Casablanca Mediterranean Grill (formerly Bitar’s) Opens in South Philly
Mediterranean / South Philadelphia

Casablanca Mediterranean Grill (formerly Bitar’s) Opens in South Philly

Casablanca Mediterranean Grill, a new Mediterranean and Moroccan take-out eatery and grocery store, opens on Tuesday in the space formerly occupied by Bitar’s for 50 years at 947 Federal Street. While it’s hard to imagine Bitar’s no longer at this location, I think the new owners did a nice job of making the space their … Continue reading

Bitar’s is Closing After 50 Years
Closings / Mediterranean / Middle Eastern

Bitar’s is Closing After 50 Years

After nearly 50 years in South Philly, Amin & Jude Bitar are proud to announce that Bitar’s is refocusing the scope of its business by adjusting to 21st century realities. “Our 10th & Federal Street home has been sold and we are taking the summer to rest and visit Lebanon — seeing my homeland for the … Continue reading

Lilly’s Ferry Replaces The Victoria Freehouse in Old City
Mediterranean / Middle Eastern / Old City

Lilly’s Ferry Replaces The Victoria Freehouse in Old City

The Victoria Freehouse announced last month that it would close after 11 years at 10 S. Front Street in Old City. Many fans of the beloved British pub lamented the closing as it had become a staple in the neighborhood. It took no time for the location to change hands and transition to a new … Continue reading

Try Healthy Mediterranean Food for your Holiday Entertaining
Catering / Holidays / Mediterranean / Middle Eastern

Try Healthy Mediterranean Food for your Holiday Entertaining

Do something healthy and delicious this holiday season: put Mediterranean food on your holiday table! Hear me out… For nearly 50 years, Bitar’s has been providing Philadelphians healthy diet options, even before the Mediterranean diet was touted as health food and the key to living a long life. The leading scientific benefit of this diet … Continue reading

Garden Oasis Terrassa Debuts Adjacent to Fabrika in Fishtown
Fishtown / Mediterranean / Openings

Garden Oasis Terrassa Debuts Adjacent to Fabrika in Fishtown

The owners of Fabrika, the acclaimed Fishtown restaurant/cabaret and entertainment venue, are unveiling a new concept underneath a plexiglass-covered outdoor space attached to the converted former ice cream machine factory. Terrassa is a 65-seat outdoor industrial-chic space bordering Frankford Avenue that, unlike the inside, will offer a more casual, family-friendly menu of international and shareable … Continue reading

Bitar’s Launches Mediterranean Superfood Brunch
Brunch / Mediterranean / Middle Eastern / South Philadelphia

Bitar’s Launches Mediterranean Superfood Brunch

With the ethic of “better eating through super nutrition” trending and the mounting evidence that the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern diet is the healthiest menu on the planet, Philly’s Middle Eastern cuisine pioneer Bitar’s is introducing an all-new Mediterranean Superfood Brunch served with FREE Turkish Coffee. Starting on the weekend of March 20-21, brunch will be offered at Bitar’s, located … Continue reading

Zoës Kitchen Opening Location in Blue Bell, PA
Blue Bell PA / Mediterranean

Zoës Kitchen Opening Location in Blue Bell, PA

Zoës Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant serving fresh, made-from-scratch Mediterranean dishes, is continuing its expansion in Pennsylvania with the opening of its Blue Bell location at 920 Dekalb Pike, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA on Friday, July 7th. To celebrate, Zoës Kitchen is giving away buy one, get one free entrées and announcing the winner of … Continue reading

Al Zaytouna – Eastern Mediterranean Restaurant in the Italian Market
Italian Market / Mediterranean / Middle Eastern

Al Zaytouna – Eastern Mediterranean Restaurant in the Italian Market

Al Zaytouna is a new restaurant in the Italian Market specializing in Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare. When it opened about a month ago, I made a point of stopping in. I posted this review on Yelp. I liked it so much the first time I wanted to try it again. Marilyn JohnsonFood enthusiast. … Continue reading