1521 Spruce St.
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Validated lot parking costs $8 at Town Garage, on Latimer Street between 15th and 16th Streets. Handicap access:
Wheelchair accessible through the Latimer Street entrance (call ahead).
Cuisine type: American
Brunch - Sat., Sun.
Dinner - Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Whole animals and seasonal inspirations go into Andrew and Kristin Wood’s kitchen, and superb pastas, house-cured charcuterie, and fine pastries emerge into the spare but elegant dining room at Russet, the city’s latest husband-wife BYO with a serious farm-to-table bent. The couple have the right pedigree (Quince, Tru, Trio, Radius, James, Fork) and earnest ingredient-first approach for great Italian-inflected dining, but some flawed details in the entrees are holding this fledgling bistro back from its true promise
House-cured lonza with pickled ramps; toasted garlic sformato; cuttlefish ink orecchiette with scallops; stinging nettle tagliolini; pici with spicy pork ragu; strawberry tortellini; corn pasta with braised duck and fraises de bois; halibut in cartoccio; duck with rhubarb mostarda; leg of lamb; heritage chicken with baby turnips; rhubarb brown butter tart; Art of Darkness ice cream; strawberry mille-feuille with black pepper crème fraîche. Dinner entrees, $18 to $32
BYOB. Bring a crisp, minerally white (Chablis; verdicchio) or a medium-weight red, ideally a pinot noir, Barbera d’Alba, or Right Bank Bordeaux, as the menu leans toward lighter meats.
The tall ceilings and spare room, with little cushion, easily bounces into the low-90s decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.