City Paper reviews James and they cannot say enough good things about chef Jim Burke’s seasonal menu.
There’s no such thing as a perfect restaurant, but James comes awfully close for a chef making his first real step out on his own. And it is a credit to Burke’s wife, Kristina, the general manager, that the service meshes so well with his cuisine: knowledgeable but not haughty; attentive but not intrusive.
Seasonal cooking inspired by locally sourced ingredients has become a routine sales pitch in Philadelphia, but there’s nothing tired about the food at James. One can only hope that its promise will bear out as the seasons go through their cycle.