Restaurant Reviews

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Restaurant Review: The Farmers’ Cabinet

Pounding out stride intervals on a refurbished player piano, singing into a Western Electric broadcast microphone from the Coolidge era, and surrounded by revelers drinking […]

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Restaurant Review: A.Kitchen

It’s the season of plenty. The pulse of the city runs up 18th Street from Rittenhouse Square. Half a block from the chessboard sharps, Bryan […]

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Restaurant Review: Opa

When it comes to digital first impressions (like the one just mentioned in the Fare review), Opa goes for sheer volume. A cartoon folk dancer […]

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Restaurant Review: M Restaurant

YOU ENTER A WROUGHT-IRON GATE on 8th Street, follow a brick path past a blaze of pink azaleas, duck under the low-hanging boughs of a […]

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Restaurant Review: Talula’s Garden

A FILMMAKER WOULD OPEN with a bird’s-eye shot of the mushroom pâté en croûte. The camera would linger for a moment on the centerpiece—a broad […]

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The Revisit: Buddakan

The first time I ate dim sum in Philly’s Chinatown was on a Sunday morning with a Jewish family and a friend who speaks Cantonese. […]

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Review: Fathom Seafood House

At Fathom, where oysters come cold or “chicken-fried” atop potato salad, there are several ways to drink. You could cool your belly against the painted […]

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The Revisit: Fork

Ellen Yin could’ve gone easy on her parents. She could’ve merely threatened to run away with the circus, or hitchhike to Tijuana, or (gasp!) major […]

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Exile on 9th Street

It’s the evening after Peter McAndrews’s triumph on “Throwdown With Bobby Flay” and Monsù, the chef’s new Sicilian restaurant in the Italian Market, is as […]

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The Revisit: Carman’s Country Kitchen

“Where’s Qadaffi going to go, anyway?” Carman is saying. “I mean, when people say he needs to go, where do they have in mind? Who’s […]

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Review: The Dandelion

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE, Shakespeare reminded us, and that was without ever laying eyes on a Stephen Starr restaurant. One can only imagine what […]

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Review: Cantina Feliz

LIKE MOST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS in the U.S., where tortillas have long been understood as delivery mechanisms for shredded iceberg lettuce, Cantina Feliz moves plenty of […]

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Review: White Dog Cafe

The first meal I ever ate in Philadelphia taught me a lesson that I probably could have gleaned, at deep discount, from the dietary journals […]

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The Revisit: Friday Saturday Sunday

Ice cream can be an appetizer. Olive oil can be served in powdered form. One way to tenderize an octopus is to pummel it with […]

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Restaurant Review: JG Domestic

Another month, another Jose Garces restaurant. They open faster than diners can keep track. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone […]