There Goes the Eraserhood
Regarding Michael Alan Goldberg’s cover story about the revitalization of the neighborhood that inspired director David Lynch:
I’ve lived in the Eraserhood for 12 years and am fully aware of the changes that took place before I got here and I could not be happier to see the changes that occurred since I moved in. I love how my neighborhood has gone from very seedy to a little less seedy; it’s great to see people out at night that are not prostitutes or drug dealers. If removing falling-down buildings makes my neighborhood more welcoming, I fully support it. I appreciate Mr. Bruhin’s efforts, but it states that he only works in the Wolf building, not where he lives; please let those that live here be the ones to decide its future. If Bruhin is afraid of the neighborhood he works in during daylight hours losing its grit and character, I will gladly let him walk my dog after the sun goes down and all the workers have gone home and then ask him his opinion on the grit and character he so badly wants to keep.
TIMM, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Further proof that Philly makes you awesome.
JOE, via philadelphiaweekly.com
I lived there for four years. Just left a couple weeks ago, and I already miss it. The only “gritty” stuff about the Callowhill is the Shelter on Pearl. I never had problems with those guys and the dealers are always polite. That neighborhood is 100 percent fake grit, it’s just unkept. And keeping a part of Center City unkept isn’t realistic. They’re free to move to Tioga or Frankford if they want grit.
RYAN, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Oodles of Noodles
Regarding Brian Freedman’s review of Nom Nom Ramen:
I recently spent two weeks in Philly and had the pleasure of dining here. I did not know what to expect because I had not had traditional ramen before, but it far exceeded my expectations. I had the summer cold ramen and thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend even going out of your way to visit.
ANN HELMINSKY, via philadelphiaweekly.com
We decided to stop in this quaint corner restaurant because we love family-run small establishments that are unassuming. Places that focus on specialities with small menus for us tend to hit the nail on the head rather than ones with an oversized menu full of hits and misses. We found out that the chef hand-selects all his ingredients and slow cooks his broth with a lot of attention and love. And we definitely tasted every bit of that in the flavors and in the presentation. This place is a diamond in the rough. My family and I loved it. The flavors are addictive, especially the pork belly that melts in your mouth. It’s a guilty pleasure but worth every bite. The thick bacon is slow-cooked and full of deep, robust flavors, and the ramen and all the other ingredients create a wonderful balance. I can’t wait to go back.
ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Savage Love: Sondheim is solace