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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Townsend, at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., dazzles both Laban & Philly mag

A pair of glowing reviews has given a big boost to Townsend, the newest fine-dining addition to the Passyunk restaurant boom.

The Inquirer’s Craig Laban gave chef Townsend Wentz’s unapologetically French reboot of the former Sophia’s and Salt and Pepper a stellar three-bell review. And Trey Popp of Philadelphia magazine lauded it with three of four stars.

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Laban particularly was as pleased with the restaurant’s embrace of fine-dining touches — actual table cloths! —  as he was the refined cuisine coming from the kitchen. He says:

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Reviews: The Good King Tavern & Mole Poblano

These two reviews from Inquirer critic Craig Laban are a bit old now (they’ve been on our to-do list for weeks) but they’re still worth checking out.

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  • And Mole Poblano, a Mexican joint in the former Acapulco space in the Italian Market, at 1144 S. 9th St., was lauded as having “some of the best tamales in the city,” Laban wrote in another two-bell review. The restaurant opened partly to service arrivals from the owner’s “small community on the slopes of the active Popocatépetl volcano [who] moved to sub-Washington Street South Philly — a.k.a. ‘Puebladelfia’ — in the mid-2000s.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Laurel nabs three bells in glowing Laban review

Fresh off his $125,000 triumph on “Top Chef,” Nicholas Elmi won another tough award this weekend – three bells from the Inky’s Craig Laban for his restaurant Laurel, 1617 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Laban gushed over Laurel’s torn New Jersey scallop, ricotta gnocchi and albacore starter, which “may be the best raw tuna dish in town.” He also praised the roomy accommodations – for a matchbox BYOB, anyway – as being comfortable as the space as ever been.

There’s also a bit of an explanation for why Elmi so far has passed on cashing in with the inevitable investors that would have followed his TV glory:

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Pennsport 

Quick Hits: Laban loves Serpico, Rock Paper Scissors tourney, Carpenter Square lookin’ good

  • In case you missed it, Craig Laban came this close to awarding Serpico, which opened a few months back at 604 South St., a four bell review. Instead, he bestowed three bells while praising the place as “one of the city’s most compelling restaurants.” Read the full review here. But does anyone out there have reviews of their own?
  • 2nd Street Brewhouse in Pennsport is hosting a Rock Paper Scissors tournament on Sat. Oct 12, complete with cash and other prizes, plus plenty of Oktoberfest and pumpkin ales. Find the Facebook event here. First place is worth $50, some beer prizes and $20 gift certificate. Not bad
  •  The Philly Real Estate Blog has an update with some nice pictures of Carpenter Square, the 11-home, 6-condo development with a commercial space coming to 17th and Carpenter Streets in G-Ho.
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Laban slams Tiffin Bistro in 1-bell takedown. What about you? Any reviews?

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Unfortunately, the Inky’s Craig Laban found plenty to despise in Tiffin Bistro, the first Indian foray into South Philly besides the restaurant’s upscale sister, Tashan.

Tiffin Bistro, which opened in June at 11th and Federal in the old Kris location, came up short on the food and on the service, Laban said in his 1-bell review:

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