2020 Best New Restaurants // No. 6 Winslow's Table
When Tara and Michael Gallina took over cherished University City brunch mecca Winslow’s Home last November, relaunching it as Winslow’s Table, they infused the beloved spot’s old vibes with the vegetable-forward, farm-to-table style they’ve found so successful at their first restaurant, Vicia. “Winslow’s Home was a place, for Michael and me, that we always loved coming to,” Tara Gallina said of their decision to take over the restaurant. “We felt an instant connection with their ethos and with Winslow’s Farm.”
With Vicia veteran (and 2018 Sauce Magazine One to Watch) Alec Schingel in charge of the kitchen, the team strove to keep the breakfast and lunch offerings familiar, but with a few “Vicia-esque touches,” including a more elevated dinner menu. “We wanted to be different, but not too different for the folks who had loved coming there for a long time,” Gallina explained.
We could go on for paragraphs about why the pillowy oyster and shiitake mushroom pizza is one of the best white pies we’ve ever had, how the creamy-savory grain salad with herb pesto finds real voltage between its bitter herbs and roasted root vegetable flavors, or why the marinated radish and turnip tartine with whipped mushroom ricotta on fresh bread nearly made us emotional. But what’s ultimately so impressive about Winslow’s Table is how it succeeds in honoring the Winslow’s Home tradition and culture while bringing just the right number of fresh ideas into the mix. Between its dynamic menu, awesome produce and prepared foods market, and fantastic pastry program, this concept is a slam dunk by any standard.