Food has the ability to be different things to us at different times. Sometimes we want a cozy and unchallenging meatloaf, sometimes we want the blazing fire of a spicy kimchi jjigae, and sometimes we want food as art. In the case of these restaurants, this is where you go when you want your taste buds delighted and perceptions challenged. I chose three restaurants with an emphasis on molecular gastronomy that are off the well-trod- den pathways of New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, but are just as exciting. Marigold Kitchen 501 S. 45th St. Philadelphia, PA In West Philadelphia, born and raised Marigold Kitchen is the place I want to spend most of my days. It isn’t the place to expect the expected. It is a place to be delighted. You won’t be handed a menu when you are seated, so come ready to commit to the experience. Playful dishes like the spilled beans and deconstruct- ed breakfast will make you smile. While breathtakingly gorgeous ones like the mushroom terrine will capture your at- tention in a new way. Merguez Wontons Duck Fat Carrots Beignets © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.