Talula’s Table in Kennett Square, 35 miles outside of Philadelphia, is one of the country’s toughest reservations: The single table is often booked a full year in advance. But it’s just become easier to try Talula’s food. Owner Aimee Olexy partnered with über restaurateur Stephen Starr to open Washington Square’s Talula’s Garden in early 2011. The farmhouse ethos extends from the decor (herb planters everywhere) to the dishes, like a roasted Lancaster chicken with buckwheat crêpes and cider sauce.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.