Chef Carolynn Angle Is In at Good Dog

The longtime Standard Tap chef is only the gastropub's second since opening 14 years ago.

Carolynn Angle (L), Heather Gleason, and Dave Garry | Photo courtesy of Good Dog

When longtime Good Dog executive chef Jessica O’Donnell decided to step back from her role to spend more time with her family, owners Heather Gleason and Dave Garry had only one choice for her replacement.

And they got their wish: Carolynn Angle, a veteran Philly chef, has taken the reins at Good Dog, where O’Donnell has served as head chef since it opened 14 years ago.

Angle spent 16 years running the kitchen at another iconic neighborhood gastropub, Standard Tap in Northern Liberties, where she emphasized local sourcing and seasonality in the menu. More recently, she worked with Kensington’s Greensgrow Farms, managing their commissary kitchen, before accepting her new post.

Good Dog went through some big changes last fall, when Gleason and Garry closed for nine weeks to renovate the 100-year-old space. The owners will spend the summer tightening the lunch and dinner menus with Angle, with an emphasis on the flexibility and seasonal specials she’s known for (don’t worry, their  signature cheese-filled burger is safe).

For now, look for summery, seafood-focused specials from Angle, like crispy soft-shell crabs with veggies, preserved lemon and cucumber dill dressing, blackened shrimp tacos, and crispy squid with lemon aioli.