The restaurants that put Dan Stern on our culinary map – Gayle and Rae – may now be closed, but this new pub in West Philly keeps his vision alive: The wide-ranging menu (with snacks and starters, shellfish, specials, sandwiches and mixed grills) is reminiscent of Rae, while the cheeky menu items (like the “pig wings” – deep-fried pork shoulder chunks tossed in a tangy sauce) are pure Gayle. Some dishes are a bit heavy on salt and sauce – which, of course, is just what you want when the beer is flowing.
Insider tip: Get a group of 10 to 14 friends together for one of Stern’s communal dinners, to feast on suckling pig ($900) or a decadent lobster spread ($1,100).
midatlanticrestaurant.com, 3711 Market Street, 215-386-3711
Where We’re Eating contributors: Joy Manning and Ashley Primis