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28 E. 16th St. (Pennsylvania Ave.) Send to Phone
Comfort food with a twist draws the crowds to this neighborhood gem.

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Penn & Palate Restaurant Review

: Located in a corner storefront in a revitalized area, Penn & Palate offers cuisine that comforts the soul, sparks the appetite and pleases the eye. Paying tribute to its former neighbor, a well-respected art school, the place has pictures of local artists and writers decorating the pale walls that blend with tones of brown and gray to produce a most inviting atmosphere. The menu changes frequently, with such starters as roasted beet and butternut squash salad with grilled orange scallion vinaigrette, candied walnuts and sheep's milk cheese, or Four Alarm Chicken Chili with house-made whiskey smoked saltines. Marinated pork tenderloin gets added flavor from a Champagne fig cream sauce, while the heaping bouillabaisse combines confit scallops, prawns, mussels and ample fish pieces. The lowly BLT sandwich gets a makeover with fried green tomatoes and orange-rosemary roasted pork belly, and the vegetable sandwich has roasted butternut squash, red peppers and spinach nestled between slices of toasted locally baked bread. With an adequate wine list, locally crafted beers and a killer cup of coffee to accompany the peach and blueberry upside-down cake, bread pudding or the signature carrot cake, it’s no surprise this is a popular hangout that’s frequented by diners from around the city.


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