Sneaking in for the few remaining weeks of 2015 are the following new additions to the Philadelphia restaurant scene — all operated by beloved local restaurant industry veterans.
Fuel up for holiday shopping at one of these new neighborhood spots.
1. Tredici Enoteca
The folks behind the pizza and wine at Zavino have opened up a third restaurant — an airy, comfortable spot across the street from the first Zavino location on 13th Street. Chef Carlos Aparicio’s menu draws inspiration from Italy and elsewhere, and is made up of plates that can build a shareable meal or a coursed dinner — think crab-stuffed peppers, cumin carrots, spinach gnocchi — all intended to be enjoyed with a selection from the bar, which includes more than 230 wines by the glass.
When: Open daily, 4-10 p.m.
Where: 114 S. 13th Street
2. Craftsman Row Saloon
With a name that celebrates the skill of its Jewelers’ Row neighborhood, Craftsman Row Saloon has replaced long-standing 8th Street bar, Coco’s. Owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, also behind Midtown Village’s Opa and the Drury Beer Garden, have worked to keep the bar’s character in place, while sprucing up the details a bit. Chef Rich Freedman’s menu honors that goal with more modern offerings like fried cauliflower and kale salad, but a menu foundation of straight-up bar food favorites: a French dip, a reuben, wings and bratwurst with kraut and mustard.
When: Open daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 112 S. 8th Street
3. 26 North
Philadephia’s Chef Mike Stollenwerk is back. The former chef-owner of successful seafood houses around town has made his official return to the kitchen following a six-month hiatus. He’s starting fresh with 26 North, a BYOB in a long, narrow space with warm brick walls in Old City, just north of Market Street. On the menu? You guessed it. Seafood, expertly prepared: sepia a la plancha with lemon and parsley; Blue Bay mussels with Panang curry; and skate wing with truffled speatzle, melted leeks and parmesan broth.
When: Closed Sunday
Where: 26 N. 3rd Street
Pizza and beer are a match made in Clarkville, and the fine team behind Local 44, Strangelove’s, Coeur and Memphis Taproom definitely know about beer. Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft just opened up this cozy neighborhood pizza joint right across from Clark Park to fuel West Philly’s masses. In addition to the pies — more than half of which can be made vegan — you can expect a few sandwiches and interesting small plates such as roasted eggplant and chestnut paté; or spicy grilled shrimp with pickled fennel and preserved lemon.
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 4301 Baltimore Avenue
A new addition to Point Breeze by Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taproom, Bufad and Kensington Quarters restauranteur Michael Pasquarello, Buckminster’s has its sights suppling the neighborhood with a solid new bistro, but don’t assume that means only steak frites. Chef Rob Marzinsky’s menu is bistro nouveau — contemporary, exciting and grounded first in flavor, not flashy plating. Dishes range from $2 to $21 and currently include braised carrots with red wine, beef and wheatberries; butterball potato pierogi; and charred squid with fennel, apple, mint and espelette pepper.
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-close
Where: 1200 S. 21st Street
6. The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe
Jessica Nolen, Pastry Chef behind the sweets at Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone Tavern, has opened a sweet corner spot of her very own. In addition to treats like maple custard pie and caramel pretzel bread pudding, The Little Bird also offers breads, savory baked goods and a menu of simple, appealing sandwiches and salads to round out a complete meal.
When: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Where: 517 South 5th Street