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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Laurel is now a four bell restaurant

This week The Inquirer‘s food critic, Craig Laban, released his “Ultimate Dining” guide, including his 25 favorite restaurants “from fine dining to great neighborhood gems.”

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A number of South Philly’s best were featured in the pages, but two new reviews elevate South Philly’s dining scene even further. Nick Elmi received the highly-coveted four bell spot for Laurel, along with a newly-minted three-bell review for South Philly Barbacoa.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Nick Elmi gets another three bell review for the ‘blend of finesse and creative wit’ of ITV

Nick Elmi has done it again.

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The Top Chef winner and owner of the highly-praised Laurel opened a new concept called ITV over the summer. Inquirer food critic, Craig Laban, has now visited the more casual restaurant and wine bar concept, located next door to Laurel at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. Just as Laurel received a glowing three bell review in 2014, ITV has received the same three bell praise for the “blend of finesse and creative wit [that] elevates virtually every dish” at the restaurant.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Laurel remains at the top of the ’50 Best Restaurants,’ 15 South Philly spots on the list

When it comes to lists of top restaurants in the city, South Philly’s dining options usually rank quite well. Philly Mag’s 2016 list of “50 Best Restaurants” highlights the greatest in the city, including many of the delights in our neighborhoods. In total, 15 South Philly restaurants are represented.

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For the third time in a row, Laurel has taken the highest ranking, which makes us wonder how Nick Elmi’s new concept, to be called ITV, will fare on next year’s lists.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Nick Elmi’s new restaurant next to Laurel to be named ITV, expected to open next month

Nick Elmi, the Top Chef winner behind East Passyunk Avenue’s Laurel, is getting ready to open a new restaurant next to his current hit dining spot. 

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Instead of simply making Laurel larger, this new location just next door at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. will become a wine bar called ITV. The name was derived from his research of the name “Passyunk,” which is a Lenape Indian term that means, “in the valley.”

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Conde Nast Traveler names five South Philly restaurants as the ‘Best Places to Eat in Philadelphia’

Many publications have named South Philly on various lists of great restaurants. This time Conde Nast Traveler took a go at it, naming five restaurants in this part of the city on a list of six restaurants. Not too shabby.

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So what restaurants does Conde Nast Traveler think are Philadelphia’s best? From dim sum to pigeon, South Philly’s finest are here.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Laurel takes top spot on ’50 Best Restaurants’ list, 15 South Philly spots in total represented

As the year is coming to a close, it’s time for some year-end lists. Philadelphia Magazine shared their “50 Best Restaurants” list for 2016 and, as you would expect, some South Philly spots fared quite well.

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East Passyunk Avenue shined through with three restaurants in the top 10 alone, with Laurel taking the top spot for the second year in a row. In total, there are 15 South Philadelphia restaurants represented on the list. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Laurel plans expansion to double seats, add bar

Top Chef winner Nick Elmi’s jewel-box of a BYOB, Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave., is one of the city’s toughest tables to get, with only 20 seats.

Maybe soon you’ll get a shot at eating there. The Insider reports that Elmi plans to take over the space next door, which for a hot minute was the breakfast place Dante after being the original home to Metro Men’s clothing.

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