eatin’ good in the (philadelphia) hood
→2012 was a tasty year for the City of Brotherly Love, with a steady stream of restaurant openings (and alas a few closings) and vibrant cuisine, which we happily sunk our teeth into. And even though we’re stuffed after all the holiday indulging, Drew Lazor’s recent spotlight on 10 of the most anticipated openings to watch for in 2013 has us drooling into our low-fat, low-carb, low-cal smoothies. On our radar, for today anyway, is Fitler Dining Room, the new spot at 22nd and Spruce brought to us by the Pub & Kitchen team, and the mysterious Serpico, which of course we love simply for its name, and well, because watching Stephen Starr do his thing is the mark of a true Philadelphian.
→For those of you who are in the first week of the proverbial News Year’s Resolution Diet, fear not. All those deceiving delicious eateries we fell in love with in 2012 are still thriving. In case you overlooked them while delving into your preferred comfort fare, the hot list includes Honey Grow, Hip City Vedge, Pure Fare (a 2nd location is in the works), Fuel, and in the finer dining realm, Fare. Tight on dough? These Philly “Celebrity Chef Diet” recipes can help you prep mouth-watering, guilt-free meals in the comfort of your own home. (We’re trying Jeff Michaud’s Braised Chicory tonight; keep you posted.)