Philadelphia Special – Zahav, Vernick, Vedge

Places to Splurge

Zahav; 19.0

What You Should Know:

Michael Solomonov takes diners on a trip to Israel with his thoughtful and sophisticated food that still manages to feel relaxed at the same time. The service is down-to-earth and attentive, while the dishes just keep on coming out, with each new family-style course feeling like an experience of its own.

What I Liked:

An unbelievably smooth and glossy hummus is served with warm, oil drizzled laffa.

Duck hearts are grilled to a tender medium rare, with apple brunoise for balance.

Malabi custard is delicate and unusually complexly flavored.

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Is It Worth It:

The popular menu choice is the Taste of Zahav for $48 per person, which includes many choice dishes for the table.


Food Rating:

9/10

Value Rating:

5/5

Return Rating:

5/5


FINAL RATING:

19.0/20

 

Vernick Food & Drink; 16.0

What You Should Know:

Chef Greg Vernick copiously produces well-executed and technique driven dishes from a single line of open kitchen. The service is attentive, and while the food is undoubtedly delicious and creative, few things are breathtaking.

What I Liked:

Partially melted foie gras is spread onto crisp toast with blood orange segments.

A whole chicken is covered in herbs and cooked under the fire until just before the outside blackened.

Tender venison is cooked to almost rare with a pumpkin seed mole.

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Is It Worth It:

The entrees stretch into the high $30s as the small plates are mostly just under $20, which can lead to a hefty à la carte bill.


Food Rating:

8/10

Value Rating:

4/5

Return Rating:

4/5


FINAL RATING:

16.0/20

 

Weeknight Worthy

Vedge; 16.5

What You Should Know:

This vegetable based restaurant, that just happens to also be vegan, comes from Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. The meat-free menu is innovative and new, where unusual combinations almost always are successes.

What I Liked:

A warm fondue of rutabaga has the texture of melted cheese and is served with a warm, pretzel roll and pickles.

Butternut squash is paired with a pecan “mud pie,” sage marshmallow and cranberries in a pleasantly unusual marriage of flavors.

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Is It Worth It:

The prices are all under $20, however, it is recommended that a complete meal consists of one thing from each of the three sections, so the bill may reach expensive territory.


Food Rating:

8/10

Value Rating:

4/5

Return Rating:

4.5/5


FINAL RATING:

16.5/20

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