Restaurant Reviews

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The Revisit: Hop Sing Laundromat

So, three guys walk into a bar… Wait, let me start over. A homicidal maniac, an Al-Qaeda torture specialist, and a Foobooz commenter walk into […]

Foobooz

Checking in on Local 215

“Come to 33rd and Arch tomorrow for some lunch from @Local215 !!” urged one of Philly’s newest food trucks in a tweet Wednesday evening. “Pork […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: NoBL

It was Saturday night in Lansdowne, and Sam Jacobson was fighting fire with fire. The chef’s wide-open kitchen at NoBL had been blistering burrata-and-guanciale flatbreads […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: The Industry

One Christmas, without having read it first, I gave my mother Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. When I mentioned the gift to a friend who had […]

Foobooz

The Revisit: Han Dynasty Goes West – University City Sichuan Outpost Reviewed

Photo by Holly, via the Foobooz Flickr Pool Remember all that nonsense a few years back about water sommeliers? How there were thousands of brands […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Rex 1516

It’s taken the nearly five years since Gourmet magazine cemented Southern food’s trendy status by devoting an entire issue to it, but Philadelphia may now […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Vernick Food & Drink

“Opening a restaurant is kind of like getting a tattoo,” Greg Vernick reckons. “Once you have one, all you can think about is getting the […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: The Return of Le Bec Fin

The search for a truly great restaurant is a quest for a mysterious kind of comfort. You want a refuge that veils the anxieties (and […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Fresh Surprises at Rittenhouse Tavern

Nicholas Elmi is no stranger to the haunts of the landed gentry. Before becoming executive chef at the original Le Bec Fin (where he spent […]

Foobooz

The Revisit: Tapestry

Editor’s Note: With this month’s half-star review of Matt Levin’s Square Peg already a matter of record, Trey and I decided it might be worth […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: No-brow Americana at Square Peg

Matt Levin wants to provoke you. He wants to ruffle your expectations, challenge received wisdom about what belongs in high-concept dining, needle you into ingesting […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Stateside Cooks From the Heart

Saturday night at Stateside, and a music stoppage would strand a dozen people without chairs. That’s a lot of extra bodies for a 40-seat space, […]

Foobooz

The Revisit: Le Virtu

When thirty minutes pass between a hostess depositing you at a table and a waiter turning up to take your order, the mind plays host […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Old World Sensibilities at Russet

Recently, Andrew and Kristin Wood took delivery of a 387-pound pig at Russet, their new BYO in an old Spruce Street townhouse. It was a […]

City Life

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Alla Spina Goes Hog-Wild in Fairmount

Something like this was bound to happen. If Stephen Starr didn’t do it, another showman would. It could only be a matter of time before […]