Rooster Soup Company
Having built an empire of highly successful eateries, first here in Philly and then beyond, Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook of CookNSolo Restaurants, looked for a way to give back.
They found it in Rooster Soup Company, located in a diminutive diner space in Center City.
Vinyl bar stools and Formica tables, tiled flooring and Art Deco lighting fixtures hearken back to an era when dining out didn’t need to be fancy.
Open for lunch and early dinner (until 8 p.m.), the charmingly low-key lower level enclave serves a trim menu of familiar, home-style dishes, donating 100 percent of its profits to the Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative, which feeds and provides important services to vulnerable people in Philadelphia.
Diners can enjoy meatball sandwiches and whiskey sours with the added benefit of knowing that they’re helping others.
Unlike other CookNSolo Restaurants, Rooster Soup focuses on elemental comfort foods that need no explanation, like turkey chili or roasted tomato soup, Caesar and Greek salads made with excellent, fresh ingredients and sandwiches stuffed with fried trout or roasted beets.
Diners can enjoy delicious food with the added benefit of knowing that they’re helping others.
Of course, Solomonov’s Israeli and Jewish culinary influences come into play in the form of chicken schnitzel with herbed tahini, Yeminite chicken pot pie and smoked matzo ball soup, but dishes like a Southern ham biscuit with pimento cheese show his flair with gentile eats as well. Desserts stick with the diner motif, including cloudlike banana cream pie and creamy vanilla malted milkshakes.
Meanwhile, the beverage list includes four draft beers, just two wines by the glass and a tailored list of fun cocktails like dill lemonade with Tito’s vodka and a beet-infused Negroni. Happy hour brings a great deal with $6 cocktails and wine, $3 beers and $5 burgers.
Rooster Soup focuses on elemental comfort foods.
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
In an era when most of Center City’s diners have folded, this quick service eatery provides a welcome option for wholesome (and despite the paper napkins, chef-designed) meals.
Though it can get crowded on weekdays, brisk service keeps things moving. (And if the line for a table is simply too long, the kitchen offers takeout and delivery.)
The biggest motivator here, of course, is the opportunity to give back to the community, and Rooster Soup Co. makes it exceedingly easy with its warm, retro atmosphere and unfussy food, fulfilling its stated mission of #EatWellDoRight.
Rooster Soup Co. makes giving back to the community extremely easy.
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
The Philly-born CookNSolo Restaurants family — led by co-founders Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook — is made up of six concepts, some of which can be found in multiple East Coast cities. Keep it in the family by checking out the group’s other fantastic restaurants, including:
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