15 New Restaurants To Check Out In Philadelphia This Spring

New spots for falafel, grab-and-go snacks, burgers and more...

The arrival of spring itself is reason to celebrate, but a fresh list of restaurant openings provides the what and where.

Now is the time to try tehina shakes at Goldie and spam musubi (like maki) at Poi Dog near Rittenhouse Square and quirky beers at Evil Genius in Fishtown.

Whether it’s a dining destination in King of Prussia like Mistral or a burger joint in Manayunk like Napoleon Burger, great eating awaits.

Here are some recently launched venues to experience this season.

Goldie

GoldiePhoto by Michael Persico

This vegan falafel shop from prolific chef Michael Solomonov and restaurateur Steve Cook materialized unexpectedly atop another of their newbies, Rooster Soup Co. Seven days a week, the order-at-the-counter operation serves its signature chickpea sandwiches, fries and tehina shakes.

Goldie

Where:Goldie, 1526 Sansom Street

www.goldiefalafel.com

Evil Genius

Fishtown’s newest brewpub distinguishes itself with a “lab” bar that constantly tests new flavors and a '90s-style rec-room vibe. The kitchen keeps it fun and simple, serving Sloppy Joe sliders and dessert nachos. Warm weather brings about a 150-seat beer garden.

Evil Genius

Where:Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street

www.evilgeniusbeer.com

Fox & Son

Carnival fare gets its day in the gourmet sun at Reading Terminal’s corn-doggery. Sweet potato or classic corndogs can be mixed and matched with chimichurri sauce, poutine and peanut slaw.

Fox & Son

Where:Fox & Son Fancy Corndogs, 51 N. 12th Street

www.foxandsonphilly.com

Rival Bros.

The second location of Philly’s own roaster and coffee bar certainly competes with the first in terms of stylish look and delicious offerings. Taking up residence in the Touraine building, the swanky café serves espresso, High Street on Market breads and pastry and toasts with various toppings.

Rival Bros.

Where:Rival Bros Coffee Bar, 1528 Spruce Street

www.rivalbros.com

Verts Mediterranean Grill

The first area location of a chain specializing in Mediterranean cuisine emphasizes do-it-yourself eats. Diners start with pita, rice bowls or salads, and layer on proteins, veggies and sauce.

Verts Mediterranean Grill

Where:VERTS Mediterranean Grill, 1601 Market Street

www.eatverts.com

Café Jeet? and Kay Kay’s Cakes

Cannoli and croissants meet chicken cutlets and red sauce pastas at South Philly’s hybrid storefront.

Café Jeet? and Kay Kay’s Cakes

Where:Café Jeet? and Kay Kay’s Cakes , 1850 W. Ritner Street

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Chick’s

Pizza teams up with longtime pal beer for a Graduate Hospital-area gastropub with a modern sensibility. In addition to 24 taps, cocktails and wine, the menu includes comfort food classics such as burgers and chicken parm sandwiches.

Chick’s

Where:Chick's, 1807 Washington Avenue

www.chicksphilly.com

Otis & Pickles

Pickles make their way into multiple dishes at this Pennsport speakeasy, where cocktails like the tequila Manhattan with pickle spice accompany grilled corn, sliders and pickle-brined wings.

Otis & Pickles

Where:Otis & Pickles Speakeasy, 2500 S. 3rd Street

www.otisandpickles.com

Booker’s

Aksum owner Saba Tedla offers West Philadelphia an easygoing American restaurant. Small-plate crispy cheese curds and Cajun smelts can be ordered up with brick chicken, falafel waffles and a nice choice of craft beer.

Booker’s

Where:Booker's Restaurant & Bar, 5021 Baltimore Avenue

www.bookersrestaurantandbar.com

Napoleon Burger

Chef-owner Nick Farina plays musical restaurants as he moves his Union Taco to a bigger space with a liquor license in Manayunk. Taking the original Union Taco’s place will be Napoleon Burger, a classic burger joint.

Napoleon Burger

Where:Napoleon Burger, 4229 Main Street

SOMO

A restaurant designer jumps into operations with a mid-century-styled Manayunk spot featuring American classic eats — think roast chicken, burgers and crab salad, plus draft beers, cocktails and wines by the glass.

SOMO

Where:SOMO, 4311 Main Street

www.somomanayunk.com

Mistral

Inventive cooking with inspiring ingredients in a bright and airy atmosphere makes a welcome addition to the mall. The same team behind a praised Princeton location turns out salmon with onion soubise and beets and lamb belly with chickpea panisse and escarole.

Mistral

Where:Mistral, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

www.mistralkop.com

Suburban

2017_Hankin_Suburban_059-1280uwExton’s new beer garden has a strong preference for local craft brews and serves fun bites like pierogi and lobster mac and cheese. Meanwhile, the indoor Farmer’s Room offers a more upscale experience with dishes that include charred carrot salad and striped bass over woodland jewel mushrooms.

Suburban

Where:Suburban, 570 Wellington Square, Exton

www.suburbanbg.com

Southern Belle

As its name suggests, this accessible kitchen focuses on Southern cooking. The cash-only bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot serves hot chicken, hush puppies and the like.

Southern Belle

Where:Southern Belle, 700 West Avenue, Jenkintown

www.southernbellepa.com

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