Marigold Kitchen, Philadelphia
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 222 3699
Concierge.com's insider take:
Philly's crowded field of BYOBs can be monotonous: Most of the genre's better examples are stuck in the Mediterranean, and one menu often blends into the next. Marigold Kitchen is an exception: When planning his season's menus, Israeli-born chef Michael Solomonov looks to the Middle East as often as to Italy and France. To the delight of twittering couples celebrating special occasions and jovial groups of regulars, he might fill cannelloni with tangy feta (instead of the more obvious ricotta) and pair it with a complex, verdant pea- and fava bean–sauce perked up by bits of preserved lemon. The richness of sweetbreads wrapped in crispy, salty chicken skin is set off by a silken, nutty tahini. The dining room, in a stately early 20th-century row house in University City with big bay windows, has been refreshed with lime-green walls and deep-blue tables, making the setting is as quirky and loveable as the menu.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 pm from September through mid-August.