Even though the popular 12South neighborhood is still sometimes overrun with gaggles of bachelorettes, Josephine remains an oasis of fine dining and refined service on the outskirts of Crazy Town. Chef Andy Little leads a talented kitchen staff as they prepare plates of innovative takes on Pennsylvania Dutch food prepared with classic techniques. From the bar staff that is attentive without being intrusive to the sweet treats they send patrons home with after paying the check, Josephine’s attention to gracious treatment is laudable, and the food is next-level good.
For such a small restaurant, Josephine offers a lot of choices of what sort of dining experience you’re looking for. The convivial bar is a fantastic spot to meet your love for a quick happy hour before dining in clubby banquette booths, cozy tables or the coveted outdoor patio seating. The menu is a fascinating hybrid of Southern and Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine prepared using classical European cooking techniques. It’s like encountering Betty Groff and Julia Child at a tractor pull.