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Great Restaurants in Philadelphia

Great Restaurants in Philadelphia: Dandelion

Jason Varney

Dandelion

Closely following the original floor plans of two adjoining 1890’s town houses, Stephen Starr made his gastropub, the Dandelion, a nesting doll of design, its impeccably outfitted rooms incorporating smaller spaces known in traditional pub parlance as “snugs.” For its Brit chef Robert Aikens (twin brother of Tom, whose namesake London restaurant has a Michelin star), pub fare is more than a fad. The proof is in his fish-and-chips, which achieves the pinnacle of moistness and flavor when its crust puffs up to totally encase the cod, letting the internal steam work its magic.

124 S. 18th St.; thedandelionpub.com.

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