Jul 24, 2015

Dinner in Philly

Philadelphia Philly Zahav Mike Solomonov Greg Vernick Laurel Eli Kulp Fork CITY GRITchefs

It's not news that Philadelphia has a hot food scene thanks to some pretty badass OG Philly pioneers. Philly is bursting at the seams with young, talented chefs, not to mention the small exodus of sorts we've started to see — chefs, not to mention the small exodus of sorts we've started to see — chefs leaving some of NYC's finest kitchens and moving to Philly to make their own mark. 

Alla Spina—  A part of the Vetri Family Restaurants, this "Italian Gastropub" serves Chef/Owner Jeff Michaud's delicious bites, a selection of almost 100 different beers (20 on tap; 75 bottle) and our personal favorite — Negronis on Tap! Don't miss the "Italian" Poutine with Mozzarella Curd and Guinea Hen Leg Bolognese (Also serving Brunch on Sunday.) 

Fork Restaurant— Chef Eli Kulp has some serious chops. He's a Del Posto and Torrisi alum and is making great use of those experiences at the helm of the kitchen at Fork and High Street Market. Do not miss the Crispy Chicken Nuggets (yes- we did say Chicken Nuggets), Fluke, Scallop Crudo, Smoked Char, and any of the pastas. (Also serving Lunch and Brunch on Sunday.)

Barbuzzo— A great chance to eat Chef/Owner Marcie Turney's mouthwatering dishes— this time with flavors from the Mediterranean— and one of the few spots in Philly open late night. Don't miss the Burrata with Roasted Carrots, Uovo Pizza, or the Salted Caramel Budino (rated best dessert in Philly!) Open for Lunch and Dinner

Vernick— This Jean Georges Alum's debut restaurant will certainly be the first of many great spots by Chef/Owner Greg Vernick. Sit at the gorgeous bar and enjoy one of Vincent Stipo's amazing cocktails, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen in the back dining room, or sit upstairs for a romantic night out. Don't miss the Chili-Glazed Octopus or the Arctic Char with Crispy Skin and Dill. (Closed Mondays.)

Ela— Chef/Owner Jason Cichonski is creating some of the most unique bites we've had in the city. We're obsessed with the Pretzeled Risotto and the Short Ribs! Also, try all of the cocktails— we dare you. (Also serving Brunch on Sunday.)