Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello already ran two outposts in Poplar—Cafe Lift and Prohibition Taproom. But when crowds at Prohibition became so thick that they were turning people away, it occurred to Michael that the vacant space on the corner of 13th and Spring Garden might be the perfect place to send them—with growlers in hand, of course. Here’s how the menu at his new Bufad Pizza came together.
Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s Vedge is that most unlikely of operations: a dedicated vegan farm-to-table restaurant that, in just over a year, has become a destination for both vegetable enthusiasts and their more omnivorous friends. Here, we take a look at one of Vedge’s “Dirt Lists” and ask Kate Jacoby how it came to be.
According to chef Scott Schroeder, there are two reasons why his Point Breeze joint, American Sardine Bar, became the place it is. First, because he didn’t think the world needed another gastropub (especially one so close to the gastropub he already runs, South Philly Tap Room). And second, because he felt confident that “people will go into bad neighborhoods for a good sandwich.” Here’s what he’s using as bait.
Le Bec Fin is back in its new iteration on Walnut Street, with chef Walter Abrams in command of the kitchen. And while much has been said about his California–inflected modern French menu on the main floor, we wanted to talk to him about the less formal, more rustic board being served downstairs in the reimagined Chez Georges. Here’s what he had to say about one of his early menus there.
We’ve got a new feature and piece of technology we’re playing around with, we call it Annotated Menus. Similar to the technology you use when panning around the globe in Google Maps, Annotated Maps lets you check out a menu and see what dishes the critics most enjoyed.
We believe it gives the consumer a cool way to figure out what to order.