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Chris Painter's Il Pittore sports a great Salt Cod dish
Chris Painter's Il Pittore sports a great Salt Cod dish
Photo: Eater Philly

The 9 Philly Salt Cod Dishes to Eat Before You Die

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Chris Painter's Il Pittore sports a great Salt Cod dish
| Photo: Eater Philly

Salt cod--heavily salted and then dried for preservation--is suddenly the unlikely star for a bevy of buzz-worthy restaurant dishes. Chefs love it for the intense, briny bite it brings to anything else on the plate. Also known as baccala, the stuff is often used in classic preparations, including French brandade--which, at its simplest, is re-hydrated salt cod whipped with olive oil and potatoes. Sometimes chefs take the familiar approach, serving it in ways consistent with traditional French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese cooking. But more and more, the creative impulse intervenes and the ancient ingredient anchors an utterly modern dish. Here are some of our current favorites:

— Joy Manning

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Merluzo Affumicato at Il Pittore

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2025 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. Fish Brandade at Fish

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

3. Hushpuppies at The Corner

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102 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Frituras de Bacalo at Cuba Libre

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10 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Baccala Chowder at Alla Spina

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1410 Mt Vernon St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Revuelto de Bacalao at Tinto

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114 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Salt Cod Croquettes at Talula's Table

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102 W State St
Kennett Square, PA 19348

8. Salt Cod at Koo Zee Doo

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614 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

9. Icelandic Cod Fritters at Square 1682

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121 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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1. Merluzo Affumicato at Il Pittore

2025 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
2025 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. Fish Brandade at Fish

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

3. Hushpuppies at The Corner

102 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
102 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Frituras de Bacalo at Cuba Libre

10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
10 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Baccala Chowder at Alla Spina

1410 Mt Vernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
1410 Mt Vernon St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Revuelto de Bacalao at Tinto

114 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
114 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Salt Cod Croquettes at Talula's Table

102 W State St, Kennett Square, PA 19348
102 W State St
Kennett Square, PA 19348

8. Salt Cod at Koo Zee Doo

614 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
614 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

9. Icelandic Cod Fritters at Square 1682

121 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
121 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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