Federal donuts is the premier location for hot fresh donuts in Philadelphia. Some of the flavors (vanilla spice, strawberry lavender, and cinnamon brown sugar) are made to order. Seasonal options are always available. "Fancy" flavors include chocolate cake, strawberry cheesecake, butter pecan, churro, tres leeches, and blueberry pancake The highlight of this establishment, however, is the fried chicken. Federal donuts have unexpectedly turned Philadelphia into a fried chicken foodie destination. Here you can find great preparations with unique seasonings including za'atar, coconut curry, and buttermilk ranch, or glazes including chill garlic, sweet soy garlic, and honey ginger. Service is very warm and engaging. An exceptional place for comfort food in a very welcoming atmosphere!
Vetri provides a great sampling of Italian tradition from multiple areas of the country. It is located in an intimate, jewel box townhouse that was once home to the lauded Le Bec Fin. Chef Vetri has created a menu based on antipasti, homemade pastas, secondi, and dolci. Although seasonality is a big part of the menu, since the chef tries to showcase the freshest ingredients in the market, some of the restaurant's classic dishes are always available. Although Vetri offers only a tasting menu, the servers strive to tailor each dining experience to the interests of the guests. Each individual dish is a great composition in terms of taste and presentation. However, we found that the menu lacks the character that would have been provided by being faithful to a particular region of Italy and exploring its traditions. The front-of-the-house staff are very knowledgeable but the service is formal and relatively impersonal. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience!
Zahav is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. It serves traditional Israeli dishes with modern preparations. Chef Solomonov has created a mouthwatering menu of small plates faithful to the classic tastes of Levante. The laffa bread is the highlight of this experience. Made to order in the wood-fired Taboon of the restaurant, it accompanies a spectacular hummus preparation (perfect balance of nutty and creamy) and several other small plates (focusing on different varieties of meat grilled over hardwood charcoal). Zahav means "gold" in Hebrew and its a reference to Jerusalem. The interior of the restaurant is strongly reminiscent of the hidden courtyards of Jerusalem, with golden limestone floors and walls, as well as hand-carved tables. Service is friendly and welcoming. The server was kind enough to add a few complementary small plates to our menu. A remarkable experience in one of the best dining establishments in Philadelphia!
Talula's Garden was established after the success of Talula's table in Kennet square. It is situated in a beautiful location across from Washington square in center city Philadelphia, and combines indoor and outdoor dining. The menu is inspired by local fresh produce and features multiple farm to table creations. The brunch at Talula's garden is one of the best in town. The chef plays with multiple sauces, without overburdening the courses or significantly altering the tastes. Highlights include the breakfast burger, and the pancakes. All creations are reminiscent of classic dishes, with the addition of modern twists that contribute to an amazing experience. Service is friendly and relaxing. A really superb Sunday brunch destination!
Morimoto is the premier Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia. Under the guidance of chef Morimoto it provides a combination of contemporary architecture and classic Japanese tastes. We were impressed by the exotic selections of nigiri sushi. The deserts integrated classic tastes of the Western cuisine with a modern twist. The atmosphere was vibrant and fast paced. Service was warm and welcoming. A great night out!