Morimoto features a modern décor, attentive service, and stellar cuisine fashioned by Chef Morimoto, who learned the art of sushi while training under some of Japan’s most esteemed sushi masters. Let the chef guide your meal with a multi-course Omakase tasting menu with beverage pairings. Or order off the menu and treat yourself to an array of dishes like Monkfish Nabe Hot Pot with ankimo, baby leeks, lemon & chili, Black Cod with miso mustard, Duck Madras with duck breast & confit fried rice or Morimoto Tempura with roasted red pepper and daikon soy sauce. One of the top restaurants in Philadelphia, Morimoto is open Mondays through Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.
If you think vegetarian food is bland and tasteless, you’re about to change your mind. Philadelphia’s Vedge is widely considered to be one of the best meat-free restaurants in the United States. Chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby have both been involved in the vegetarian movement since the 1990s. Vedge, which opened in 2011 in the historic Tiger Building, takes inspiration from a swath of global cuisines and combines it with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the verdant farmlands of the Northeast. The results are tasty, inspiring, and even healthy. Landau’s philosophy has always been to make vegetarian dishes work for a carnivore’s palate, and some of the standouts at Vedge include the grilled gochujang tofu with smoked miso dashi and edamame puree, as well as the popular “Dirt List,” today’s market vegetables prepared in a way that brings out their awesome essential flavors. Vegetarian or carnivore, you should try Vedge!
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Philadelphia has a number of restaurants with impressive pedigrees, and Kennett might be one of the most impressive. This 2nd Street mainstay opened its doors in 1924 as the Kennett Café, but it doesn’t bear much resemblance now to what has gone before. The current Kennett Restaurant features a wood-fired pizza oven and locally-sourced ingredients, among other things, and has become a neighborhood favorite. Executive Chef Brian Ricci studied at the French Culinary Institute and plied his trade at several of Philadelphia’s top eateries before coming to Kennett. He specializes in vibrant, flavorful seasonal menus, and diners rave about his innovation in the kitchen. Some of the most highly-regarded dishes at Kennett include the incredible lamb burger, served with shaved onions, purple cabbage, and caper-laced cucumber yogurt slaw, as well as the delectable house-made gnocchi Parisian, served with Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and farmer’s cheese. Kennett's pizzas are excellent, and the sticky toffee pudding might just be one of the best desserts you'll find in Philly.
Chef Jose Garces designed this eat-in/take-out place to be a casual gathering spot for locals who want fine food in an unfussy atmosphere. Weekend brunch offers you chance to dine on a main dish, side, brunch cocktail and coffee for $28. The menu includes Pastrami Hash, Steak & Eggs, Scotch Eggs and a variety of sandwiches and salads. Stop by for lunch for yummy fare like a Lyonnaise Salad with duck confit, a GTC Burger with tomato conserve, Pistachio Pesto Pizza with baby arugula, and Steak Frites with hanger steak and duck fat fries. Charcuterie and cheese plates are also available. Pasta dishes, plus entrees like Pan Roasted Scallops, Pan Roasted Duck Breast and Roasted Organic Half Chicken are on the dinner menu. Open every day.
Garces Trading Company
1111 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Brookshire Trace is having an open house Saturday April 13, 2013.
Bufad, Philly’s latest entry on the wood-fired pizza scene, features a hip, energetic ambiance, friendly service and a small menu of Italian offerings. Starters include Scamorza with smoked cheese seared in a cast iron skillet with oven roasted mushrooms, and Crostone Bacala with potato, chicken liver & a puree of cannellini beans & fresh herbs. For a delectable, healthy meal, try the Escarole Salad with green apples, toasted almonds & warm raisin vinaigrette. Pizza choices include the Sausage with house made fennel sausage, sauteed greens, & shaved pecorino, the Escarole with tomato sauce, spicy marinated escarole, napolitan salumi and ricotta cheese, and the Mushroom with wood roasted mixed mushrooms, rosemary, guanciale, smoked mozzarella, taleggio & white truffle oil. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
Fresh, sustainable, local and artisan are the keywords at Fare, a trendy little eatery with a relaxed ambiance. Stop by for one of their Brunch Tortillas topped with shrimp, asparagus, piquillo peppers, sauteed seasonal vegetables and roasted garlic. Also on the brunch menu is a Chorizo Open-faced Sandwich topped with a fried egg, and the Ensalada Mojama Frisée Salad with poached egg, haricots verts, crispy potato & pork belly croutons. The dinner menu offers up some tasty tapas, along with entrees like Scallops with almond truffle vinaigrette & celery root puree, Roasted Organic Chicken with Catalan spinach & chorizo, Crispy Pork Belly with butternut squash & bacon sherry, New York Strip Steak with organic fried egg and Baked Goat Cheese with Roasted Garlic & Honey. Fare is open every day.
Spring is finally here! Wishing you a season of sunshine and warmth.
This fantastic Penn Center restaurant has become a favorite with Philadelphia diners for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the ambience at Amuse is as warm as you'll find in the city. The rooms are heated by large, impressive fireplaces and decorated beautifully. The service is typically carefully attentive as well. But the real reason that Amuse has become so well-regarded is its food. Adeptly combining French bistro classics with some new influences, the menu is full of delights. Some of the most popular dishes include the great steak frites, the salad of baby lettuces, and the house-made charcuterie plate. Go for the French onion soup if you want a rich treat to start your meal – it's made from three types of onions and an Emmenthaler Swiss gratin. Diners also hold the desserts in high regard. Try the deconstructed take on coffee & donuts with a donut bread pudding and house-made Illy coffee ice cream!