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Two Retro Reviews from the Weeklies

  Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose […]

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Rubb: Good Old Fashioned Barbecue in Manayunk

After much ado, Rubb, a beer, bourbon and barbecue joint in Manayunk finally opened. And now, Philadelphia Weekly’s Brian Freedman has visited the restaurant and is singing its praises.  Rubb […]

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Experiencing the Heights of Soup at Stock

Brian Freedman sings the praises of Stock, the Vietnamese cafe on Girard Avenue in Fishtown. Beef pho tastes as deep as some sort of soupy […]

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PHL’s Local Offers Real Food

The last several times I’ve been to Philadelphia International Airport I’ve considered making the trek down to Terminal F to try out Jose Garces’s menu […]

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Avance Is Already a Standout

Brian Freedman reviews Avance for Philadelphia Weekly. Freedman is full of praise for the two-month old successor to Le Bec Fin and sees it soaring even higher. […]

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Nick Elmi’s Laurel Called “Stellar”

Brian Freedman reviews Nick Elmi’s Laurel for Philadelphia Weekly. Freedman calls the East Passyunk BYOB “stellar.” Berkshire pork lavished in its triumvirate of treatments, and each one, […]

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Grilled Cheese That’s as Good as It Gets

Brian Freedman reviews Meltkraft, the grilled cheese stand that’s part of the Valley Shephard Creamery in the Reading Terminal. The grilled cheeses are of course […]

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More Praise for East Passyunk’s Noord

Brian Freedman reviews Joncarl Lachman’s Noord and finds the latest addition to East Passyunk’s restaurant scene is another bright spot. Though an entree of rabbit […]

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Strangelove’s Gets Some Love

Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft, and Brendan Kelly are the gastropub virtuosos of this city, and their transformation of the almost-cursed location is really quite impressive. […]

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Branzino and Stollenwerk, Reborn Together

It hasn’t been an easy time for Mike Stollenwerk. He once looked like he was heading for an empire with Little Fish, Fish and Fathom […]

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Filter Dining Room Charms in a Charmed Space

Brian Freedman extols the virtues of Fitler Dining Room, the most recent occupant of the charmed space that is the northwest corner of 22nd and […]

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Standout Brunch at Hawthornes

Brian Freedman really enjoys his brunch at Hawthornes. He even enjoys the 90-minute wait to be seated. French toast—really more of a thrice-cooked bread pudding—is […]

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Homegrown Ingredients Make the Difference at Baan Thai

Brian Freedman dines at Baan Thai in Northern Liberties and finds dishes inspired by their homegrown ingredients. Rad-nar—tender, slippery flat rice noodles—are listed as being […]

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Will Launches to the Top of the BYOB Scene

Brian Freedman is the latest to dote on Will, Chris Kearse’s Passyunk Avenue BYOB. Freedman even goes as far as decreeing the new spot one […]

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Smoked Meats & TastyKake Krimpetbread Pudding at Bubba’s Texas BBQ

Fishtown’s barbeque battleground is in full effect, and it seems as though Bubba’s Texas BBQ and Fette Sau are firing on all cylinders. Finding almost […]