The acclaimed Philadelphia chef’s first cookbook comes out next month and he’s planning a new soup shop that will benefit the city’s homeless community. We asked him to dish on his favorite eats in the city of brotherly love.

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Photo Credit: Steve Legato
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Not one to be pigeonholed, Mike Solomonov runs a mini-empire of awesome restaurants specializing in everything from hummus to fried chicken and donuts, though he is best known for Zahav. There, in a quiet Society Hill enclave, the Israeli-American chef turns out superb mezze fit for a family-style feast, though his other restaurants, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Percy Street Barbecue, and Federal Donuts, should be on every foodie’s radar too. In advance of his first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, set to come out on October 6, he shares his take on Philadelphia’s culinary scene in five meals.

Zahav, credit Jason Varney
Credit: Jason Varney


High Street on Market has a bread called Anadama. I get it fresh with butter and coffee. It’s the best breakfast in the city.


Stock is owned by Tyler Akin and Nicole Reigle Akin (two Zahav alums). Pho is my favorite thing to eat for lunch and they make some of the best. It's a small, beautiful restaurant in Fishtown and they serve classic no fuss, super flavorful pho.


Vernick Food & Drink is a classic dinner spot. The service is amazing, and Greg is one of the best chefs in Philly. Everything on toast is ridiculous, and he has a special way with fish.

Late Night:

Café Soho has the best Korean wings ever! I will drive there after work with my crew and we crush wings. Just thinking about it makes me hungry.


Talula’s Daily has a great setting and amazing food. They have killer breakfast sandwiches, which are really the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch.

Laura Itzkowitz is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @lauraitzkowitz.