Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:07:28 GMT2016-10-22T15:07:28ZCopyright: Philadelphia Media Network
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:07:28 GMT2016-10-22T15:07:28ZThe crowd surge, riding a wave of tequila drinks and foosball adrenaline, roared with such gusto as someone scored near the bar at Mission Taqueria that I thought I saw the illuminated blue halo flicker over the Virgin Mary.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:05:34 GMT2016-10-21T13:05:34ZMost people probably don't hear "Washington state" and think "South of France." But I've come to think of that corner of the Pacific Northwest, and in particular Walla Walla Valley, as producing some of the most compelling Rhône-style
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:27:14 GMT2016-10-21T00:27:14ZMISSION TAQUERIA 1516 Sansom St., 2nd floor, 215-383-1200; missiontaqueria.com The team behind the Oyster House has opened a boisterous Mexican cantina right upstairs that's become a lively addition to Sansom Street's burgeoning nightlife scene. With great tortillas made from house-ground masa and a wood-fired grill rooting its kitc
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:45:34 GMT2016-10-20T19:45:34ZWhen Nicholas Elmi acquired a liquor license and the keys to the space right next door to Laurel, most people assumed his jewel box of a BYOB would simply double in size and evolve into a traditional full-service restaurant.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:35:51 GMT2016-10-20T14:35:51ZHaving spent some quality eating time in the South is both a blessing and a curse. Mostly, if you live in Philadelphia, it's a curse because so few local kitchens have a clue as to how those regional specialties should really taste. The new Lowcountry-the
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:29:58 GMT2016-10-17T03:29:58ZThere are so many good things to drink at ITV, it can be hard to choose from the Basque ciders to biodynamic Austrian wines and grower champagne, and even a couple of sakes. But the small list of cocktails is also a good place to start, due to its crisp u
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:39:02 GMT2016-10-14T06:39:02ZThe house music is thumping in the lobby. The chandeliers above us begin pulsing like a circuit is about to blow. And some jet-set diner's toddler is on a tear, squealing with delight as he runs an obstacle course through the half-empty dining room, tugging furiously at the 22-foot-long white curtains that hang between the staid columns at its edge.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:36:48 GMT2016-10-10T19:36:48ZThat moment when late summer shifts to fall is a transition time for wine, when foods begin to take on heartier shades but drinkers still cling just a little bit - to the season's last beams of warmth.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:51:15 GMT2016-10-06T02:51:15ZGuess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Zucca pizza
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:54:43 GMT2016-10-05T14:54:43ZI tend to think of Bud & Marilyn's for its no-holds-barred retro comforts, from the deep-fried cheese curds to buttered buns filled with lobster or spicy fried chicken to its fontina-stuffed meat loaf. But there's also a surprisingly veg-forward side to chef Marcie Turney's menu, even though I wouldn't go so far as to call it "light."
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 13:48:53 GMT2016-10-02T13:48:53ZWhat color is your corn? Is it the iridescent white glint of Silver Queen, whose bursting sweetness reflects summer's ripe back stretch? Or the classic maize of fall, a season of earthy polentas? Or the milky stew of dried Cope's corn at the Thanksgiving table?
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:50:29 GMT2016-09-08T14:50:29ZMy first reaction to the Bedfordshire Clanger at Stargazy was that it was one of the most delicious bizarre foods I'd eaten in a long time. I've never eaten anything ever quite like this.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:49:43 GMT2016-09-08T14:49:43ZAs I drove beside the elevated stretch of I-95 that leads to Pennsport's heart, I had stuffed burrata on my brain. And I wondered: Could the Helm effect strike twice?
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 22:38:14 GMT2016-09-05T22:38:14ZPhilly's artisan spirit scene continues to steam along with another worthy new player. Red Brick Craft Distillery opened to the public in January in a rehabbed former widget factory in Kensington. But its more creative and aged spirits are only just debut
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:27:53 GMT2016-09-01T14:27:53ZIn a city of pizza riches, Fishtown already serves some of the best, from Wm. Mulherin's Sons to Pizzeria Beddia. Now there is Medusa.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 03:45:02 GMT2016-08-28T03:45:02ZA long time ago, I went to work at a restaurant in Chambéry, France, and along the way discovered an entire class of refreshing alpine wines I'd never heard of before. Chignin? Roussette? These regional curiosities were hardly ever seen then, even in cosm
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:14:36 GMT2016-08-26T16:14:36ZThe popularity of Fishtown and Kensington was initially built on gastropubs and beer. But as those neighborhoods north of Girard continue to evolve into one of the city's hottest dining zones, the area has suddenly become the epicenter of Philly's increasingly adventurous thirst for wine.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:37:22 GMT2016-08-25T02:37:22ZHere is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: Congrats to all the Philly restaurants that got a shout-out from Bon Appétit's Andrew Knowlton in the magazine's recent best-of-America restaurant issue, including best new restaurant nods to South Philly Barbacoa (No. 5!?), Wm. Mulherin's (T
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:36:05 GMT2016-08-24T14:36:05ZYou just ate a faux-colonial pot pie at City Tavern. You're trying to decide between Pat's and Geno's for your first cheesesteak. And where is that Bookbinder's place?
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:06:28 GMT2016-08-14T14:06:28ZWe might as well start calling it Breakfast Street. Because if there's a road in Philadelphia that does the morning meal better than Fourth Street, I haven't found it.