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15. Vernick Food and Drink
Philadelphia, this is a newcomer worth keeping an eye on. And we know it will only get better than it already is. Well-pedigreed and with strong vision, chef-owner Greg Vernick is turning out accessible, clean, thoughtful food at his airy new eatery. Take, for example, the delicious selection of toasts. He spent plenty of time figuring out the best bread (a tangy sourdough from Metropolitan won out), which he chars over lava rocks (seriously!) before layering on toppings such as a brandade-like briny crabmeat, or peas and bacon. Many of his dishes have a touch of something acidic—a pickled chili here, a black-olive dressing there—that keeps you reaching for more, and more, and more.
All Good in the ’Hood: The easy vibe and approachable menu at Vernick make it one of those rare restaurants that can suit so many things: dinner with food-snob friends, cocktails with a gal pal, a meal with the non-adventurous in-laws.
Visit one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia:
Vernick Food and Drink, 2031 Walnut Street, 267-639-6644.