Vernick's philosophy is fresh

September 11, 2012 8:20:55 AM PDT
Every chef dreams of becoming a restaurant owner. Greg Vernick grew up in Cherry Hill and travelled the world exploring food and beverage traditions. Now married and back home in the Delaware Valley, he's opened his namesake Vernick Food & Drink at 2031 Walnut Street in Center City.

Everything reflects his philosophy that things should be as fresh, as local, and as flavorful as possible. He says he takes the fastest route to delicious.

In the kitchen some ingredients are so good and seasonal that they just need to be plated. Others take a great deal of preparation.

The trick, he says, is to know which is which, then to know the techniques involved. He says guests should never be aware of what the kitchen does to make food great.They should just enjoy and, hopefully, become regulars.

Vernick's thinking carries over to the bar, where things like raspberries, basil and cucumber are made into flavorings for house-made sodas and drinks, alcoholic or not. Even the d?cor confirms to his character.

The space is bright, simple and inviting. A large picture window facing Walnut Street lets passers-by see the good time inside without making patrons feel like they're in a fishbowl.

Vernick Food & Drink is open for dinner nightly except Monday at 5:00pm. The kitchen stays open until 11:00pm and the bar until 1:00am. The full menu is available at the bar all the hours the kitchen is open. There's also a second dining room upstairs.

Reservations are taken for parties up to four people. For parties of five or more, you're asked to phone the restaurant and make arrangements.

You may reach Vernick online or call 267-639-6644.


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