Restaurant Reviews

Little Fish

When it opened a number of years ago, Little Fish instantly became a magnet for fish lovers throughout the city. The small space had seating for about 22 guests, with a BYOB policy. The cranky chef cooked whatever he wanted, but the food was always delicious, and the use of seasonal ingredients was most important.

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Perla

When I read last year that chef Lou Boquila was to open a Filipino restaurant in South Philly, I kept checking online and in the papers for its opening.

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Capofitto Pizza + Gelato

Two months ago, over lunch with my friend Giuseppe Sena, we discussed the 40th anniversary of his restaurant La Famiglia. Our talk soon tuned to pizza.

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Bridget Foy’s

I have eaten at Bridget Foy’s for more than 20 years. It has always been on the cutting edge of Philadelphia cuisine. I clearly recall a game dinner with appropriate wines that was among the finest meals I have ever had.

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Square 1682

During last week’s Democratic National Convention, it occurred to me that I should review all the hotels that serve Sunday brunch.

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Bibou

Bibou, located within the South Ninth Street Italian Market, closed more than a year ago for renovations. The results are stunning.

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La Famiglia Ristorante

When diners enter La Famiglia, they are transported into a world of Italian beauty. Pale peach marble abounds. High quality linen, china, crystal, and silver flatware grace the tables. Yes, if you order fish, you will receive a fish knife.

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South Helm

South Helm, which opened last month at 100 Morris St., is the best new restaurant of the year.

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Bourbon & Branch

The brunch menu at Bourbon & Branch has something for everyone. It is well-planned even though I thought it odd the restaurant does not serve omelettes.

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Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

I reviewed the Famous, as it is called by all, many years ago. It was a dinner review and now I craved brunch.

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