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By January 31, 2013

After watching chef/owner Michael Solomonov bro-down with Travel Channel starAnthony Bourdain I knew I had to get to Zahav. In the episode Solomov serves as Bourdain's unofficial Philadelphia Tour Guide, taking him to after-hours dive bar, The Pen and Pencil for "car bombs", to Pho 75 for noodle soup and to his own Zahav for mouth watering, slow roasted Lamb Shoulder and other Israeli inspired dishes. Solomonov, the chef and owner of Zahav, and the chicken and donut joint Federal Donuts, was born in Israel. Though he spent years cooking Italian fare with Mark Vetri, his true passion was always Middle Eastern food. Read the full guide review here.


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