Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Chef Mackenzie Hilton returns to Wash West

She's chef at The Tavern, on Camac Street.

Chef Mackenzie Hilton returns to Wash West

Mackenzie Hilton is chef at The Tavern in Washington Square West.
Mackenzie Hilton is chef at The Tavern in Washington Square West. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com

Mackenzie Hilton racked up a bunch of praise at Washington Square West's Mercato, including a win on the Food Network's Chopped, before she left for San Francisco.

A year and a half later, she's back in the neighborhood at The Tavern, the newly retailored subterranean space at 243 S. Camac St. (215-545-1102) below Tavern on Camac. It used to be Terra before owner Steve Carlino and director of operations Randal Mrazik got to work on it.

The Tavern is being focused on a late-night spot, given that it opens at 6 p.m. and keeps its kitchen open till 3 a.m. every night except Tuesday. Expect many industry people and entertainers in the seats.

Among Hilton's dishes: Pork Belly Sliders with kimchi, scallion aioli and cilantro on a Hawaiian slider bun; Fried Monkfish “Po’ Boy” with spicy pickle remoulade and slaw on brioche; Tuna Tartare with capers, white anchovies, red onion, chives, Dijon and arugula; Shaved Fennel & Apple Salad with parsley, dried cranberries, lemon juice and olive oil; Grilled Asparagus with Lamb Chopper cheese, poached egg, black pepper and grilled bread; Tavern Burger, Meyer natural beef, butter lettuce, tomato and pickled onions on ciabatta, also available with Cotswold cheddar cheese; Mushroom, Edamame and Black Bean Burger with white miso, caramelized onions, oven-dried tomato and spicy sesame-soy pickles, served open-faced on brioche; and Kale Chips and Garlic Fries.

All sandwiches and burgers are available as a slider ($4 to $7) or as a full-sized meal ($10 to $14).

Michael Klein Philly.com
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