Garces Trading Company
Philadelphia star chef Jose Garces is seemingly everywhere, running everything from a taco truck to an upscale Basque wine bar. His Garces Trading Co. has two components—a casual, 70-seat restaurant serving deep-dish pizzas with unexpected toppings like duck confit and lamb merguez, as well as a market with excellent cheeses, house-cured charcuterie and a house-brand of coffee (a partnership with a small-batch roaster in New Jersey). Also on the premises: a climate-controlled wine shop for purchasing bottles at retail prices to take home or drink steps away at dinner.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.