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Review of Vecchia Pizzeria

Vecchia Pizzeria The day after Thanksgiving, I whine about not wanting to cook.  My husband won’t eat leftovers.  Yes, really.  Won’t touch them.  Ever.  Although turkey soup, turkey pot pie and other dishes made with cooked turkey are OK.  But reheated turkey and gravy?  Nope.  THAT would be leftovers.  Whatevs.  So that is how and […]

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Review of Will BYOB

Well it doesn’t happen often, but it did last week.  We hit a restaurant that was only a few weeks old-6 to be exact- and they were already well on their game-both for food and for service.  Christopher Kearse, the chef at Will BYOB (his middle name is Will-get it?), has an exalted pedigree both […]

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Review of Osteria

So where have I been?   One word: Back surgery.  Pain.  Heavy meds.  No appetite.  No cooking.  No sitting.  Take-out food, cooked, steamed in the container and then microwaved…need I say more? But last week I began cooking again and I tried a localish restaurant, Osteria, in Evansburg (near Collegeville), a red gravy Italian restaurant, casual […]

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Review of Russet

Russet is a really nice place, open about 4 months with good food for a good, fair price.  In the city, how often can you say that?  Will it forge new ground in the culinary world?  Not at this point, although the creative menu has plenty of potential and it’s a place that I would […]

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Review of French Quarter Bistro

Fun.  Old school bar.  New school drink concoctions.  Lots of beer choices.  Good, solid food slanted toward Cajun.  Mixed group of locals who walk, non-locals and families (early).  This place has been open about 10 years and has it ever evolved!   10 years back the owner cooked only Cajun.  Limited menu, limited customer base, but […]

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Ulivo in Philly

Review of Ulivo

Somehow this restaurant had never made it to my radar.  It’s easy to keep track of the “hot” restaurants with the celebrity chefs, the franchise chefs, the guys who have a publicist, but it’s the hidden gems that I love to find.  I especially love to find them before the press does, so I can […]

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A Few Words About Le Bec Fin

I am sure everyone in Philadelphia will have something to say about the sale of Le Bec Fin this week.  And maybe it IS another publicity stunt…but I don’t think so.  I personally want to express myself here because Le Bec was a special place for me and for many Philadelphia food lovers.  It was […]

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Review of Birchrunville Cafe

The best things are so often in your own back yard.  Such is the case with Birchrunville Café.  Ha! So now you know where I live.  Down a long winding country road outside Phoenixville, past sprawling homes tucked in and under the woods, the café is located in the same former general store as the […]

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Review of The Farm and Fisherman

Not by design, I will end the year with an absolute rave for The Farm and the Fisherman, an American BYOB who’s creative and talented chef deserves special praise for making me sit up and take notice.  In a city where the majority of menus and food have started to look alike, so many “hot” […]

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Review of Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse

I am always amazed when I think about it.  How can Philadelphia support more than 10 upscale steakhouses?  I am not talking about the Outbacks and the Texas Roadhouses where a steak meal runs $20.  I’m talking about Morton’s. I’m talking about Capitol Grille.  I am talking about The Palm, where just the steak is […]

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