Where’s the Beef Now?
Looks like Five Guys and Elevation Burger—not to mention Johnnie’s Dog House—have some new competition. Ashys Burger & Fries (82 E. Lancaster Ave., 610-640-1800, ashysburger.com) has opened its doors in the Paoli Shopping Center, offering a full roster of burgers and dogs. Not sure how I feel about the “well done only” rule, but I guess management feels there’s no getting around all that bad press about food-borne illnesses. Still, the tasty toppings may just make you forget that “medium rare” isn’t an option. And non-burger fans will appreciate the falafel, fresh-carved gyro and wild salmon filet sandwiches.
Conshy Goes Euro
Spanish-inspired tapas and Neapolitan pizza—plus a tantalizing little wine list—are all on the menu at Isabella (382 E. Elm St., Conshohocken, 484-532-7470), a funky new contemporary Mediterranean joint nestled in my favorite blue-collar-meets-upscale neighborhood.
I’ll Have a Side of Renoir with That
Stephen Starr has been making his culinary mark on the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Granite Hill (philamuseum.org/dining) made its grand entrance last month, and it’s sure to keep visitors well fed this holiday season with its upscale French cuisine and minimalist (but still swanky) cocktail menu.