Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov


About Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov is the executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s pioneering Israeli restaurant, Zahav, and the co-author of three cookbooks. He is the 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic”, a 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook’s first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 James Beard Award's “Outstanding Chef.” In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of "The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years". In May of 2019, Zahav was awarded "Outstanding Restaurant" by the James Beard Award Foundation. In addition to his duties at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia's Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, and Goldie. In July 2019, Solomonov will bring another slice of Israeli food culture to Philadelphia with K'Far, his and Cook's forthcoming Israeli bakery & café. By the end of 2019, the pair will also open Merkaz, an Israeli sandwich shop – and Laser Wolf, an Israeli mixed grill restaurant – both in Philadelphia. Since 2017, Solomonov and the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) are partners in championing Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.


  • Outstanding Chef (2017)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best International Cookbook (2016)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Four Bells: Superior
    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
    James Beard Foundation
  • 10 Best New Restaurants
    Esquire magazine
  • 101 Best Restaurants in America
    The Daily Meal
  • 1st Place, Top 50 Restaurants
    Philadelphia magazine

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

$$$, Happy Hour, Full Bar, Israeli, Center City East
"This is my favorite restaurant and the mesibah is the best way to dine with a group of friends. You get all of the hits including hummus and salatims. Then to top it off, you get to finish with the roasted lamb shoulder."
$$$, Happy Hour, Full Bar, Israeli, Center City East
"This appetizer is an assortment of vegetables and salads. There are so many great things here, like pickled cucumbers, tabouleh, a beet salad, and more. This is a great example of what you can do with summer vegetables."
Fried chicken
$$, Breakfast, Donuts, Fried Chicken, Center City
"The chili-garlic glaze is my favorite style of fried chicken at Mike Solomonov's Pennsport donut hut, but the buttermilk ranch seasoning is a close second."