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March 28, 2011

Singing Dandelion’s Praises: Craig LaBan Awards Stephen Starr’s Latest Three Bells, Philadelphia Magazine Gives It Three Stars

The much-heralded Fish and Chips entrée at Dandelion combines Chatham cod with twice fried Idaho potatoes, and come with housemade ketchup and tartar sauce. (Photo courtesy Dandelion)

Two big reviews just landed for Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant, Dandelion on Rittenhouse Square, and both of them are pretty good.

Craig LaBan of The Philadelphia Inquirer dropped a Three-Bell review on Dandelion this Sunday, praising everything from the secluded nooks and room temperature cask beer to the “individuality and craft” in the hearty British fare from Chef Robert Aikens. An excerpt:

But something almost magical has transpired inside this ornately detailed corner of connected old townhouses just north of Rittenhouse Square. Over the last few months, what debuted in the eyes of many observers as just as another “Disneyfied” theme restaurant, all-Englanded out with flea-market knickknacks and quaint sayings about “Faith” over the blazing hearth, has quickly become a very real and special Philadelphia place.

And in the April issue of Philadelphia Magazine, on newsstands now, Trey Popp gives Dandelion three stars as well, saying “the Dandelion epitomizes the best of British pub fare.”

With Dandelion clearly hitting its stride, Stephen Starr has already moved on to his next project — the super-restaurateur is scheduled to open his newest Philadelphia restaurant, Talula’s Garden, later this week.

Philadelphia’s Dandelion offers classic British food, served in a warren of cozy nooks [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The English accent is spot-on at Stephen Starr’s latest restaurant [Philadelphia Magazine]

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