Boot & Saddle
Boot & Saddle | When this South Broad classic was brought back to life in September, there was one thing missing: dinner. Luckily, it only took a couple of weeks to iron out that final detail, and it was worth the wait. The new menu — designed by George Sabatino and being carried out by exec Chris Davis (Barbuzzo, Popolino) — is succinct, inventive and affordable. It’s also heavy on vegetarian choices, like a grilled cheese with shiitake “bacon.” For those who prefer a little flesh with their pints, braised beef cheek and pomegranate seeds adorn smashed celery root, and a turkey burger gets a welcome assist from smoked duck fat. Open daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m., 1131 S. Broad St., 267-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com.
High Street on Market | Less than a month after the closing of Fork Etc., Fork’s new casual little-sister spot was ready to go — and the space and food are looking better than ever. Currently offering breakfast and lunch, the menu (which is expected to change frequently) showcases three formidable talents: Executive chef Eli Kulp, head baker Alex Bois and pastry chef Sam Kincaid. Pastrami (on deeply caramelized dark rye at lunch, piled with hash and a fried egg at breakfast) and beet-cured salmon with celery cream cheese on a pretzel roll are a few highlights. Eat there or take your food to go, though we prefer the hybrid option: a proper meal in the welcoming dining room, and a loaf of bread to take home and a pastry to begin snacking on as soon as you hit the sidewalk. Open Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; 308 Market St., 215-625-0988, highstreetonmarket.com.
Ocean Prime | From prolific Midwestern restaurateur Cameron Mitchell comes a “modern American supper club” that feels positively pre-2008 in scope and opulence. Though the place is huge in every sense (from square footage to menu reach to towering plateaus of shellfish kitted out with dry ice for dramatic effect), the warm and knowledgeable service aims to keep it feeling cozy. Open Mon.-Thu., 4-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4-11 p.m.; Sun., 4-9 p.m.; 124 S. 15th St., 215-563-0163, oceanprimephilly.com.
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