Best of Philly

Best Salad

2015 BEST Salad

Harvest Bowl at Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen’s seasonal offerings are reliably delicious, but the Harvest Bowl is the heartiest we’ve had thanks to the addition of wild rice and a few hunks of goat cheese to the kale, apple, chicken and sweet-potato base.

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2014 BEST Salad

Nomad Pizza

611 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The roasted root salad isn’t your average salad. It’s a brilliantly composed plate of cared-for veggies, tangled wilted pea greens, caramelized rainbow-hued carrots, paper-thin slices of wood-fired beets, served warm and topped with creamy chévre. But then again, Nomad isn’t really your average pizza joint. Read more »

2013 BEST Salad

Crispy Watercress at Rangoon

112 North 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Now here’s a way to appeal to folks who don’t judge salad by its healthfulness: deep-fry the greens. That’s what makes the fronds of watercress so crispy in this one. Battered in ultra-light rice flour, they’re flash-fried before getting sauced with a sweet-and-spicy lime/basil/chili dressing. Read more »

2012 BEST Salad

Raw Brussels Sprout Salad at Pure Fare

119 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA

EXPERT PICK: “This organic salad includes brussels sprouts, carrots, raw cashews and orange slices, and is mixed with a spicy mustard dressing. The good-quality oils they use in dressings here are a restaurant rarity. And the mix of textures helps stave off salad boredom.” —Ali Shapiro, health counselor, Read more »

2012 BEST Salad


127 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Arugula Taco Salad keeps it interesting at every bite with a medley of black beans, grilled corn, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, avocado, and a cilantro dressing so good that you’ll want to lick the bowl (which we did). Read more »

2010 BEST Salad

Parc Restaurant

227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

To escape DIYing our greens in front of a sneeze shield, we head for this creatively assembled (by someone else) salad with warm shrimp, shaved parm and half an avocado, atop a bed of greens dressed in lemon vinaigrette. Ah, dignity. Read more »

2009 BEST Salad


8501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

We aren’t a town known for our greens. Which is why the meal-sized tossed salads at Cake have us going out of our way to set lunch dates at this charming Chestnut Hill bakery-slash-cafe, a former greenhouse with a French-picnic atmosphere. There are enjoyable standards like tuna Nioise, classic chopped versions, and a carbed-up sesame… Read more »