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Burritos, But With a Twist

Dinner is now served at Mugshots Coffeehouse, in Fairmount, where Manita Burrito is taking over Thursdays through Sundays. Partners Noam Kugelmass, a serial entrepreneur, and chef Michael O’Halloran, of Bistro 7 in Old City, are expanding and revising their original pop-up concept, formerly known as Freekeh Burrito, from the summer. Their signature, though, remains the […]

November 12, 2014 | By More

Happy Birthday to Us

Conshy’s Isabella is marking its fourth anniversary with a $35-, four-course dinner menu through the end of the month. It reads like a greatest hits playlist by the Spanish-centric restaurant: a charcuterie sampler featuring fennel salami, chorizo, hot coppa and Serrano ham; sautéed octopus coupled with chorizo and garlic; and a grilled, herb-marinated chicken breast […]

November 12, 2014 | By More

No Bribing, Just Barbeque

In the proud tradition of those who can’t turning to judging, our resident glutton, Mike Madaio, works the system to win a coveted front-row seat at the state barbeque championship. I rose to my feet, legs wobbly from the weight of the fatigue and pork fat and reeking of smoke. My right hand went up […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Pass the Cookie, Keep the Milk

A cookie made without butter, it turns out, can be an improvement. By Mike Madaio While food allergies are something of a modern phenomenon, food preparation according to strict kosher standards is about as old of an active practice as there is. Only in this strange new world could a bakery emerge catering to both […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Pumpkin-lovers, Load Up on Advil

The end of summer is surely nigh when pumpkin-flavored everything begin surfacing. It’s hard, though, to be weary of the trend when it all tastes so damn good. Well, most of it, at least. Among the first offerings—and early candidates for the tastiest iterations—are Iron Hill’s Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Classic Pumpkin Ale, which […]

September 3, 2014 | By | Reply More

A Taste of Something Different

Brian Sirhal and Timothy Spinner seem to harbor the same raging appetites that their restaurants inspire in us. Following close on the heels of Taqueria Feliz, their first Manayunk venture and their third restaurant in the Philly region, Sirhal (pictured, left) and Spinner (right) earlier this week unveiled Beast & Ale, their updated take on […]

September 3, 2014 | By | Reply More

There’s Always Room for Mexican Food

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Or, for that matter, any variation of it? Clearly, no one around here. With restaurants in University City and Willow Grove already raking it in, Mad Mex, a Pittsburgh-based chain, is prepping to launch a third, this one in the Wynnewood Shopping Center, on Aug. 11. There will be tables […]

July 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

Kosher Bakery Opens in Bala Cynwyd

The same group that brought you Citron + Rose opened a kosher bakery in Bala Cynwyd last week. Six Points Bakery, located at 289 Montgomery Avenue, is serving scones, brownies and pastries, along with a rotating crop of bagels, muffins and cookies—double chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies and peach bourbon turnovers, for starters—all baked daily—and true […]

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More

5 Minutes, Apparently, is the New Benchmark for Pizza Delivery

Restaurateurs and brothers Nick Farrell, the owner of Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, and Tom Farrell, the owner of The Classic Diner in Malvern, just opened RapiDOUGH Pizza Pies at the Providence Town Center, in Collegeville. The menu features brick-oven pizzas and calzones and handmade salads crafted from local ingredients and house-made cheeses—all of it […]

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More

Out of the Bottle and Into the Bowl

Victory Brewing Company, the Downingtown-based craft brewer, has a new take on the pint with the launch of its own line of ice cream. The three flavors—Hopped Up Devil, Triple Monkey and Storm Drop—are going for $6.49 a pint at Kimberton Whole Foods, Shady Brook Farm and the Victory retail outlet. The ice cream’s made […]

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