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Best of Philly Dining 2012 Round Up

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Philadelphia Magazine 50 Best Restaurants for 2012 - lists Stateside (1536 East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147) as #1. This is the first time I have ever heard of this restaurant, so I went to check out their website, to paraphrase:
Chef George Sabatino, focus is on locally-sourced products with a menu made up of mostly small plates, featuring house-made charcuterie offerings, large plates for sharing, and a rotation of Chef Sabatino’s dessert offerings.

The bar: a unique mix of strictly domestic craft beers, wines, and spirits. With an emphasis on the whiskeys and bourbons that grew as our country did.
So Stateside is a must for me in near future of this new year.

Also just found out the former Beverage Manager of Dandelion, Jay Willard, who I interviewed back in March of 2011 (click for post), has opened up his own establishment called Growlers (736 S 8th St  Philadelphia, PA 19147):
We're a beer-centric neighborhood pub offering great food and a relaxing environment.
Our kitchen is open daily from 5pm to 1am.
Our living room features a fireplace, and we have a game room downstairs for darts and pinball.
Chef Jerry Donahue has designed a menu to make both your mouth and wallet happy.
Me and two other bloggers are gathering a group together to go enjoy this new Bellavista Bar!

Craig LeBan lists his favorites in categories: 


  • Distinctive Italian - #1 Amis (412 S. 13th Street & Waverly Philadelphia, PA 19147)
  • New American - #1  A.Kitchen (135 South 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103) I've heard this is where a lot of celebs eat when in Philly shooting a movie.
  • Updated International -#1 Han Dynasty (108 Chestnut Street  Philadelphia, PA 19106) 
  • Gastropubs - #1 Khyber Pass (56 South Second Street Philadelphia PA 19106)
  • New American BYOBs - #1 Blackfish (119 Fayette Street  Conshohocken, PA 19428) I work in this area and have yet to venture here, but people at my office give it good props!   

PhillyEater.com list 38 Essential Restaurants in Philly with their #1 pick being -
Zahav (237 St. James Pl Philadelphia PA 19106)

All 3 Lists rank these restaurants among the best:  
  • Le Virtu (1927 East Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19148) 
  • Fond (1537 South 11th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147) 
  • Kanella (1001 Spruce Street Philadelphia PA 19107)
  • Barbuzzo ( 110 S. 13th Street Philadelphia PA 19107) 
  • Koo Zee Doo (614 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia PA 19123)  

This is my Favorite Food Pic of 2012. I took it at Tria

WISHING EVERYONE GOOD EATING IN 2013!

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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