Jose Garces, I Dream About…

Jose Garces's favorite Philly dishes

Jose Garces
Chef/owner of Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa and Village Whiskey

Seafood ramen at Zento
“I love ordering this for lunch, especially since Zento is so close to my office.
138 Chestnut Street, 215-925-9998

Duck salad at Standard Tap
“Their duck meat is just fall-off-the-bone perfection.”
901 North 2nd Street, 215-238-0630

Hummus with house-baked laffa at Zahav
“The combination of creamy hummus with -piping-hot fresh-baked laffa is incredible. It could be a meal by itself.”
237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800

Chorizo and clams at North 3rd
“Theirs is a terrific rendition of one of my favorite dishes, and it’s wonderfully consistent — whenever I’m craving it, I know it will be just as delicious as the last time.”
801 North 3rd Street, 215-413-3666

Smoked wagyu panini at Café Estelle
“Wagyu beef is one of my favorite indulgences.”
444 North 4th Street, 215-925-5080

Mahimahi tacos at El Vez
“Eating these tacos brings me back to the fun times we had opening El Vez and creating the menu.”
121 South 13th Street, 215-928-9800

Chicken vindaloo at New Delhi
“You usually see lamb vindaloo, so I like the unusual interpretation. The chicken stays wonderfully moist in the sauce and takes the dish to another level.”
4004 Chestnut Street, 215-386-1941

Chicken liver rigatoni at Osteria
“This dish changed the way I feel about liver as a complement to composed dishes. It’s earthy and robust, and pairs perfectly with the house-made pasta.”
640 North Broad Street, 215-763-0920

Chicken cemitas at Los Taquitos de Puebla
“This sandwich brings me back to a cemita I had in Puebla. Very authentic and very good.”
1149 South 9th Street, 215-334-0664

Rock shrimp tempura at Morimoto
“This was one of the first dishes I tried at Morimoto. Now I have to order it every time I go.”
723 Chestnut Street, 215-413-9070