Four local chefs dish on their favorite places to wine and dine.
Complement any dining experience at Stir with a stroll around the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Chef Hoon Rhee, Stir
Favorite Restaurants: a.kitchen & Friday Saturday Sunday, akitchenandbar.com; fridaysaturdaysunday.com “I usually don’t get to go out often to eat, but sometimes when I’m lucky enough to get out of work a little early, I’ll go sit at the bar at a.kitchen or Friday Saturday Sunday and order a couple of dishes. For me, Eli and Chad are both chefs’ chefs. Both of their food is always technically sound, consistently executed and shows a quiet confidence in who they are. Service is always on point, and their wine and cocktail lists have just as much thought put into them as their food.”
Chef Chad Williams, Friday Saturday Sunday
Favorite Restaurant: Royal Izakaya, royalsushiandizakaya.com “For his omakase, Jesse works with the most beautiful ingredients at their peak. His technique is perfect and the entire staff extends gracious hospitality.”
Executive chef Eli Collins, a.kitchen
Favorite Restaurant: Her Place Supper Club, herplacephilly.com “Her Place Supper Club is a great addition to the Rittenhouse neighborhood. It’s such a fun and interesting concept, and the food is always delicious, especially the corn brulee that Amanda featured this summer.”
Chef Amanda Shulman, Her Place Supper Club
Favorite Restaurant: EMei, emeiphilly.com “EMei hits the spot, always—the tingling spices, the mix of textures and pops of chile. I find myself constantly ordering too much food on purpose so I can come home and eat smothered cold spicy noodles every night after work.”
Photography by: COURTESY OF PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART/CHEF HOON RHEE; COURTESY OF HIGH STREET HOSPITALITY GROUP; JULIANNA BURSACK; COURTESY OF PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART/CHEF HOON RHEE; COURTESY OF PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART/CHEF HOON RHEE