Michael Solomonov, Chef, Marigold Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA

—Michael Sanson

Marigold Tea Room had been a fixture in Philadelphia for 70 years before Jonathan Makar and Steve Cook took over the quaint Victorian rowhouse restaurant two years ago. Quaint quickly gave way to contemporary and its blue-plate special menu was shelved in favor of a modern-American menu with a Mediterranean accent.

A restaurant that was on

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