- Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
- 2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 267-639-6644
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- Cuisine: American
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
If it seems too soon for another 50 Best Restaurants issue, you’re right. For a long time, this list was something we put together every two years. But now that’s changing. Because it has to.
Philadelphia’s restaurant scene moves fast today—too fast for the kind of monolithic thinking that says a list of the best restaurants in this city could possibly stand, fundamentally unchanged, for two years. Fortunes rise and fall over weeks, not years. Opinions shift. Focus drifts. There was a time when a list of the best restaurants in Philly could have some breathing room—would be just as true (or nearly as true) six months or a year later as it was on the day it hit the stands. But today that sort of thinking seems as quaint as cedar-plank salmon or those bicycles with one big wheel in front—an artifact of another time.
Every restaurant has an inaugural “regular,” and for Vernick, it was me.
At least that’s what chef Greg Vernick divulged, with a chuckle, when I called to ask a few questions about a late-spring meal. It was news to me. It seems that after I paid my third visit — a bit too quickly on the heels of my first two upon its 2012 opening — general manager Ryan Mulholland giddily proclaimed that the restaurant’s first serial patron was officially in the bag.
Whereupon I returned once more — and then completely disappeared for almost three years. Read more »
End your summer with a blueberry pie from Vernick Food and Drink. Pastry chef Jennifer Sokoloff is baking 45 pies per day leading up to Labor Day weekend. The pie is made with New Jersey blueberries and topped with a brown sugar crumble, and will be available for pick up from Wednesday, September 2nd through Friday, September 4th.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the $12 pie that serves two. There is a limit of two pies per order.
Vernick Food and Drink [Foobooz]