2.5

Editor's note: The misleading menu described in the following article has since been redesigned. With that exception, the material remains acurate.

Other, more handsome editor's note: We ate at 1518 Bar and Grill on October 19, 2011. That it took this long to publish our thoughts tells all you need to know.

The thing that first caught our attention about 1518 Bar and Grill was the menu. It was a wonderfully designed menu. It evoked tones of class and sophistication, especially the...

7.0

When we ate at Blue Bear Tavern, the new restaurant hadn't had its grand opened yet. Naturally, you could attribute this to our influence and power as well respected members of the community, not only in the food blogosphere but also in Philadelphia at large. You could also attribute it to my confusing the address with 1518 Bar and Grill (a review of which is coming soon, and oh, it will be worth it), where we intended to go that night, and coincidentally stumbling in on...

3.0

Yes dear reader, we have returned. After a long absence, mostly caused by a near death experience resulting from our last review, we have picked up the burger-eating torch for the New Year and have made the resolution to hate things ever more this year.

Misconduct Tavern didn't impress me much. It is one of those neighborhood bars that I'd never walk into. It's not grimy or dim. Quite the opposite, the exposed red brick...

2.0

West Tavern, formerly known as Westy's Tavern and Wes Y's Tavern and That Shithole Cop Bar, reopened a few months back with little fanfare but big changes. Firstly, the owners finally ditched the dilapidated sign in favor of a laminated tarp bearing the new-ish name. And that's the only change. But the tarp's big, so there you go.

They also supposedly got a new chef, or at least had someone consult on their menu, and...

6.5

The Four Seasons's more casual dining option is the Swann Lounge. The elegant bar is a great way to get a sampling of The Four Seasons kitchen and service without the fuss of planning a trip to the formal dining room. It's still a bar in a hotel so it's not uncommon to see some open laptops and business calls mixed with the martinis and whiskeys, but the music...

8.0

Look at any species in any part of the world and you’ll see the same thing. When a population’s food source increases, the population increases; kill the food supply, kill the people. It’s the fundamental principle guiding homeostasis, it’s the Malthusian balancing act behind resource depletion theory, and it’s the reason I don’t give money to homeless people.

You can imagine, then, the moral dilemma I experienced walking to Square 1682 when a bum said to me, “Can I have some money for a...

4.0

When St. Stephen's Green first opened in 2006 it was the talk of Fairmount, at least until The Belgian Cafe opened shortly after. St. Stephen's has the look of an amazing gastropub. In many ways it looks strikingly similar to The Belgian Cafe but St. Stephen's Green doesn't have much to back it up. At least as far as food is concerned.

In general my feeling on the saints has always been that they talk a good game but...

4.5

Tria has been the de facto wine bar in Philadelphia since 2004. Between the original Rittenhouse bar, the Washington Square West spot, and the recently-renamed UCity location, it's become a citywide institution known for reliably decent food, good wine, and a semi-pretentious crowd.

However, it is far from the only option. If you're feeling a little richer in spirit (i.e., money) you can swing by Meritage, and if you're a little poorer you...

7.5

Editor's Note: This article is an audit of an earlier review. We're not saying we were wrong so much as maybe we misrepresented this burger.

When we last decided to check out The Dandelion it was opening week. The bar was crowded, noisy and had a peculiar concentration of highly irritating people. The burger we...

7.0

There are unspoken rules Laurence and I abide by as part of this little thing called Burgerdelphia:

  1. If a restaurant puts its name on a burger, you have to get it.
  2. You have to eat everything.

That's it. Try to keep them straight.

Devil's Alley sits on the strip of Chestnut that time forgot. I had avoided going to Devil's Alley since we started our burger quest because I thought I'd been there before, but walking into the unfamiliar...