywood, where the slightest hint of risk can make a studio boss yank the latest Terry Gilliam project out of production to green-light another […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Brooklyn BBQ at Fette Sau

Stephen Starr is an ideas man. Thing is, sometimes they’re other people’s ideas. That’s been the rap on Philly’s foremost restaurateur for longer than is […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: American Eats at The Mildred

It may not generally be wise to judge a restaurant by its logo, but it works for the Mildred. There it hangs, above the quiet […]

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Revisit: And Now For Something Completely Different: Fish 3.0

Having your restaurant named in a top-ten list by a national magazine isn’t typically a cause for regret. But sometimes I’ve wondered if it might […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Will

Some roads to opening a restaurant are riddled with potholes. Others are stony tracks for barefoot pilgrims—for chefs who grind their way through a sort […]

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Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Forest & Main

Sometimes a place doesn’t even have to be very good to be perfect. At Forest & Main, that feeling stole over me three times before […]

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Revisit: Banana Leaf in Chinatown

My mother used to tell me that the best way to judge a cookbook is the least judgmental. In her opinion, all it took was […]