Food

Wife-husband restaurateurs and chefs Bridget Foy and Paul Rodriguez have bounced back from the fire that destroyed Foy’s namesake restaurant on South Street in 2017 with the recently opened Cry Baby Pasta. And you just might weep if you can’t get a reservation.

The cozy and elegant space was packed on a Wednesday night and we soon found out why. The menu is simple and concise — but the menu items are executed to perfection.

If you step into the stylish and casually refined confines of West Philly’s CO-OP for brunch, there’s a pretty good chance that any diet is going out the window.

Sure, there’s a significant portion of the brunch menu that keeps it light (parfaits, fruit bowls, veggie bowls, salads), but they just can’t compete with the classic comfort foods — which are made even more appetizing here.

 We generally are lured out to King of Prussia to sample its culinary offerings in places that serve upscale comfort dishes in massive and visually stunning, expertly decorated spaces.

Our destination this time was J. Alexander’s, 256 Mall Blvd. Part of the nationwide contemporary American wood-fired cuisine chain, the eatery fits the area perfectly. The spacious, dimly lit venue delivers suburban charm with lots of dark wood, shiny surfaces and comfortable seating.

Two relatively new Indian restaurants are offering a deliciously varied reprieve in the culinary glut of Old City.   

Compared to other area eateries, Indian Grill, 114 Chestnut St., has a basic, almost-austere aesthetic. But the menu shines as brightly as the restaurant’s lighting.

On a recent visit, the mirchi pakora ($5.75) started the meal on a spicy note.

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