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Laser Wolf In Philadelphia

Move over Brooklyn! Laser Wolf has roots in Philly’s Olde Kensington neighborhood. The Michael Solomanov restaurant has become destination dining for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Eating Dinner at Laser Wolf in Philadelphia
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Imagine Zahav simplified and you have Laser Wolf, Chef Michael Solomonov’s super popular restaurant in Olde Kensington. If you’re not familiar with the neighborhood, it’s right next to Fishtown on the other side of the “El” tracks that run on Front Street.

Solomonov originally gained fame for Zahav, for which he’s won numerous James Beard awards including Outstanding Chef, before opening restaurants including Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Federal Donuts, and Goldie. He opened the original Laser Wolf in 2020 and a Brooklyn location two years later.

As with his other restaurants, Solomonov channeled his Israeli roots when he conceptualized Laser Wolf as an Israeli-style grill. Having been regulars at Zahav when it was new as well as at now-closed Percy Street Barbecue, we were curious to give it a try. Plus, we like meat.

Dining Experience

Inside Laser Wolf in Philadelphia
The original Laser Wolf, located is located in Philadelphia’s Olde Kensington neighborhood right next to Fishtown. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

It’s difficult not to compare Laser Wolf to Zahav. Similar Israeli-inspired elements are here albeit in a bare bones casual space. After all, Laser Wolf’s menu, with its salatim starters, hummus, fresh pita and a variety of grilled meats and veggies, isn’t entirely different from Zahav’s. We can’t say the same about the dining experience.

Meals at Laser Wolf, a play on the butcher’s name in Fiddler on the Roof, begin the minute diners sit down in the restaurant’s vaulted warehouse space. That’s when a circular silver array of 10 ever-changing salatim (Israeli for salad) magically appear along with excellent freshly baked pita as one would expect at a CookNSolo run kitchen.

Our Meal At Laser Wolf

Mezze at Laser Wolf in Philadelphia
This salatim rainbow greeted us at Laser Wolf in Philly’s Olde Kensington neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Dining with friends, we started our Laser Wolf meal with pita and hummus plus bowls topped with colorful items that included pickled green tomatoes with fennel, mushrooms with swiss chard and sour cherry, kale babaganoush and cucumbers with harissa. Tasting them all was the highlight of our meal.

The grilled second course felt almost anticlimactic after our initial Israeli smorgasbord. But, to be fair, the flavorful skewers of meat and fish cooked over a humble, charcoal grill still satisfied us. We especially enjoyed the charred and flavorful whole trout and the barbecued sirloin shislik.

Skewers at Laser Wolf in Philadelphia
Laser Wolf chefs grill meat over live coals. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We consider our first Laser Wolf dinner to be practice. When we we return, we’ll probably splurge on bigger ticket items like 50-day dry aged ribeye and Iraqi BBQ short ribs.

Dessert at Laser Wolf in Philadelphia
You don’t need blue nails to enjoy dessert at Laser Wolf. You also don’t need to order dessert since it’s part of the meal. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Laser Wolf, which manages to satisfy herbivores, carnivores and general fans of Middle Eastern cuisine equally, gets a big thumbs up from us. It’s a fun place to gather, eat good food and enjoy the company of friends.

Laser Wolf is located at 1301 N Howard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to secure a reservation at Laser Wolf?

Making an online reservation is the easiest option and can be done via the restaurant’s website or Resy. Reservations open at 11am on the 1st of the month for the following month.

How much does a meal at Laser Wolf cost?

Grilled items include pita, salatim and dessert. Current prices range from $37 (veggie dishes) to $150 (dry-aged porterhouse for two). As always, prices are subject to change.

Is tipping necessary at Laser Wolf?

No. This restaurant automatically adds a 20% service charge to the final bill.

What’s the dress code at Laser Wolf?

Laser Wolf doesn’t have a dress code. We recommend smart casual attire.

What’s the best way to get to Laser Wolf?

Taking a SEPTA train to the Girard station is the easiest option since parking is challenging in both Fishtown and Kensington. You can also drive or take an Uber to Laser Wolf. If you decide to drive, the neighborhood has free street parking. However, be sure to check the signs for potential parking restrictions.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: April 18, 2023

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