Farms just a few miles from ‘pour house’: Get hopped up at fresh Iron Hill/Weavers Way dinners

Beer, Table Hopping | August 14th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear “Farm to table” has become a virtual mantra among many Philadelphia area restaurants in recent years, stressing the claim that they use fresh ingredients from local vendors and farmers instead of relying on processed foods, canned and boxed foods, etc. Well, unless the food is grown in the restaurant’s backyard, it doesn’t […]

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Vince Viola does things ‘my Wei’ – Chef adds Italian soul to Asian cuisine at #1 Yangming

Table Hopping | March 14th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Yangming in Bryn Mawr received a blizzard of publicity three years ago when Chinese Restaurant News, a national trade publication for Chinese restaurants, named Yangming the number one Chinese restaurant in the U.S. (The magazine estimates that there are about 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the country.) What was overlooked in the resulting […]

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One reviewer’s opinion: 10 best restaurants of 2013

Table Hopping | January 10th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear The questions asked most frequently of restaurant writers are: “What is your favorite restaurant?” “Where do you get the most for your money?” and “What new restaurants have you gone to that are really good?” The answers to these questions and more will be contained in the following paragraphs, which encompass our […]

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Seafood buffs can shell-abrate, thanks to Headhouse

Table Hopping | December 6th, 2013 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear While mega-star restauranteurs like Marc Vetri, Jose Garces and Stephen Starr are currently monopolizing most of the oxygen whenever they open a restaurant, there are some other super-talented individuals opening restaurants these days that you can actually get into and not have to wait an hour or more to be seated. Case […]

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