Chefs Polled for Under-the-Radar Eats


Kim’s Korean BBQ | Photo by Philly Phoodie

First We Feast interviews several top Philadelphia chefs, including Nick Elmi, Peter Serpico, Eli Kulp and Michael Solomonov among others, about their favorite under-the-radar eating experiences in Philadelphia.

The list is full of great spots including Kim’s Korean charcoal barbecue in Olney.

  • Justin Bogle (Avance) – Pho Xe Lua
  • Joe Cicala (Le Virtu) – Los Gallos
  • Jason Cichonski (Ela) – Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar
  • Eli Collins (Pub & Kitchen) – Tired Hands Brewing Company
  • Nick Elmi (Laurel) – Zeppoli
  • Jose Garces (Garces Group) – Cherry Street Tavern
  • Eli Kulp (Fork) – Kim’s
  • Adam Leonti (Vetri) – Kanella
  • Erin O’Shea (Percy Street) – Valley Shepherd Creamery 
  • Michael Santoro (Mildred) – The Abbaye
  • Peter Serpico (Serpico) – Royal Tavern
  • Michael Solomonov (Zahav) – Street Food Philly

Chef Picks: the Most Under-the-radar Eating Experiences in Philadelphia [First We Feast]


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  • ray jr

    does ray’s even really sell food or is that a joke?

  • Dan

    Hard to say that Kanella and Royal are “under the radar.” Any place which there are consistently waits on the weekend and for brunch can’t really be under the radar. Zeppoli’s gotten plenty of hype as well, but at least it’s in Collingswood.

    Also, I presume “Kim’s” is referring to the Korean restaurant in North Philly?

    • Dan

      Whoops, reading comprehension low. I see it now. I heard that place is good.

  • bryan

    none of these places are “off the radar.”