- Neighborhood: Center City East, South Street
- 521 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
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- Cuisine: American
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
In keeping with our pretty-much-unbroken streak of posting about Kevin Sbraga every day (no, seriously), we present you with this. A nice little peek into some recipe testing with Georges Perrier happening at Juniper Commons. According to Sbraga’s Twitter, this is all about “Making sauces with the master.”
Kevin Sbraga [Twitter]
The Top Chef winner is set to open his third restaurant, ’80s-themed Juniper Commons, this month. He talks about his love of Michael Jackson, the secret to Italian gravy, and the Philly food trend that must end.
My name is … Kevin David Sbraga. My last name is Italian, and something tells me that it means “large around the waist.”
I was born in … Mount Holly.
The best thing about growing up in New Jersey … was tomatoes in the summer.
If I wasn’t doing this, I would probably be … a truck driver.
I drive a … Mercedes ML350.
One food I cannot stand … is takeout Chinese.
Yelp is … a pain in the ass.
Kevin Sbraga’s third restaurant, Juniper Commons is now open at Broad and South Streets. The restaurant is heavily influenced by the 1980s and Sbraga intends to make that a good thing. There are table-side Caesar salads, baked potatoes, house-made wine coolers, prime rib and so much more.
But this is more than just kitsch, the restaurant is Sbraga’s biggest yet, and the 1980s vibe is just a jumping off point. To any child (or adult) of the 80s, the soundtrack will be hard to resist. And that music selection goes a long well in setting the mood. So does the bar program which is aiming to stock over 150 gins and offer a cocktail menu exclusively of gin-based cocktails. That isn’t to say there isn’t a full bar selection available but the bar is definitely obsessed with gin. And what’s gin without tonic? Juniper Commons is stocking 24 tonics, including six that are made in house.