Chefs and Restaurants

How Roxanne's Alexandra Holt Reimagined Hospitality to Heal Herself

Plate Staff

Alexandra Holt is the chef, owner, and—aside from one server—sole employee of Roxanne, a lively, colorful BYOB in Philadelphia. Since opening late last year, her restaurant’s sometimes cheeky, sometimes political, always high-caliber menu—featuring dishes like leek culurgiones over Texas toast, ice cream sundaes topped with housemade tater tots, and a deconstructed tiramisu dotted with edible googly eyes—has made Roxanne one of the city’s most sought-after reservations...