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Tony Luke’s Expanding Down East Coast

Gotta admit, when we first started making regular visits to Tony Luke’s in South Philly in the early ’90s, we never imagined it would ever expand to a second Philadelphia outlet much less become franchised up and down the east coast. The roast pork Italian and Uncle Mike sandwiches had us thoroughly seduced, as did the very scruffy, bare-bones location, alongside a barbed wire encircled “parking area” beneath rumbling Interstate 95 next door. Continue reading

10 Best American Food Cities?

Let the debate begin! Tom Sietsema, food writer for The Washington Post, did some extensive dining across America, with the goal of determining the nation’s top ten eating cities. Some results? The top three cities are all on the Pacific coast! Houston beats Philadelphia, and both beat Chicago and New York! We’re glad to see the recognition for Charleston, SC and New Orleans, two truly fabulous and unique food cities. Gotta hand it to Mr. Sietsema, agree or disagree, it took a lot of research and a passion for eating (and big brass ones) to produce such a list. There is a ton of great info here for future travelers, and a lot of appetizing reading. See for yourself.

‘Tis the Season for Peppermint Ice Cream!

When the weather turns cold, and the scent of pine is in the air… and twinkling lights hang from the eaves, and fat men in red suits loiter on street corners and in department stores… it can only mean one thing: peppermint ice cream is back! We’re not talking about the green mint chip ice cream that is available year round (and which is quite alright by us) but that (unfortunately) seasonal pink concoction, often studded with red and white bits of peppermint candy. Continue reading

50 Bites of Charleston

Foursquare has analyzed, in some arcane and inscrutable way, the massive trove of data generated by their users for that eater’s paradise known as Charleston in South Carolina to produce a list of the 50 foods to eat along with the best places to eat them. You know what? Having recently spent a week in the Low Country we can say that, perhaps surprisingly, it’s not a bad list at all. We’d start with the addictive oyster sliders at The Ordinary and follow that up with Hominy Grill‘s benchmark shrimp and grits. After that, you’ve got 48 directions in which to head!

James Beard Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the annual James Beard Awards were announced this morning. Some of our personal favorites among the nominees include: Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. February 26th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

 HAPPY NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY!

10 Worthy Atlantic City Restaurants, Not in the Hotels

An Ode to Ann Sather’s Cinnamon Rolls

Charleston Heavily Represented Among Beard Semi-Finalists

If You Can’t Park, You Can’t Shop

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LAF in the A.M. January 14th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL HOT PASTRAMI SANDWICH DAY!

Portland Pie Comes to Biddeford, ME

Braise & Brew at Middleton Place of Charleston, SC

Chicago’s Ann Sather Replaced by Giordano’s

Abner Silver, Owner of Jim’s Steaks on South St. in Philly, Has Died

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LAF in the A.M. December 15th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Jacques Torres on How to Deal with the Cocoa Bean Shortage

Fate of Lerua’s and El Torero of Tucson in Question

An Ode to Lowcountry Cuisine

Best Tamale in Tucson

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LAF in the A.M. December 14th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 10 Charleston Restaurants

Make a Yinzer Expat Happy for the Holidays

Detroit Coneys in Florida

How to Win Friends in Your New Hometown

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LAF in the A.M. December 5th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Why Are Charleston, SC’s Soul Food Restaurants Closing?

Come See the GingerBrown in Louisville

A Look at 2 New Appetizing Restaurants in NYC’s Lower East Side

AL.com Writer Falls for Wintzell’s Fish Tacos

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LAF in the A.M. November 16th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

David’s Country Kitchen in NYC?

How to Get By at a BBQ Chain

Top 101 American Breakfasts, Says Playboy

Tony Luke’s Watch

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LAF in the A.M. November 4th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

A Thorough Guide to NOLA’s Fried Chicken

Sara Roahen has compiled, for New Orleans Magazine, the most comprehensive comparative analysis of fried chicken in New Orleans that we’ve ever seen. We’ve grazed around the Crescent City many, many times, and even enjoyed some spectacularly good fried chicken. Yet somehow we never quite accepted the city as a fried yardbird mecca. Ms. Roahen said it best: ” [W]hen offered a choice in this town surrounded by water, I’ve historically chosen catfish or shrimp or oysters when in the mood for something fried. I now know that fried chicken isn’t only a safe bet, especially in our most community-oriented neighborhood restaurants, but often the best choice of all.” Continue reading

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