I can't believe that no one has written about this place. Or maybe they have, and I missed it.
But don't miss Vernick!
It's called Vernick Food and Drink and it's at 2031 Walnut Street. It opened in May.
There are two floors; the bar and a small room for dining are on the first floor. If you can't do steps, be sure to ask for the first floor.
The menu is mostly small plates, with just a few larger entrees.
The food was marvelous.
I had two small plates - the squash blossom and white anchovy toast, which was incredible, and the grilled romaine with figs and cheese, which I also loved. I had help from reading the reviews on Open Table and Yelp. We were a group of four, and every appetizer was a hit.
The group of appetizers that are called "toasts" are much better than your average bruschetta. The chef evidently changes the bread he uses - ours was sourdough bread - and it is grilled and perhaps buttered. Every topping sounded amazing.
Our friend who has been here a few times before said that the Dorade was fabulous, and that four people had shared it - kind of like another small plate. My husband had the Amish chicken, which he proclaimed among the best chicken dishes he has had at a restaurant.
We also got the beet appetizer for the table.
Dessert was a difficult choice, because our friend raved about the olive oil cake. My husband and I shared the blueberry pie - oooh la la! I need to have it again.
We need to go back and go down through the menu.
Service was not great. Our beautiful waitress was fine, but dishes were cleared away while some people were still eating and there were waits. Of course, this was a Saturday night.
But that's okay. Highly recommended!