Food and Drink

Cafe Lombardi's serves up a slice of South Philly in the burbs

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👋 Isaac here. I’ve been on an Italian food tour and found my new favorite spot in the burbs: Cafe Lombardi’s.

The intrigue: A local staple that bills itself as a “taste of South Philly in Horsham,” the tables sit side-by-side in a one-room dining space and they are adorned with red vinyl tablecloths and small, flickering candles.

Get into the playoffs spirit with Eagles food and drink specials

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Tinsel's Eagles-themed bar in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Tinsel

Philadelphia is hyped for Eagles playoffs and bars, restaurants and other businesses are all in. Here's what we're most excited about:

Tinsel Takes Flight: Tinsel has gone green. The popular holiday pop-up bar opened an Eagles-themed version this week at 116 12th St.

Philadelphia weekend guide: Lunar New Year, tattoo convention and more

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Playoffs? Playoffs? Obviously, Eagles fans are amped up for the Birds' home matchup. But there's plenty more to do this weekend, including celebrating the start of the Chinese New Year.

Ice Princess Weekend in Franklin Square: Snap selfies with Elsa and Anna from "Frozen," Isabela from "Encanto" and Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog" in front of beautifully carved ice sculptures Friday and Saturday, 5pm-7pm. A light show starts at 5pm and runs every half hour. Free admission.

Mike D'Onofrio
Jan 18, 2023 - News

Stephen Starr eyes new restaurant in Rittenhouse Barnes and Noble

A view of the Barnes and Noble store on Walnut Street in Philadelphia

The Barnes and Noble store on Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr appears on track to take over the city's flagship Barnes and Noble after it moves from its long-time Rittenhouse location next month.

What's happening: The bookseller will close its two-story Walnut Street store — which opened in 1997 — on Feb. 15, Janine Flanigan, Barnes and Noble's director of store planning and design, told Axios.

Philadelphia restaurant openings to watch in 2023

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We're full of excitement over the heaps of new restaurants poised to open in Philly this year. Here are some of the eateries were looking forward to visiting:

Farina Di Vita: A boutique pasta shop now selling hoagies, deli meats and Italian meals in Queen Village.

Seafood lovers find paradise at Center City's Pearl & Mary

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The list of oysters vary from small to large. These were from Prince Edward Island. Photo: Alexa Mencia/Axios

I'm perpetually searching for the city’s best spots to share a plate of freshly shucked oysters. So I dragged the Axios Philly team to the new Center City oyster bar Pearl & Mary for our end-of-year dinner last month.

State of plate: At the corner of S 13th and Sansom Streets, the restaurant from Michael Schulson — of Double Knot, Sampan and Via Locusta — serves up a menu that seafood lovers dream of:

Philadelphia weekend guide: Goats, Bowie Week and free museums

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The Luminature light display. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo

It's almost First Friday, so watch out for special programming and events at art galleries, shops, museums and bars throughout the city. Here are a few other ways to spend your Philly weekend:

Act fast! This is the final weekend to catch the Philadelphia Zoo's LumiNature holiday light display. The immersive spectacle will run on Friday and Saturday evening before wrapping up until next year.

Mike D'Onofrio
Jan 3, 2023 - News

Philly restaurants take down streeteries ahead of new regulations

An outdoor dining streetery in Philadelphia

A woman walks past the streety from Bar Bombón in Center City on Aug. 12, 2021. Photo: Kriston Jae Bethel/Bloomberg via Getty

The city's al fresco dining scene is in flux.

Driving the news: Philly will start enforcing its updated streeteries program on Monday.

  • Restaurant owners who want to keep their parking-lot dining spaces have to apply for licenses, pay a $1,750 fee, and be covered by a $1 million insurance policy. That's in addition to meeting new building requirements.

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