Tale of the Tape: JG Domestic

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Jose Garces’ seventh restaurant is opening in the Cira Centre at 30th and Arch. JG Domestic will serve artisinal food and drink, all sourced from the United States. Widely thought of as a Latin chef, Garces who is a Chicago native is touting JG Domestic as a showcase for his culinary mastery.

“I want JG Domestic to be a must for anyone who lives in the Philadelphia area, and for out of town visitors too.  It may be a little too lofty, but my plan is to have it become a true dining destination – the kind of place that people go out of their way to visit and enjoy.” – Jose Garces

The Space

  • Designed by Jun Aizaki of Creme Design Collective
    • Aizaki has also designed all Garces’ other restaurants
  • 175 seats
  • The space will have a vibrant, outside-in feel that reinforces the restaurant’s commitment to freshness
  • Living wall of herbs, plants and greenery
  • Seating area ringed with live planters
  • Communal table that features three living trees
  • Linen and plaid banquette seating and butcher block tables against the “living wall”
  • Custom cabinets will display authentic salvaged Americana
  • Large blackboard adorned with a “driving tour” map from Michigan to Philadelphia and New York marks the origins of various menu items
  • “Chef’s Nook” dining room, with seating for up to 12 guests, will include views of the open kitchen
  • Private dining space for up to 28 guests
  • Garces Trading Company (GTC) Coffee Kiosk will also operate in the Cira Centre
    • Offerings will include:
      • 12 oz. bags of GTC Reserva, decaffeinated and espresso blends
      • Salads, sandwiches, boxed lunches to go and an array of GTC’s pastries, muffins, cookies and cupcakes
    • The kiosk will be open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 10 pm.

The Food

  • Food will pay homage to the top ingredients produced in the United States
  • Menu will change daily.
  • Chef de Cuisine is Dave Conn
    • Has worked for Garces at Amada, Tinto, Village Whiskey and now JG Domestic.
    • Prior to joining Garces Conn was on the original team at Washington Square with Marcus Samuelsson
  • Information on sourcing will be documented on the menu
  • Menu items range from $5 to $28
  • Five course tasting menu for $65.
  • Menu includes snacks, cold and warm plates, vegetables and meat and fish dishes:
    • Heirloom Crimson Popcorn with Cheddar and Horseradish, red popcorn kernels from California’s Rancho Gordo, seasoned with sea salt, Jasper Hill Vermont cheddar cheese and fresh horseradish
    • Farm 51 Autumn Shirred Egg, eggs from a nearby urban farm in West Philadelphia with truffle-celery root cream, Benton’s bacon, Washington State lobster mushrooms and Oregon black truffle
    • Strube Wayu Skirt Steak, 100% wagyu lineage beef from Strube Ranch in Pittsburg, Texas served with cider glazed cipollini onions, fried shishito peppers, cider veal jus and Bayley Hazen blue cheese
    • “Maple,” Patterson Farms’ maple syrup souffle with crème anglaise and Nocello ice cream
  • Tonight section of the menu will feature seasonal dishes such as:
    • Atlantic Big Eye Tuna, caught off the coast of Massachusetts with California baby artichokes, Lola Rosa lettuce, marinated kumquats and creamy mustard vinaigrette
  • Whole Animal - one dish crafted by using a farm raised animal in its entirety such as:
  • Roasted Suckling Pennsylvania Lamb, roasted leg and shoulder, crispy confit ribs and braised belly
  • Lunch burger is same blend as Village Whiskey
  • Cheese Cart that will be rolled tableside.
  • Garces’ just purchased 40-acre Bucks County farm will provide much of the produce starting in Fall of 2011.
  • Menus

The Drink

  • Beverage program will also showcase American made wines, beers and spirits
  • 20 beers (14 bottles and six draughts) ranging from $5 to $12
  • 17 wines by the glass ranging from $9 to $13
  • 60 wines by the bottle will be offered.
  • Hand-crafted cocktails will also incorporate farm-fresh ingredients with an eye toward applying an artisanal hand to traditional American drinks
  • Extensive collection of bourbons, American ryes and whiskies
  • Cocktails, all named for historic train routes will include:
    • The Texas Eagle, a light version of a Bloody Mary that features bright vegetable notes and good spiciness
    • The City of New Orleans, a classic version of the Sazerac
    • The Hiawatha, a frothy but refreshing bourbon-based cocktail featuring allspice and pumpkin butter.
  • Cocktails will range from $12 to $15
  • Drink Menu (PDF)


  • Lunch
    Monday-Friday 11:00-3:00pm
  • Dinner
    Monday-Saturday 5:00-10:00pm
  • Happy Hour
    Monday-Friday 3:00-7:00pm
  • Closed Sundays

JG Domestic
2929 Arch St
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More on JG Domestic

Jose Garces Gets Domestic [Metro Philadelphia] 
Photo Sneak Peek: JG Domestic
[Restaurant Club]
JG Domestic in Photos [Meal Ticket]
An Exclusive Look at JG Domestic [NBC Philadelphia]

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