The first of more than a dozen (and counting) restaurants in the growing empire of "Iron Chef" Jose Garces, Amada is nouveau Iberian rustic—all modernist lines and lots of black, with trancy chill music and an open kitchen but with dark-stained wood floors, chunky wood tabletops, and inevitable hanging hocks of Serrano ham dangling at one end of the bar. The menu offers Andalusian tapas and grilled lamb chops, platters of Spanish cheeses and meats, and signature sangrias spiked with brandy, topped with rosemary, and swimming with diced fruits. Also a good deal: the Catalán Express Lunches for $14.50, which gets you a soup (perhaps wintery spiced pumpkin with burrata cheese and pepitas) and salad or a sandwich (I like the pernil, stuffed with slow-roasted pork, spicy brocollini, provolone, and pickled guindilla peppers sided with thick fries).
217–219 Chestnut St. (between S. Strawberry and S. Bank streets
Our Rating Neighborhood Old City Hours Mon-Thurs 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 11:30am–2:30pm Transportation
Bus: 21, 42, 57Phone 215/625-2450 Prices
Map217–219 Chestnut St. Philadelphia
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