Brigantessa receives 3 bell review from Laban

Brigantessa opened in October at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave. Originally the restaurant was slated to be mostly about pizza before changing their direction to include a whole menu of Southern Italian cuisine.  The Inquirer’s Craig Laban paid Brigantessa a visit, and from the impressive 3 bell review, it seems as

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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

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Philly mag gives Townsend, 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., an ‘excellent’ 3-star review

Townsend, the latest gastronomic newcomer to the red-hot Passyunk strip, found a big fan in Trey Popp, the Philadelphia magazine restaurant critic who bestowed three out of four stars on the restaurant. Popp praises chef Townsend Wentz as a jack of all trades and a master of them all for

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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. The Good King Tavern, which opened last fall in the former Chick’s space at 614 S. 7th St. got an enthusiastic, two-bell endorsement from Laban, who

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Cousin’s Grubhouse a sign of life in ‘South Philly’s Wild West’

The breakfast/lunch joint Cousin’s Grubhouse, which we told you was revamped in March 2013, got some much-deserved praise in the City Paper last week. Reviewer Adam Erace says the place, at 2340 S. Hemberger St., on West Passyunk near 23rd Street, is making “foodie baby steps for a bacon, egg and cheese crowd.”

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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. Laban gushed over Laurel’s torn New Jersey scallop, ricotta gnocchi and albacore starter, which “may be the best raw

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