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

Table Hopping August 14, 2014 0 Comments

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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Helping customers escape from real life – From bartending to running upscale local restaurants

Table Hopping June 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Len Lear When Michael Dombkoski, who has lived in Glenside with his wife for 21 years (they have three children), was a business major at Villanova University in the early 1980s, he did not really plan to go into the restaurant and hotel industry. But Michael, now 53, took a job as a bartender […]
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Vince Viola does things ‘my Wei’ – Chef adds Italian soul to Asian cuisine at #1 Yangming

Table Hopping March 14, 2014 0 Comments

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 10, 2014 0 Comments

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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Not Twisted any more, chef straightens out bluesy pub

Table Hopping December 27, 2013 0 Comments

by Len Lear After British actor George Reilly, a lover of the blues, opened the Southern-inspired gastropub, The Twisted Tail, at 509 S. 2nd St. in Headhouse Square, formerly occupied by Kildare’s, in July of 2011, he got some press that was less than kind. It seemed that everyone loved the rockin’ blues bands and […]
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Seafood buffs can shell-abrate, thanks to Headhouse

Table Hopping December 6, 2013 0 Comments

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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Dramatic redo of 270-year-old building – New Brittingham’s: great food but a supersonic din

Table Hopping December 5, 2013 1 Comment

by Len Lear I recently received a press release from Morrissey Design, the Flourtown firm that renovated the 4,100-square-foot Brittingham’s restaurant at 640 E. Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill which, if you include the new roof deck and outdoor patio with fire pits, adds up to 6,800 square feet of space which Morrissey says can […]
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‘Chopped’ winner opens restaurant here; This Hilton’s also a TV star, but she has real talent!

Table Hopping October 31, 2013 0 Comments

by Len Lear Although Mackenzie Hilton is not nearly as famous as Paris Hilton, no one (even Paris, I’m sure) would deny that Mackenzie is infinitely more talented. She does not just enter a room; she takes possession of it. The executive chef at The Tavern, which just opened in late June at 243 S. […]
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A car accident drove her into food business – A food visionary leaves indelible impression at Heirloom

Table Hopping October 4, 2013 0 Comments

by Len Lear Michael Shuman, author of a book called “Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity,” has written, “If ever there was a Nobel Prize for planet-saving, Judy Wicks deserves to be the first recipient.” Wicks, a Philadelphia restaurateur, author, visionary and […]
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