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posted on August 18, 2017
review by Emily Teel

Michael Franco worked at Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin for years, beginning his tenure by wheeling the elegant barrel-shaped cheese cart through the dining room. Eventually shifting his attention to wine, he learned the skills of a sommelier through Le Bec’s extensive cellar. Now he has his own ...Read the full review

posted on December 19, 2016
Kensington Quarters
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Tim Kweeder takes palpable delight in serving interesting wines that match the sustainable philosophy of this restaurant—anchored by a full-service butcher shop that only sells locally sourced, pasture-raised meats. With a global array of largely organic, biodynamic and natural wines, he always manages to be pouring something special, ...Read the full review

posted on December 16, 2016
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Not yet a year old, Martha is a standout in trendy Kensington. Owner John Medlinsky built beverage programs all over town before opening Martha, where he’s bent on curating the best selection of locally produced beer, wine and spirits in the city. His list is proof of the ...Read the full review

posted on December 15, 2016
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

A chic, charcoal-hued room, ITV (In The Valley) is Nick Elmi’s first foray into wine-bar territory, a sexy, moody counterpoint to Laurel, his tasting-menu-only date-night restaurant. Where Laurel is romantic, built for an entire evening, ITV is fit for a quick cocktail or a glass of wine and ...Read the full review

posted on December 14, 2016
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Two stories of elegance on East Passyunk Avenue, Townsend is the namesake restaurant of chef Townsend Wentz. On the first floor, a cocktail bar that manages to be classic without straying into speakeasy territory. On the second, a quiet dining room draped in cream-colored linen. A France-heavy wine list ...Read the full review

posted on December 13, 2016
a.Kitchen + bar
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Sleek and modern, a.Kitchen is where you’ll find Mariel Wega, one of Wine & Spirits’ Best New Sommeliers of 2016. Her selection of 250-plus wines, including an array of large-format bottles and splits, feels as though ...Read the full review

posted on December 12, 2016
The Good King Tavern
review by Emily Teel & Benjamin Lemoine

Bohemian and gregarious, with a convivial European spirit, The Good King is like countless places in France, but it’s the only one like it in Philadelphia. Co-owners Chloe Grigri and her father, Bernard, a wine importer, have created a true bistro à vins in Bella Vista. While the menu ...Read the full review

posted on June 2, 2016
review by Emily Teel

It was a trip to Montreal that convinced Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartran, and Brendan Kelly that Philadelphia needed a place like Coeur. The trio—who also run Local 44, Strangelove’s ...Read the full review

posted on May 26, 2015
Bank & Bourbon
review by Margaret Shakespeare

American whiskey is the backbone of Bank & Bourbon, a new bistro in the old Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building in downtown Philadelphia. Bar manager Brian Bevilacqua has gathered some 60 selections, some of which he ages further in the small barrels that line his “whiskey bank.” Many also make ...Read the full review

posted on December 4, 2009
review by Marnie Old

Morimoto unites former Nobu executive chef Masaharu Morimoto with top Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr. Take a seat in one of the magically lit glass booths and let the former “Iron Chef” dazzle you with ingredients rarely tasted outside Japan. Be sure to taste the signature sakes, served chilled in ...Read the full review

posted on December 8, 2008
review by Melissa B. Monosoff

Amada is the real deal, a tapas bar with Serrano hams hanging from the ceiling, sangria macerating in small oak barrels along the bar and a constant stream of lusty little plates issuing from the kitchen. Check out chef/owner Jose Garces’ cocas, thin flatbreads with toppings like duck, ...Read the full review

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