The Other Critics

LaBan Stunned by the ‘Ineptitude’ at The Saint James; ‘Precise Execution and Respect For Ingredients’ a Winning Combination at The Industry

• Craig LaBan was so underwhelmed by The Saint James, the spot launched by restaurant vets Michael Schulson, and Rob Wasserman in suburban Ardmore last fall, that his reviews did not ring any bells. Spotty service, crashing plates, and everything ordered arriving at the table as “jumbled, rush-job mess,” LaBan found himself “stunned by such ineptitude.” [Inquirer]

• “Precise execution and respect for ingredients” are on display on plates served at Pennsport’s The Industry. “Shreds of Bolognese-y pork ragu” over pasta demonstrates the former, while a “lush” smoked Pocono Mountain trout does the latter, according to Adam Erace. “Smooth, buttery” brandade, farro salad, Buffalo-ized sweetbreads, and chicken wings with a “General Tso-style lacquer” all get nods of approval, too. [Courier-Post]

LaBan Stunned by the ‘Ineptitude’ at The Saint James; ‘Precise