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Le Bar Lyonnais: Upscale Philadelphia dining at Le Bec Fin made affordable

Get it in while you can; the word around town is that iconic Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec Fin will serve its final meal June 11, 2011. For the past 40 years, Le Bec Fin has been the very definition of fine dining in Philadelphia, and is arguably responsible for the food scene as we know it today.

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Mercato: New American / Italian Eatery

As a rule, I’m always willing to try new things in the wide world of cuisine. If I see a new protein on a menu I haven’t tried yet or some exotic vegetable garnishing a dish, it’ll probably be what I order. I’m especially fond of taking folks up on restaurant recommendations, and if someone tells me a place is their favorite spot in the city, and I just have to check it out, then it’ll make my short list of things to do.

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Philadelphia Center City District's Restaurant Week Runs Sept 12-17 and 19-24

It is the most wonderful time of the year. The air is finally cooling, which is a welcome relief after a brutal summer that included seven heat waves and temperatures that consistently cracked triple digits.

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Distrito vs Pod: The University City Dining Days Comparison - Part 2

Continued from Part I on August 3, 2010....

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Distrito vs Pod: The University City Dining Days Comparison - Part 1

When you think of the culinary scene in Philadelphia, two prominent names come to mind; Stephen Starr, restaurateur-extraordinaire whose empire here in the city boasts thirteen restaurants, over 1,000 employees and Scrooge McDuck-style revenue.

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Celebrate Bastille Day With Le Bec-Fin

Bastille Day is coming! France’s Independence Day, celebrated July 14th to commemorate the 1789 storming of the Bastille, is just around the corner. And what’s that? You forgot to make plans? Well that’s ok, because Chef George Perrier is gonna hook you up.

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Great Recipes for Your Fourth of July BBQ

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about staying home, having a few friends over and manning the grill. But what are you going to cook? Hey, I love hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken as much as the next red-blooded American, but I think this holiday represents a chance to shake things up and get a little creative with the fire pit. Here are three of my favorite summer recipes, easy to prepare and guaranteed to add a little flair to your BBQ without breaking the bank.

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Bobby Flay's Bobby's Burger Palace in West Philly

If you’ve been paying any attention to foodie news for the past couple of months, you’ll already know that Bobby Flay has lent his cash-generating name to the Philadelphia food scene by opening up another leg of his franchise burger hut, Bobby’s Burger Palace, at 39th and Walnut.

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Throwdown with Bobby Flay Challenges Vermont Brownie Company

Anybody out there a Throwdown! With Bobby Flay fan? For those unfamiliar with the show, the format is pretty straight forward. Megachef Bobby Flay receives a “top secret” mission to challenge a chef to a cook-off of their signature dish. The chef in question is usually considered one of the best in the country at producing their dish, and Bobby Flay’s job is to create his own version to be judged in competition.

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Philly2Philly's Best Thing I Ever Ate: Buffalo Wings at The Jug Handle Inn

I'd like to let you all in on what is my favorite food in the world and possibly the best buffalo wings in town.  

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