Sleek and modern, a.Kitchen is where you’ll find Mariel Wega, one of Wine & Spirits’ Best New Sommeliers of 2016. Her selection of 250-plus wines, including an array of large-format bottles and splits, feels as though it belongs to a much larger restaurant than this 45-seat bistro. Wega offers the rare combination of eclectic, globally comprehensive and well-priced—most bottles come in at under $100—all in the service of the delicately constructed plates with ingredients fresh off the restaurant’s hardwood charcoal grill: smoked beets with bulgur and almond cheese, for instance, or grilled octopus with spiced pistachios, coriander yogurt and agrodolce. Between a.Kitchen and a.Bar next door, with its seasonally rotating menu of classic cocktails and creative originals, you’ll never thirst at the corner of 18th and Chestnut.
135 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This story appears in the print issue of December 2016.
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