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Philadelphia's New Spring Restaurants Are All Over Its Map
Philly’s Latest Crop Of Neighborhood Spots Serve Local To Global Fare, Indoors And Out
The arrival of spring itself is reason to celebrate, but a fresh list of restaurant openings provides the what and where. Now is the time to try SPAM musubi (like maki) near Rittenhouse Square (Poi Dog), Taiwanese fried squid in Chinatown (Cheers Cut) and quirky beers in Fishtown (Evil Genius). Whether it’s a dining destination in King of Prussia (Mistral) or a burger joint in Manayunk (Napoleon Burger), great eating awaits. Here are some recently launched venues to experience—asterisks (*) mark venues with alfresco dining:
Center City East:
- Cheers Cut – Sating all cravings for crispy and fried foods, Chinatown’s newest quick eatery does a mainly takeout business from its counter. On the menu: Taiwanese chicken cutlets, nuggets, squid and beef. 122 N. 10th Street, (215) 829-9999
- Fox & Son – Carnival fare gets its day in the gourmet sun at Reading Terminal’s corn-doggery. Sweet potato or classic corndogs can be mixed and matched with chimichurri sauce, poutine and peanut slaw. 51 N. 12th Street, (215) 372-7935, foxandsonphilly.com
Center City West:
- Goldie – This vegan falafel shop from prolific chef Michael Solomonov and restaurateur Steve Cook materialized unexpectedly atop another of their newbies, Rooster Soup Co. Seven days a week, the order-at-the-counter operation serves its signature chickpea sandwiches, fries and tehina shakes. 1526 Sansom Street, (267) 239-0777, goldiefalafel.com
- Poi Dog – Rittenhouse Square’s newest ray of sunshine comes courtesy of Hawaiian restaurant Poi Dog. The menu will be familiar to fans of the same-named truck, including favorites like loco moco, spam musubi and poke bowls. 100½ S. 21st Street, poidogphilly.com
- Verts Mediterranean Grill – The first area location of a chain specializing in Mediterranean cuisine emphasizes do-it-yourself eats. Diners start with pita, rice bowls or salads, and layer on proteins, veggies and sauce. 1601 Market Street, (215) 563-8373, eatverts.com
- Napoleon Burger – Chef-owner Nick Farina plays musical restaurants as he moves his Union Taco to a bigger space with a liquor license in Manayunk. Taking the original Union Taco’s place will be Napoleon Burger, a classic burger joint. 4229 Main Street, (267) 297-6483
- Somo – A restaurant designer jumps into operations with a mid-century-styled Manayunk spot featuring American classic eats—think roast chicken, burgers and crab salad, plus draft beers, cocktails and wines by the glass. 4311 Main Street, (267) 297-6668, somomanayunk.com
The River Wards:
- Evil Genius* – Fishtown’s newest brewpub distinguishes itself with a “lab” bar that constantly tests new flavors and a 90s-style rec-room vibe. The kitchen keeps it fun and simple, serving Sloppy Joe sliders and dessert nachos. Warm weather brings about a 150-seat beer garden. 1727 N. Front Street, (215) 425-6820, evilgeniusbeer.com
- Café Jeet? and Kay Kay’s Cakes – Cannoli and croissants meet chicken cutlets and red sauce pastas at South Philly’s hybrid storefront. Jeet—short for “Did you eat?”—also serves Philly Fair Trade Roasters coffee. 1850 W. Ritner Street, facebook.com/kaykayscakes
- Chick’s – Pizza teams up with longtime pal beer for a Graduate Hospital-area gastropub with a modern sensibility. In addition to 24 taps, cocktails and wine, the menu includes comfort food classics such as burgers and chicken parm sandwiches. 1807 Washington Avenue
- Otis & Pickles – Pickles make their way into multiple dishes at this Pennsport speakeasy. For instance, cocktails like the tequila Manhattan with pickle spice accompany grilled corn, sliders and pickle-brined wings. 2500 S. 3rd Street, (267) 761-5127, otisandpickles.com
- Rival Bros. – The second location of Philly’s own roaster and coffee bar certainly competes with the first in terms of stylish look and delicious offerings. Taking up residence in the Touraine building, the swanky café serves espresso, High Street on Market breads and pastry and toasts with various toppings. 1528 Spruce Street, rivalbros.com
- Booker’s – Aksum owner Saba Tedla offers West Philadelphia an easygoing American restaurant. Small-plate crispy cheese curds and Cajun smelts can be ordered up with brick chicken, falafel waffles and a nice choice of craft beer. 5021 Baltimore Avenue, (215) 883-0960, bookersrestaurantandbar.com
- Mistral – Inventive cooking with inspiring ingredients in a bright and airy atmosphere makes a welcome addition to the mall. The same team behind a praised Princeton location turns out salmon with onion soubise and beets and lamb belly with chickpea panisse and escarole.160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (610) 768-1630, mistralkop.com
- Southern Belle– As its name suggests, this accessible kitchen focuses on Southern cooking. The cash-only bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot serves hot chicken, hush puppies and the like. 700 West Avenue, Jenkintown, (215) 887-2961, southernbellepa.com
- Suburban* – Exton’s new beer garden has a strong preference for local craft brews and serves fun bites like pierogi and lobster mac and cheese. Meanwhile, the indoor Farmer’s Room offers a more upscale experience with dishes that include charred carrot salad and striped bass over woodland jewel mushrooms. 570 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 458-2337, suburbanbg.com
- Balconcito – The former Tin Angel/Serrano space will get a new occupant serving Peruvian food, along with a pisco bar to match.
- Bao-Logy – Modern Taiwanese street food takes center stage at Logan Square upcoming fast-food spot.
- Blackbird Pizzeria – The Society Hill vegan pioneer gets a second location—this time in Northern Liberties.
- Cheu Noodle Bar – An eagerly anticipated second Cheu Noodle Bar—the first’s in Washington Square West; next, in Fishtown—serves another round of fun Asian-inspired eats.
- DanDan – Center City’s booming Szechuan-Taiwanese restaurant goes west to the Acme Plaza in Devon.
- Farm & Fisherman Tavern – The owners of the beloved eat-in market in Cherry Hill (and the former Center City BYOB of the same name) will branch out with a second tavern in Horsham.
- Hearth Kitchen – Talented chef Bryan Sikora launches a new venture in Kennett Square, emphasizing wood-fired pizza and handmade pastas.
- Far East Descendent – Chinatown welcomes a less traditional option with this modern bar featuring Asian small plates and a roof deck.
- Guiseppe & Sons – Celeb chef Michael Schulson joins forces with the Termini bakery family to cook up a red-sauce Italian kitchen on Sansom Street.
- Jezabel’s Studio – Jezabel’s Café doubles down with an expanded operation in West Philly, serving tea, empanadas and alfajores—and offering kitchen demos and other special events.
- Le Bus Bistro – East Falls houses the second coming of a Philly institution, an approachable American eatery that became the forerunner to a baking empire.
- Love & Honey Fried Chicken – There’s no arguing with the timeless combo of fried chicken and pies, and Northern Liberties comfort-food emporium should be here any day now.
- Mad Rex and Urban EEL – Philly’s first post-apocalyptic themed restaurant, to be opened next to the Fillmore in Fishtown, promises drama, plus a more traditional bar and lounge next door.
- Maison 208 – Recent Top Chef contestant Sylva Senat brings home the winnings at a new French restaurant in Midtown Village.
- The Pineville – Bucks County’s storied Tavern goes urban with a location where Port Richmond, Fishtown and Kensington meet that will serve craft beer and bar eats.\
- Pizza Dads – The whimsical and wonderful Pizza Brain takes two with a Brewerytown location—this time eschewing the museum concept for a straight-up modern pizza parlor.
- Rebelle concept TBA – The team behind New York’s Michelin star-winning Rebelle will set up shop in the ground floor of University City’s Cira Centre South.
- TALK – On the way this summer, the second outing from the Marigold Kitchen crew will spotlight New American cooking and cocktails.
- Tuna Bar – Soon, Old City will have another sushi bar to call its own, housed in the Bridge retail and residential building.
- Roy-Pitz – A Chambersburg brewpub sets up its tanks in Spring Arts and will brew beer from hops grown onsite.
- Yeeroh – A Modern Greek sandwich shop will soon touch down on South Street.
- Wiz Kid – Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s vegan quick eats have won hearts and stomachs in the Callowhill Whole Foods; a full-scale version arrives very soon near Rittenhouse Square.
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