Women Led Restaurants and Kitchens to Check Out in Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s thriving food scene fuels Philadelphians to succeed. Each day, dedicated women wake up and exert their incredible talent, skills, and determination to create the most innovative and flavorful dishes and top-quality dining experiences that exceed the kitchen. These entrepreneurs, chefs, and pastry masters represent some of the most award winning and sought-after food in the region. In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to highlight some of the best women-led restaurants that Philly has to offer.
Jennifer Carroll, Spice Finch
220 S. 17th Street
As partner and co-executive chef at Spice and Finch in the Warwick Hotel, this Philly native and Top Chef Star explores her talents by crafting some of the tastiest Mediterranean fare in the City.
Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery
1437 E. Passyunk Avenue
If you’re craving chocolate halva babka or black and white cookies, South African-raised Tova du Plessis has got you covered. Essen Bakery frequently sells out of her Jewish bakery favorites, so be sure to get there before it’s too late!
Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa & Casa Mexico
1140 S. 9th Street
Representing an outstanding chef and equally outspoken activist, Cristina Martinez is one of the most prominent figures in Philadelphia’s food scene serving award-winning tacos and a full menu of dishes.
Nicole Marquis, HipCityVeg, Bar Bompon, and Charlie Was a Sinner
Various Locations, Including HipCityVeg at 127 S. 18th Street
Female entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of vegan mini-chain HipCityVeg, Nicole Marquis is the definition of a ‘girl boss.’ Marquis oversees numerous locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, and even Washington D.C.
Ana Caballero, Proyecto Tamal
As former chef at Lost Bread Co. this Honduras native makes tamales for those in need. Hungry patrons may pick up tamales from multiple locations throughout the city (including Lost Bread Co.).
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