Trend Alert: Must-Try Polenta Dishes Around Philly

By Danya Henninger
April 7, 2014
By Danya Henninger  |  April 7, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Polenta specials seems like they’re all over Philly right now. Street Food Philly recently offered creamy polenta with a Lancaster dry-aged meatball, and Brad Spence and David Ansill are doing lamb and sheep's milk ricotta meatballs over polenta for their April 24 collab dinner at Bar Ferdinand. Adam Erace of Green Aisle has been freaking out over the polenta from Culton Organics - not yet available to the general public - he says you need no butter, cream or cheese to make it creamy when cooking.

On Saturday we ended up in Brooklyn for brunch. At 606 R&D in Prospect Heights, the polenta was a perfect consistency, and the poach on the eggs was also spot on, so that the two soft-textured items were distinct in each bite.

You don’t have to go 90 miles north for the cheery-comfort of a polenta morning. Alla Spina serves eggs and boneless pork ribs over polenta ($15) while Amis goes sweet with a pecan-raisin polenta pancake ($10). At Mica in Chestnut Hill, the beef short ribs and polenta make up a “steak and eggs” dish, and Fork offers Castle Valley Mills polenta as a brunch side for $5.

Dinner brings even more cornmeal bounty, like the bowl dressed with pickled mushrooms and balsamic vinegar at In Riva in East Falls ($11). Braised short ribs at Garces Trading Company come with mascarpone polenta ($24) and Marcie Turney has her beef-veal-pork meatballs over the corn porridge on the nightly menu at Little Nonna’s for $11.

Have you swirled your fork through any great polenta lately?

Places Mentioned

In Riva

Pizza • East Falls

Food23 Decor20 Service23 Cost$26

American • Chestnut Hill

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$80

Italian • Washington Square West

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$53
Alla Spina

Italian • Spring Garden

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$39
Garces Trading Company

American • Washington Square West

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$43

American • Old City

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$63
Little Nonna's

Italian • Washington Square West

Food23 Decor21 Service21 Cost$43
Bar Ferdinand

Spanish • Northern Liberties

Food24 Decor23 Service22 Cost$47
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