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Philly’s restaurant scene continues to boom. From upscale taverns to fine dining revivals to the surge in fast casual concepts, food has never been a bigger part of what defines this city. Billy Penn has been covering the industry since our inception, but now we’re ready to take the next step.

Say hello to our first restaurant critic: Adam Erace.

Erace is no stranger to anyone familiar with the local scene. He’s a South Philly native who’s been a restaurant reviewer for a decade — pretty impressive considering he’s only 32 years old — dropping wisdom and advice about where to dine for area publications like Philadelphia Weekly, the Courier-Post and City Paper. His travel writing has appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Details, Eater and tons more.

You might also know him from Green Aisle Grocery, the three-location boutique market he co-owns with his brother Andrew Erace, or from the Food Network’s Great American Food Finds, a traveling reality show the siblings hosted in 2015.

“It’s crazy that in a city the size of ours, with a landscape as vibrant as ours, there aren’t more critical voices when it comes to restaurants,” says Erace. “I’m excited that Billy Penn is looking to expand food coverage and to add my perspective to the mix.”

We’re also extremely excited to welcome him. Look for his monthly reviews to start showing up on our site this February.

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Danya Henninger

Danya Henninger is director of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation — including the...