Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of inventive American fare at Marigold Kitchen, nestled among historic Victorian houses in University City.
Executive chef Robert Halpern oversees Marigold’s menu, which bends minds and tempts taste buds with creative preparations of American classics. Menu items change regularly based on the availability of seasonal ingredients; recent offerings include an appetizer of tomatoes “in various forms and textures” ($11) and dippable and delectable corn fritters ($12). A Painted Hills rib eye comes partnered with a savory symphony of feijoada beans, braised kale, chimichurri, farofa, and a plantain chip ($31), and pork, beans & beer puts a new spin on the traditional repast of the UN’s bingo luncheons by combining pork tenderloin with white-bean puree, apple and butterscotch gels, and Guinness foam ($26). Ginger-crusted scallops ($29), monkfish Romesco ($27), and wild king salmon ($28) disprove the theory that saltwater taffy is the only seafood safe for human consumption.
Rather than foisting an overpriced wine list on its diners, Marigold Kitchen follows a BYOB policy that allows diners to bring their own bottles of wine, flasks of cola, and squirt guns of chocolate milk. Bright colors and white tablecloths give the restaurant’s interior a look of cheerful elegance, providing an apt setting for a romantic night out, a special celebration, or a meeting of your cat’s fan club. Reservations are recommended.
Not valid for Sunday brunch.
Many press outlets have featured Marigold Kitchen, including the Philadelphia Inquirer. The elegant eatery is Top Listed on Zagat for Best Buys: Prix Fixe Dinner. It is also a Diner's Choice Winner on OpenTable, where it receives a 4.4-star overall rating. Yelpers give it a four-star overall rating.
- Dinner was excellent. So much attention to detail--artistic presentations, great textural elements, and each bite bursting with flavor. – OpenTable user who dined on 9/4/2010
501 S 45th St.
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