Aksum owner opens a New American-inspired restaurant on Baltimore Ave

February 2, 2017

Aksum is among the finer dining options on Baltimore Ave, it’s actually one of my favorites to take out-of-towners to when they come to visit. Owner Saba Tedla has held her restaurant to a high standard, plans to continue with her new restaurant, Booker’s Restaurant and Bar. The new 2,400-square-foot space opened last month just a few blocks away – on the 5000 block of Baltimore.

Don’t expect the same menu as Aksum. Booker’s will offer a more expanded and New American-inspired menu thanks to chef Michael Thomas, who worked previously at Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties, Lolita in the Gayborhood, Kraftwork in Fishtown, and Honey’s Sit-and-Eat on South Street among other spots.

Booker’s menu will offer small items such as fried smelt and local mushrooms, large items such as the vegan terrine and pan-seared trout as well as dessert items such as dolce de leche breaded croquettes. This restaurant will also have a bar with a focus on bourbon mixed cocktails and will also feature a wine selection. There are no plans of offering a wide selection of beer options. Tedla describes the menu as “Old classic dishes that are converted to a modern American style.” 

However, Tedla also confirmed that she has approached Dock Street Brewery about installing a tap dedicated to a special collaboration between the brewery and the restaurant; the type of beer is yet to be determined.

Booker’s is located at 5021 Baltimore Ave. and is open Sunday through Thursday from 5-11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight.

For more information, visit the Booker’s website or Facebook page.

Rana Fayez (Photos courtesy of Booker’s)

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Mary Says:

    Why don’t they include prices on their website? That’s one of the most informative things that can be on a restaurant website, especially considering this restaurant’s location in west philly, where people aren’t exactly rolling in money.

  2. Strongforu Says:

    Sounds nice. However, I’ve been hoping for an upscale southern cuisine/soul food restaurant on Baltimore Ave.

  3. Milan Says:

    Hey All,

    I was lucky enough to attend a sneak preview meal and I can’t say enough good things about the food, the staff and the restaurant. Get there as soon as you can, you won’t be disappointed. The prices were modest, the food was delicious!

  4. Aaron Says:

    This is what happens when you extract a lot of surplus value from your workers. You open another restaurant!

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