Restaurant Reviews

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Veganism for Dummies: Bar Bombon Reviewed

You’ve got to be pretty confident to think about opening a vegan restaurant in a town that already has Vedge in it. That’s kind of […]

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The First, Best Time: Stargazy Reviewed

The best time I had at Stargazy was on a rainy afternoon when I was going somewhere else. I hadn’t even been thinking about pies […]

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Tuesday Burgers, Korean Tacos and Candy-Fried Wings: SouthGate Reviewed

I have lied thousands of times. Across countless dinners in half a dozen cities in four different states, I have been asked more times than […]

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Twice in a Lifetime: Whetstone Tavern Reviewed

Jeremy Nolen—chef at Whetstone, the man behind Brauhaus and Wursthaus Schmitz, lonely local champion of modern German cuisine and a fella who knows an awful […]

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Chop Suey and Cheese Curds: Bud & Marilyn’s Reviewed

My problem with Bud & Marilyn’s is that I always want to be drunk before I go. There are reasons. This isn’t me confessing to […]

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The Revisit: Vernick Food + Drink

Every restaurant has an inaugural “regular,” and for Vernick, it was me. At least that’s what chef Greg Vernick divulged, with a chuckle, when I […]

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Hipsters and Grandpas: Triangle Tavern Reviewed

There’s only so much you can tell about a restaurant from its staff’s sartorial choices. But Triangle Tavern’s bar — whose bulbous edge gleams darkly with […]

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Act Two: Parlor Reviewed

Confession of a city critic: Whenever I have to schlep out to the suburbs, I can’t help but grit my teeth. Expectations drop beyond the […]

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Restaurant Review: Vesper

Two men walk into a bar. “May we go downstairs?” one asks, gesturing toward a bookcase that conceals a secret stairwell. “Do you have the password?” […]

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Of Vinyl, Ramps and Stinging Nettle: Helm Reviewed

You knew this was coming. In Philadelphia, where chefs are constantly popping up in one another’s kitchens or dueling each other at Cook, it was […]

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Fast Fish: Buena Onda Reviewed

Strange things are afoot in Fast Food Nation. McDonald’s, whose 2013 Mighty Wings promotion left the chain sitting on 10 million pounds of unsold chicken, is […]

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Retro Week: Revisiting Ralph’s

At Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, where a century’s worth of footsteps have buffed the dining room’s floor mosaic as smooth as the inside of an oyster […]

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Where We’re Eating: Three Retro Restaurants Reimagined

Franky Bradley’s 1320 Chancellor Street Midtown Village 215-735-0735

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Bright Lights, Big City: Palladino’s Reviewed

With all due consideration for sore thumbs and Kim Kardashian’s badonka-donk, nothing sticks out from its surroundings quite like Palladino’s on Passyunk. The Italian chophouse rears […]

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The Revisit: Fond

Every cook loves getting a bigger kitchen, and Lee Styer is no exception. Two-and-a-half years after moving Fond half a block from its original niche […]