Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphians looking to take part in the trend, which embodies sun-soaked, easy-living, afternoon-trips-to-the-farmers-market coastal Mediterranean vibes, and of course, food and drink where tomatoes are the star, need look no further: Locals can bask in the abundance of colorful, ripe, locally grown tomatoes in a variety of fare (and more) at Art in the Age, At The Table, CO-OP Restaurant & Bar, Red Owl Tavern, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Stella of New Hope, The Hayes, and Urban Farmer.
1. Red Owl Tavern
The modern American Tavern at Independence Mall offers a brunch that captures the essence of summer with its Heirloom Tomato Toast. This simple but tasty way to begin a weekend adventure consists of heirloom tomatoes, whipped basil, ricotta, and olive oil on toast. It goes well with coffee or mimosa. 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
2. The Hayes
Gazpacho is a seasonal treat from Chef Townsend Wentz at the new gastropub and contemporary American tavern in Midtown Village. This chilled summer soup has tomatoes, blue crabs, red peppers, and salsa verde. This soup is a great way to cool down from the high temperatures without going to the beach. The Hayes hardwood bar and mood-lit tables are perfect places to enjoy the Gazpacho with a craft cocktail. 1123 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
3. Art in the Age
Philadelphia's only bar, tasting room, bottle store, and home bar supplies is the best place to enjoy Tomato Girl Summer. Trend-setters can sip on a light and bright Picnic Martini made with gin and house-made tomato vermouth. It also contains peach syrup and tonic syrup. Lemon juice, olive oil, saline, and olive oils. The drink is garnished with freshly cut grape tomato, flaky salt, and peach syrup. 116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
4. Stella of New Hope
Bucks County's modern American Restaurant overlooking the Delaware River offers seasonal summer dishes, including local tomatoes. These include Local Heirloom Tomato Salad, consisting of marinated heirloom tomato pearls, local corn, and kalamata puree with toasted pinenuts; Roasted Tomato Soup, with saffron and aji amarillo and creme fraiche; and Bacon Lettuce. 50 S Main St., New Hope, PA 18938.
5. Urban Farmer
Logan Square's rustic-chic modern American steakhouse, Logan Square's Urban Farmer, has partnered with Lancaster Farm Fresh, a not-for-profit organic farmer's co-op in Lancaster County, for a summerlong partnership featuring a CSA pick-up at Urban Farmer. The collaboration will also feature food and drink specials highlighting the seasonal ingredients and products from the CSA, recipe cards, extended happy hours, and much more. The CSA pick-ups, specials on food and drinks, and an extended happy hour will be available every Thursday in the summer and fall until the end of October. The upcoming CSA box will feature tomatoes as the main ingredient. Jacob Altemus, Urban Farmer's Sous Chef, uses them to inspire his August specials. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
6. At The Table BYOB
Wayne's award-winning BYOB fine-dining restaurant celebrates summer's fruits on its seasonal a-la-carte menu. The Tomato Salad combines burrata, heirloom tomato, beets, and mint-basil 'caviar' with a garnish of pearls of Banyuls wine vinegar. 11 Louella Ct, Wayne, PA 19087
7. CO-OP Restaurant & Bar
The open-air restaurant at the intersection of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania celebrates regional cuisine and heritage through local, seasonal ingredients. Chef Kyle Berman celebrated his favorite seasonal produce this summer by creating the Taste of Summer Series. The series celebrates three warm-weather staples, including corn (June), tomatoes (August), and blueberries (July). 20 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia.
8. Seaview Hotel & Golf Club
South Jersey's iconic turn-of-the-century seaside resort offers the perfect place to enjoy some of Garden State's best summer produce. Rodolfo Correa, Executive Chef, highlights Jersey tomatoes with Caprese salad, fresh Mozzarella, and cracked black pepper with extra virgin olive and balsamic vinegar reduction, served at lunch and dinner. Turkey BLAT is available for lunch with roasted turkey, applewood bacon, and lettuce on sourdough. 401 S New York Rd., Galloway.
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