Famed chefs find homes in the city, while second locations of local favorites arrive in the suburbs.
Classic Chinatown dim sum: pork buns, egg rolls, and shrimp and bean curd dumplings (clockwise from top) at Nom Wah Tea Parlor.
Bar Bombón Philly has always been a carnivorous city (hello, cheesesteaks!), but with the recent openings of vegan and vegetarian spots, Philadelphians are trading beef for Brussels sprouts more than ever. At the forefront of this change is Nicole Marquis, owner of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. Her next venture, Rittenhouse Square’s Bar Bombón, in the former building of Crumbs bakeshop, will serve Latin-inspired vegan and vegetarian food. 133 S. 18th St., 267-606-6612
Hungry Pigeon Having cooked at South Philly’s Tap Room, Wayne’s Susanna Foo, and New York City’s Morimoto, chefs Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley are now joining forces to open Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village. Breakfast and lunch menus—look for croissants, quiches, and rice bowls—will be offered counter-style, while dinner will feature table service, with family-style vegetable dishes accompanying whole roasted chickens, grilled fish, and their signature dish, pigeon pot pie. 743 S. Fourth St.
Luna Café With a menu focusing on locally sourced ingredients, nearly every item at Luna Café is plucked from farms within 100 miles of Philly. Braised pork quesadillas and sourdough Reubens conquer the lunch menu, while the new breakfast service features a make-your-own breakfast sandwich and a tofu scramble. 317 Market St., 215-309-3140
Nom Wah Tea Parlor The famous New York City dim sum spot (it was the first dim sum parlor in Chinatown) arrived in Philly this spring, bringing pork buns, shrimp and snow pea leaf dumplings, and sticky rice with Chinese sausage to 13th Street. The eatery also offers beer, wine, premium teas, and a delivery service for those who prefer to enjoy soup dumplings in the comfort of their own home. 218 N. 13th St., 267-519-2889
Not Your Average Joe's Inspired by casual yet upscale suburban living, Not Your Average Joe’s is a neighborhood restaurant serving dishes like rosemaryskewered scallops, Tuscan grilled chicken sandwiches, and three-cheese pistachio pizzas. Suburban Square is its newest location; you can also find the eatery in Glen Mills and multiple other spots on the East Coast. 49 St. James Pl., Ardmore, 484-708-1500
Revolution Taco Food trucks-turned-brickand- mortars are the newest trend to hit the Philly food scene. Joining in next are Mike Sultan of Street Food Philly, Carolyn Nguyen of Taco Mondo, and Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese, who have come together to create Revolution Taco. The Rittenhouse Square restaurant boasts 30 seats and a BYO menu full of tacos and burritos. 2015 Walnut St.
Victory at Magnolia Kennett Square is the second location for Victory Brewing Company’s brewpub (the original is in Downingtown). The new space features a seven-barrel brewery, open fermentation, and rotating drafts. Along with its locally made (and nationally renowned) beer, diners can indulge in a hand-tossed Brewery pretzel, served with HopDevil beer cheese, and the Kennett Burger, with pecan wood-smoked bacon, cremini mushrooms, and blue cheese. 650 W. Cypress St., Kennett Square, 484-730-1870