Where to Eat This Weekend

Bialys, taleggio pizza, and sweet and sour chicken.

Photo by Michael Persico

Here’s where the Foobooz team suggests you eat this weekend. Maybe you’ll find something that sounds interesting to you. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite restaurant. And maybe we’ll see you there.

 

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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Fishtown

A last-minute reservation at the Fishtown Italian restaurant led my friends and me to a corner spot inside Mulherin’s moody dining room with a table full of vegetables, pasta and pizza. The white asparagus (the fattest I’ve ever laid eyes on) was grilled and plated with a sunny egg, all of it drizzled with a sweet saba vinegar. The excellent plate of thumbalina carrots — pudgy little things sitting in a pesto made from their tops — were surrounded by ribbons of local zucchini, and the smoky beets were perfect in their smooth smear of local goat cheese with pistachios and citrus supremes. The two pies we ordered—a poofy-crusted Leslie Chow piled high with mushrooms, radicchio and funky taleggio, and a classic double marg—were, of course, as good as they always are, and the pastas were as delicate as ever. If there ever was a dining room in Philly to celebrate the return of indoor dining, Mulherin’s is the one to do it in.


 

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Kismet Bagels in Headhouse Square

Sure, bagels are having a moment in Philly, but truly great bialys are still hard to come by. Enter: Kismet Bagels, with their caramelized onion and poppyseed bialys. They’ll be popping up all over the region this weekend — on Saturday at the Headhouse Shambles between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in Ambler’s Farm to City Market till noon, in West Chester’s Grower’s Market till 1 p.m., and in Malvern’s Growing Roots Farmers Market till noon. On Sunday, they’ll be at Green Street’s Fishtown roastery for walk-ups.



 

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Baology in Center City

Sweet and sour chicken, white rice, local veggies. And if you know what you’re doing, a side of sweet potato donut holes, too.