Iron Chef Jose Garces heads up JG Domestic, an inviting restaurant in central Philadelphia dedicated to Americana. Designed by Brooklyn-based crème, the restaurant features reclaimed materials, vintage collectibles and a living wall of herbs and live trees that green the modern space and make it feel cozier. Food is sourced from around the region and a chalkboard map above the kitchen shows where it comes from.
JG Domestic is one of Chef Jose Garces’ eight restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago. Located in an atrium in the Cira Center next to the 30th street train station, the restaurant provides a warm and inviting contrast to the modern palette of materials. Reclaimed wood defines the restaurant’s boundaries while a living wall of herbs, plants, and greenery create a vibrant and welcoming space. A communal table in the center features three trees shooting up through holes, creating the feeling of an outdoor picnic area rather than an indoor environment.
Food is all sourced regionally from Michigan, Pennsylvania and the New York. A driving map of the sources is shown on a blackboard above the kitchen. Wood shelves around the perimeter are adorned with salvaged Americana and reflect the qualities of the food served: authentic, simple and wholesome. A “Chef’s Nook” dining room has seating for up to 12 guests and offers intimate views into the kitchen to watch the chefs work.
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