Summer may be ancient history at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean Philadelphia chefs have closed the curtains on first-rate salads. Leafy greens and veggies are always in season, and Philly restaurants have turned up the heat on some savory fall salads. From mom-and-pop cafes to trendy bistros, Philadelphia chefs know how to turn fresh produce into hearty, heavenly appetizers and main entrees. Check out these top fall salads currently on the menu at these exciting city eateries.
276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
This BYOB open-air, open-kitchen restaurant is quite an experience. Not only do diners have the chance to get up close and personal with the chefs, but the restaurant’s windows stay wide open through early autumn. Bowls of Granny Smith apples on the tables and apple-motif walls impart a harvest-time atmosphere that gets those taste buds salivating for a savory fall salad – and Audrey Claire delivers. You just have to try the roasted pumpkin and parsnip salad topped with fresh mint, golden raisins and shaved locatelli.
426 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
West Coast diners may think they have the market on authentic Mexican cuisine, but they haven’t been to Las Cazuelas in Philly. The family-owned restaurant uses time-honored recipes from their hometown of Puebla. Decorated in burnt oranges and autumn yellows, Las Cazuelas is the perfect place to enjoy a fall salad for dinner. Hold on to your sombreros for the Ensalada Rivera Maya. This taste sensation features mixed greens, mango and orange slices, fresh jicama and roasted pumpkin seeds with a chile piquin vinaigrette dressing.
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1713 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
With a name like Pumpkin, you know this restaurant has to have a harvest-inspired leafy dish. Its orange-accented exterior also does justice to the autumn fare that comes out of its kitchen. At $13, this appetizer is a bit pricey, but once your tongue gets a taste of the Lancaster Lettuces, your belly won’t be thinking about your budget. The marriage of locally grown lettuces, coddled egg and sweet potato served with a bacon vinaigrette is out of this world.
White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Okay, White Dog Cafe may just serve the king of all fall salads. The harvest whisperer chefs at the cafe have come up with a fall brunch menu that features a kale and apple salad to die for. In addition to the fresh raw kale and crisp apples, it’s served with roasted butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled shallots and cider vinaigrette.
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