For me the best of the rest is Amada—José Garces’ fabulous take on Spanish food. Close your eyes, point your finger at the menu, and plan to be blown away. He could vary the menu a bit, but why mess with success? The problem with Amada is you can’t get in until a year from tomorrow at 10:30. So, if you can’t secure a reservation, head out to West Philly to Garces’ Mexican outpost, Distrito. It’s fun and low key, and the food is excellent. Don’t miss the mushroom flatbread and the tongue tacos. Speaking of rarely served animal parts, don’t miss the smoked duck hearts at Zahav—the outstanding spot specializing in small plates of Israeli cuisine. You’ll never look at ducklings in quite the same way after chewing those fabulously smoky hearts. Try the hummus (yes, hummus!), and rediscover how good that chickpea concoction can be.