Where Philadelphia - - Where Now - BY JES­SICA TZIKAS

Jon­carl can be cred­ited with bring­ing a big piece of Dutch cul­ture to Philadel­phia. Here, we chat with him about his in­flu­ences, his fa­vorite lo­cal spots and why he chose Philly to set­tle down.

What is a typ­i­cal day- off like for you? In the restau­rant busi­ness most of us have Mon­day as our “Satur­day.” It is a bit of an up­side down world, but I like it. I wake up and watch Morn­ing Joe then of­ten will head to Sam’s Morn­ing Glory for break­fast. I am a big walker and our city lends it­self to that. It’s great to get out and ex­plore our neigh­bor­hoods.

Other than your own places, what’s your fa­vorite restau­rant in the city? We are a close-knit group of restau­rant peo­ple in Philly, so this is a rough ques­tion. Right now, my fa­vorite new spot is Jaxon in North­ern Lib­er­ties. My other old fa­vorites in­clude Fond (our neigh­bors), Townsend (our in­dus­try wa­ter­ing hole), Ser­pico, Helm and Lit­tle Fish.

Where do you get the in­spi­ra­tion for your menus? The Dutch is a full col­lab­o­ra­tion between Lee Styer and my­self. As for the menu for No­ord, in­spi­ra­tions come from a com­bi­na­tion of my mother’s cook­ing and what is go­ing on in the newly ex­cit­ing restau­rant scene in Am­s­ter­dam.

What do you typ­i­cally cook for your­self at home? Other than break­fast, I rarely cook at home. I DO love to make my­self an Uitsmi­jter, which is an open-faced egg, meat and cheese sand­wich served with a salad and pick­les that is very pop­u­lar in the Nether­lands. A ver­sion is on the menus both at the Dutch and No­ord.

In your opin­ion, what is a must- see spot for peo­ple visit­ing Philly? Our city is so full of his­tory and great at­trac­tions, but I al­ways tell our vis­i­tors to get out into some of the neigh­bor­hoods and get to know our peo­ple. Don’t just stay in Cen­ter City.

Have you seen Philly in­flu­enced by Dutch cul­ture at all? Some­times if you squint, some of the ar­chi­tec­ture in Cen­ter City can re­mind you of Am­s­ter­dam.

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