Aug. 8, 2014
Hai Street Kitchen has unique food
It’s a sushi roll the size of a sub, and you eat it as though biting into a jumbo egg roll. It is the heart and signature of Philadelphia’s first Japanese burrito bar, Hai Street Kitchen & Co.
Sep. 20, 2013
El Rey upholds Starr’s foodie fame
Stephen Starr never fails to impress. I’ve been a huge fan of his restaurants since coming to Philly, and I become excessively excited and even proud every time I visit one of his places. This is partly because the costs of said visits make them infrequent; his restaurants are not outrageously expensive and unaffordable, but they are definitely higher than what a college kid wants to spend on a regular basis. The way I see it, Starr restaurants are lovely for date nights or special occasions with the BFFs.
Apr. 5, 2013
Tequilas brings authentic south-of-the-border cuisine to Philadelphia
For Mexican food lovers, Tequilas restaurant is the ideal place to dine. Bright, colorful Mexican artwork depicting peasants and a newlywed couple painted as corpses greet you upon entering the Victorian mansion. In Mexico, el Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated in November to remember and honor the deceased. Much of the ancient festival’s artwork depicts death, which is why the decor’s theme is death. Past the high-ceilinged corridor there is a bar, and further into the restaurant is the seating area. Tequilas was established in 1986 by owners David and Annette Suro. The location, on the 1600 block of Locust Street, is great because it is only a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square. You can easily walk to Tequilas from University City or take the trolley, subway or taxi. Tequilas is open for lunch and happy hour on weekdays and for dinner daily.
Oct. 5, 2012
Las Cazuelas takes Philly south of the border
Las Cazuelas in Northern Liberties transports the diner from Philadelphia to Mexico. The authentic fare is inspired by Puebla, Mexico, the hometown of Las Cazuelas chef Alfredo Aquilar. The large portions make up for the restaurant’s limited menu.Call me Alejandra, because Las Cazuelas has transported me from its location on the border of Northern Liberties and Olde Kensington to Puebla, Mexico, the hometown of chef Alfredo Aguilar. Although the small Mexican restaurant is inconspicuous in appearance, its food is anything but modest. The menu does not offer a considerable variety of choices and is thus limiting for the pickier eaters. However, the available list of options is no letdown. In fact, the authenticity featured on the menu carries over to the vibrant yet traditional interior decor. Before proceeding with the meal, though, some advice: Come hungry.