Zahav

In this year's SAVEUR 100, we take stock of our favorite things: recipes, people, places. We consider every last one a new classic.

Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
A tangle of fried mushrooms provides textural contrast and a savory boost to this silky hummus.Todd Coleman

One of the most seductive restaurants I know, pulsating with the energy of contemporary Israel's vibrant dining culture, is tucked away in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood. Zahav is utterly transporting, with filigreed lanterns illuminating tawny sandstone walls, and a bustling open kitchen. Chef-owner Michael Solomonov, who was born outside of Tel Aviv, serves lusty, full-flavored dishes reflecting Israel's polyglot cuisine. Hunks of foie gras laced on a skewer, Hungarian-style, are grilled until melting; warming oxtail soup, seasoned to the hilt with turmeric, cumin, and black pepper, is a Yemenite classic. And I love what Solomonov does with hummus (pictured). Luxurious with tahini and olive oil, it seems all the more velvety in contrast with the tangle of crisp hen of the woods mushrooms on top.

Zahav Restaurant
237 Saint James Place
215/625-8800