Great Restaurants in Philadelphia
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Repurposing materials and rethinking spaces is a common thread here, whether the makeover is DIY or a high-toned production. Kennett is an eco-aware revamp of a circa-1924 café, with reclaimed wainscoting, soy-based paint, upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles, and a pizza oven built with bricks found on the old property. In a town known for great neighborhood hangouts, it stands out for a tight craft beer list, imaginative cocktails, and chef Brian Ricci’s innovative country cooking using local sources. He marinates free-range Lancaster County chicken thighs in ginger and Indian-spiced yogurt, roasts them over glowing wood coals until they’re dark and luscious, and tops them with a peppery heirloom watercress salad.
848 S. Second St.; kennettrestaurant.com.