Best of Philly

Best Salad

2014 BEST Salad

Nomad Pizza

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.

611 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-238-0900 | Website

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 »