Philadelphia Restaurant Openings: Tashan, Walnut Street Supper Club & More

PLUS: University City’s MidAtlantic is closing.

It’s hard to keep up with all of the new restaurants opening in Philly, but here are a few highlights.

Portofino has transformed into the Walnut Street Supper Club, a 1940s New York-style restaurant with live entertainment, dancing and an updated Italian menu. Visit

La Calaca Feliz, the modern Mexican eatery by the owners of Fort Washington’s celebrated Cantina Feliz, is now open for business in Fairmount, drawing fans with its thoughtful and interesting cuisine, fun atmosphere and thirst-quenching cocktails. Visit

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Come March, Matt Levin (formerly of Lacroix and Adsum) will be the chef behind Square Peg in the former Marathon space on Walnut Street. This casual, new eatery will serve higher-end, diner-style food. Think homemade pierogis, Korean fried chicken, and mac-and-cheese “grilled cheese” with drunken tomato soup.

Has anyone been to Tashan yet? It’s been getting nothing but rave reviews since it opened several months ago. If you don’t know, Tashan is from the creator of the Tiffin restaurants, one of them in Wynnewood (a personal standby). Tashan is on my list of restaurants to try, but, with all of the glowing accolades, I’m sure reservations are necessary well in advance! Visit

Finally, MidAtlantic, which is Daniel Stern’s American restaurant in University City, will close at the end of February. Visit

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