Too Many Burgers?

Too Many Burgers?

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I’ve been told I am eating too many burgers for these reviews and should explore the menus a bit.  Just wait until the Sports Restaurant Bar reviews come and see how many Cheesesteaks I can eat in NYC!

LaScala’s – The Italian You Remember Having at Home

LaScala's Restaurant Bar Philadelphia Historic District Market East

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Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes cast)

The Italian influence in Philadelphia goes back generations ands runs deep. LaScala’s continues the tradition of cooking and serving from family recipes passed down from parents to children and grandchildren. LaScala’s does it well, keeping it traditional while adding some present day touches making for a very good dining experience.

The LaScala’s Experience: On Friday, June 29, 2012 about 8:10 P.M. I walk into LaScala’s and sit at the bar. The bar is big and juts into the room giving most seats a good view of the restaurant and out onto the sidewalk through the large windows facing both South 7th and Chestnut Streets. About 10 seats on one side and around the corner of the bar the adjacent side has about 8 seats. All seats have great views of the three large screen televisions high on the wall in a row behind the bar.

The televisions usually have sports on and tonight the Phillies are playing which always makes for a good night for me to sit at the bar and have a meal. LaScala’s is in a unique predicament when it comes to showing the Phillies. Their building only has DIRECTV, if I understood the explanation correctly, this is a landlord decision, not LaScala’s. The Phillies are broadcast locally in Philadelphia either on Channel 17 or Comcast SportsNet. DIRECTV does not carry Comcast SportsNet, a competition issue. If the Phillies are on Comcast SportsNet then LaScala’s cannot show the game at the bar.  They do try and stream it over the web but a previous evening I experienced this and it did not make for a comfortable experience.

I have been to LaScala’s several times both eating at the bar and at a table. The service and food have always been very good. Tonight the food was good as usual.  I had the Sausage & Peppers and the Baked Meatballs. Two appetizers, both were delicious with large portions and filling. Unfortunately the bartender was not very service oriented this evening. When I sat down the bartender was nowhere to be found for a while. This MIA behavior continued throughout the evening at the uncrowded, non-busy bar. The bartender made herself a drink and carried it around with her while she worked, even stopping to chat a while with a friend between the taking and the placing my appetizer order. Like I said, I’ve been here before and never experienced this and will go back. I have to assume the service tonight was a fluke.

Business Travelers: I recommend LaScala’s for a good Italian meal with a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. You can’t beet it’s location in “America’s Most Historic Square Mile.” While visiting LaScala’s allow time to check out Independence National Historical Park especially Washington Square Park, Independence Hall and the attractions along Independence Mall including the The National Museum of American Jewish History and the National Constitution Center. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in LaScala’s and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

LaScala’s Italian American Home-Style
615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-928-0900

LaScala’s Menu
Philadelphia Magazine LaScala’s Review

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Alma de Cuba – Always a Favorite, Beautiful Food, People & Space

Alma de Cuba Latin Restaurant Philadelphia Center City Rittenhouse Square
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Rating: 4.5/5 (3 votes cast)

I was meeting  two friends for dinner at Alma de Cuba and really looking forward to it.  Consistently one of the best restaurants in Philly bringing together a wonderful crowd with classic and inventive Latin drinks and food. The restaurant and bar area are usually lively, entertaining and fun. Drinks and appetizers at the bar are the way to go. Alma de Cuba is one of the varied restaurants brought to Philly by Starr Restaurants.

The Alma de Cuba Experience: When I met my friends we planned to have a drink before dinner, but where to go? Why not make it a total Alma de Cuba night, so on Thursday, June 14, 2012 about 6:30 P.M. we walk in, sit at the bar starting our night by ordering drinks and appetizers.

We sit at the corner of the bar where we can see the entire first floor of the restaurant and the people coming in the door. The bar area is usually packed tight but we were able to find three seats with several more available. Alma has limited outdoor seating and does not open up to the street.  It is a beautiful day outside so people have probably opted for places with outside bars and street seating for happy hour. The bar has 10 seats on the long side with 4 on one short side and 2 seats next to a service area on the other. The bar has good room to accommodate a nice sized crowd sitting and standing which it does often. The entire downstairs is a lounge with the bar in front and dining room upstairs.  Dinner can also be had at the lounge tables.

We got there at a good time, happy hour with $6 Mojitos and full size appetizers, also for only $6. The bartender was great guiding us along in our selections. My friends and I are ready to take full advantage of the happy hour specials. We order Mojitos along with Chorizo Sliders, Tuna Tartare Tacos, Marlin Tacos and Pork Belly Skewers. Yes, a lot of food to start off dinner but it was all delicious and washed down with Mojitos. It was a terrific evening with fun friends, a great bartender and extremely good food and drinks. No worries, we made sure we left room for eating a very satisfying dinner in the dining room upstairs later that evening.

Business Travelers: When in Philadelphia I strongly encourage you to head to Alma de Cuba whether to sit at the bar, in the lounge or upstairs in the dining room. The bar normally hosts many business people and the night we were there was no exception. The food is Latin and excellent. Take a look at the menu, everyone will find something they enjoy. Located in the very upscale Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Center City Philadelphia, Alma de Cuba is mightily recommended for an evening alone or with a group of friends, co-workers, clients and colleagues. One of our group was a woman traveling on business and she recommends Alma de Cuba and feels very comfortable in the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Alma de Cuba Menu Dinner Lounge
Zagat Alma de Cuba Reviews

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Villa di Roma – South Philly Italian at Its Best. Make Sure You Take Home Some Gravy

Villa di Roma Italian Restaurant South Philly
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Rating: 3.9/5 (4 votes cast)

Yes, its Gravy in South Philly not sauce. Villa di Roma Restaurant is located in the South Philly Italian Market and has been a “go to” spot for years. Terrific at the bar and in the dining rooms anytime especially before or after a Phillies, Eagles, Flyers or Sixers game. Villa is not to be missed for a truly South Philadelphia Italian experience.

The Villa di Roma Experience: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 about 7:45 P.M. I arrive with great anticipation for a delicious meal. I sit at the bar, order a drink, get a menu and settle in to watch the Phillies. This is about as old school classic Italian as it gets with a picture of Rocky over the bar. I order Clams Casino and Veal Parmigiana, although I almost ordered Sausage remembering how tasty it is, to complete my experience. Food was wonderful as always.

Bar was empty when I came in but no worries, the other patrons and staff provide a great show. The dining room was hopping. The bar is long and faces the wall with about 14 seats and two televisions, visible from most seats with the Phillies on. Music is low and from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s setting a great mood. During the evening, a parade of locals, tourists and business people came through the door and their antics, some stereotypically South Philly, provided great entertainment. The old mechanical cash register is very cool. Two women come into the bar after dinner and order Limoncellos, very South Philly, very Danny DiVito, very It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

A hint: Having a party?  Get the Villa di Roma Gravy (red sauce) and serve it to your guests over your favorite food and you will be a star. I served it over some meatballs at a New Years Day Party and my guests raved. I won’t tell where I got the frozen meatballs, sorry TJ.

Business Travelers: This is the perfect place for an evening alone or with a group of friends, coworkers, clients and colleagues. Go grab those empty bar seats and have a good time.  Music and noise are at terrific levels for conversation. I highly recommend Villa for an evening while traveling for business and getting a real taste of Italian South Philly. Make sure you stroll the Italian Market while there and stop by Anthony’s Italian Coffee House & Chocolate House for a treat. Great place to people watch, with a mix of locals, business people and tourists all having a great time. If you decide to sit at a table, request the dining room to the left, it was hopping the night I was there. A great place for Women traveling on business, you will feel welcome and comfortable in Villa di Roma and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Villa di Roma Restaurant
932 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-592-1295

Villa di Roma Restaurant Menu
Craig LaBan Villa di Roma Review

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Royal Tavern – I Wish the Phillies were as Hot as the Longhots on my Angus Burger

 

Royal Tavern Philadelphia South Philly Bella Vista Review Meal Eaten at Restaurant Bar
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Rating: 3.1/5 (2 votes cast)

With my move back to New York City a short month away I was trying to visit a few old favorites before I left and watch as many Phillies games as possible on friendly stations. Royal Tavern is a terrific neighborhood stop with consistently delicious food and often updated list of specials in addition to their regular menu. The meatloaf is terrific, wide beer selection and Vegan friendly.

The Royal Tavern Experience: On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 about 8:30 P.M. I arrive to eat at the bar and to watch the Phillies game. The Tavern is full as usual, mostly with locals, but I see one remaining seat at the bar and quickly grab it. I am seated about 2/3 down the bar on the long side. The bar faces the wall with about 12 seats on the long side and 3 on the short. The remaining side is a service area. The short side and other seats by the window will give you a long view down the bar and of the entire restaurant. Two televisions on the ends are usually tuned to sports, with the Phillies on tonight. Even though there was only one seat available at the bar when I arrived, the turnover during dinner had several seats open up then get taken during the evening so with a little patience you will probably get a seat at the bar. Very chatty, fun patrons and staff made for interesting conversation and a fun night.

The specials look appealing tonight, almost got the Australian Lamb Burger special but knowing that Royal Tavern is often credited with having one of the best burgers in Philly, it’s Angus Burger, I order one which came with bacon, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, pickled longhots and chile mayonnaise.  It was delicious and the log hots give it just the right amount of zing. The fries were great as well, very crispy and crunchy, just how I like them.

Business Travelers: Royal Tavern is in the Bella Vista neighborhood of South Philly, a mostly residential area which has some very nice blocks for easy strolling. Tavern is a good place to hang out with coworkers, clients and colleagues looking for upscale, very good bar fare and to get a feel for a good, fun Philly neighborhood hangout. It’s an aggressive walk from Center City Hotels so I suggest dressing down a bit and taking a cab. Woman business travelers would enjoy an evening here in a group. Other patrons are great at engaging in conversation and making you feel welcome.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Royal Tavern
937 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-384-6694

Royal Tavern Menu
Royal Tavern Zagat Review

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Adobe Cafe – Great Southwestern Fare in South Philly

Adobe Cafe Southwestern Restaurant South Philadelphia East Passyunk
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Rating: 2.9/5 (2 votes cast)


Adobe Cafe
 is one of those places you enjoy going to time after time. The food is great and the staff, especially the bartenders, seem to extremely happy you are there. The other guests are friendly and talkative and the atmosphere is terrific with a big bar surrounded by televisions.  Now, don’t think this is a loud boisterous place, it is just the right mix of activity while remaining comfortable. There is even Quizzo and other activities on certain nights to keep you entertained. More NYC and Philly reviews to come.

The Adobe Cafe Experience: On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 about 7:00 P.M. I go to Adobe with two friends to watch the Phillies game and eat a meal at the bar.  Yes, another Phillies review! My friends are from, and have a business in, the hopping East Passyunk Avenue neighborhood of South Philly and we frequently go to Adobe for a meal, a drink or to catch a game.  It is a terrific combination of locals and others from Center City and beyond who have come to East Passyunk to dine, drink, stroll and shop.  The neighborhood is perfect for this.

We order margaritas and food.  The drinks are very tasty, some of the best you will ever have.  My friends order wings, lots of them, in  multiple flavors, and they are very good and come highly recommended.  I have a Chicken Quesadilla and the Skillet Seared Filet Mignon Steak Tips.  Both were great but the Steak Tips were terrific, nice chucks of tender steak with a special sauce with fajitas.  Will get them again next time I go back.

I really like the layout at Adobe.  Big centered, three sided bar with about 4 seats on the short end and about 7 on each of the longer sides.  A good view from almost any seat and easy to see the televisions.  The televisions are usually tuned to sports and the staff is very attentive to keeping the channels changed to a good game.  From both longer sides you can look into the restaurant and see out onto bustling East Passyunk Avenue through the large windows.  AC was on high, making it very comfortable considering it was over 90 degrees, humid with thunderstorms outside.

Business Travelers:  A good placed for meeting and hanging with coworkers, clients and colleagues. A little off the beaten path for Business Travelers in Center City’s Business District but worth the trip from Center City and beyond for the crowded sidewalks of East Passyunk Avenue with its big selection of shops and restaurants.  Go to Capogiro Gelato & Sorbetto for some the best Italian Gelato in the country as you walk “the Avenue”.  E’Punk as the area is know is an easy trip from Center City via subway or cab.  Combine your trip with a walking tour of the famous South Philadelphia Italian Market nearby. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Adobe and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Adobe Cafe
1919 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-551-2243

Adobe Cafe Menu
LocalEats Best Southwestern Restaurant Review

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20 Manning Grill & Audrey Claire – A Great Pair in Rittenhouse Square

20 Manning Grill Review Restaurant Bar Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

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Rating: 4.1/5 (4 votes cast)

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Rating: 4.1/5 (4 votes cast)

Enjoy this two for one review, 20 Manning Grill and their down the street sister restaurant, BYOB Audrey Claire. Both get high marks. Several more Philly reviews to come and I continue eating my way through Restaurant Bars in New York with many more NYC reviews on the way.

The 20 Manning Grill & Audrey Claire Experience: Thursday, May 17, 2012 about 6:00 P.M. a friend and I go to 20 Manning Grill to eat at the bar and have a few drinks and watch the Phillies. A couple of seats were available and we snagged two in the center in front of the television. I think we were lucky to get seats during Happy Hour in a very popular bar.

We start by ordering drinks and two appetizers to share, the Spicy Calamari and Deviled Eggs. We both thought it was some of the best calamari we have ever had. While I thought the deviled eggs were great, my friend said they were good but raved that his wife’s were better. Next came a burger to share. 20 Manning often shows up on the best burger lists and this tasty burger showed why. They were nice enough to cut it in half for us, very cool. Great burger and fries served on a wooden cutting board. A menu note: the Charbroiled Beef Sirloin Noodles are still on the menu. A signature dish for 20 Manning which has been around a very long time because the customers demand it. While we did not order it tonight, I’ve had it before and highly recommend.

A businessman from Alabama sitting next to us at the bar loved the place. He was in Philly for a conference and travels to the city frequently. He always goes to 20 Manning Grill but really raved about BYOB Audrey Claire, which I also think is terrific. Audrey Claire takes no reservations Friday & Saturday, only Sunday through Thursday, but will suggest you wait at 20 Manning’s bar and they will call you when your table is ready. Businessman thought Audrey Claire’s Grilled Caesar Salad and Grilled Brussel Sprouts were tremendous. He had no problem sitting alone at a table in Audrey Claire (no bar) with a bottle of wine he brought enjoying the great food.

Nice bar facing the wall. 3 seats on each of  the short ends and about 10 on the long side. Fun, social patrons and great staff. We sat in the middle of the 10 seat side with the television directly in front of us, Phillies on at 8 P.M. They usually have sports on TV but will take channel requests. You can count on a Philly sports game on this television if one of the city’s teams is playing. Sit on long side or the short 3 at the far end to see much of the restaurant, bar and out the large swing out windows open to diners and pedestrians on 20th Street and Manning Street.  Sit on the near 3 side for a view of the entire restaurant. Outdoor seating has a misting system to keep you cool on hot nights. Head to Yogorino down the street for a desert to enjoy as you walk the beautiful neighborhood streets.

Business Travelers:  As I mentioned in the above section about the business traveler we met, both 20 Manning Grill and Audrey Clair are both terrific places for business travelers. Great places to take clients, coworkers and colleagues for a fun and social night out. Located in the popular Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, it’s a great way to get a taste of Philly’s walkable neighborhoods and excellent restaurants and nightlife.  Nice place to people watch outside on the busy streets. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable at 20 Manning, Audrey Claire and in the surrounding Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

20 Manning Grill
261 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-731-0900
20 Manning Grill Menu
Craig LaBan Audrey Claire Review

Audrey Claire
20th & Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-731-1222
Audrey Claire Menu
Philadelphia Style Best New Restaurants List

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D’Angelo’s – Favorite Old School Philly Italian, a Classic

D'Angelos Italian Restaurant Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
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Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)


D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano
has been my favorite Philly old school classic Italian restaurant ever since I moved back to Philly in 2009. After growing up in Philly, then living in New York most of my adult life, I found myself back in Philly and discovered D’Angelo’s only a few blocks from where I was living. I love this place. Philly’s restaurant scene is so vibrant, diverse, new, classic, odd, trendy, old school and new school you can find something in every niche. This place reminds me of that proper, high end, classic, loud and fun Italian. It’s in Rittenhouse Square, not the usual South Philly Italian neighborhood, so it needs to be good to thrive. Yes, there are more classic Italians beloved by many all over Philly, but this one is a favorite because of the bar experience. All of Philly’s Italian neighborhoods are not in South Philly, Hello Tacony!

The D’Angelo’s Experience: I arrive on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 about 7:30 P.M.  I already know what I will be ordering, always the same thing, Clams Casino and Veal Parmigiana. The clams are whole with big junks of bacon with the right spices while the veal is always fresh and cooked perfectly with a side of veggies. The bread and the garlic infused oil are wonderful. The bar is full of locals, arty types and professionals, along with traveling business people and the required gathering of Godfather types. I sit at the bar and of course the Phillies game is on at the end of the bar by the door. Always sports on this TV, always Philly, never have to ask.  D’Angelo’s is on my 10 Best Places to Watch the Phillies list. Bartender has been there for years and he is always friendly, direct and efficient, perfect. I actually change my mind and order the Sicilian Sausage appetizer with the Veal Parm, hungry tonight.  It does not disappoint.  The food, bread, Chianti and the Phillies make for a great evening. One of the Godfather types comes over, asks about my meal and says he want that and changes his order, nice guy.

I sit about midway down the long side of the bar which partly faces a wall but half faces a large window out to the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square which oddly is not on Rittenhouse Square, rather a block away. The long side of the bar has about 10 seats with 4 on one short end and 3 on the other.  All seats are good for feeling part of all the activity and fun.  Sit on the long side or short end by the kitchen if you want to see the television and the activity at the front door.

Business Travelers:  This place is a not trendy nor the coolest rather old school and classic so casual but smart dress is a good way to go. D’Angelo’s is great for a business meeting or going out with coworkers or colleagues. Close to the Business District and Hotels and great for an after dinner walk through Rittenhouse Square, the surrounding shops and entertainment. Nice place to watch the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood go by, especially for those visiting Philly. If you want a “walking desert” stop by Yogorino down the block.  There is a dance floor which opens later which can easily be avoided if you are just out for dinner. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in D’Angelo’s and especially in the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano
256 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-3935

D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano Menu
Philadelphia Magazine D’Angelo’s Review

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South Philly Bar & Grill – One Of Philly’s Best Sports Bars

Philly Sports Bar BarMeal Reviewed Business Traveler

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Rating: 2.7/5 (2 votes cast)

 

South Philly Bar & Grill is all about location, you guessed it: South Philadelphia, next to the famous Geno’s and Pat’s cheesesteak palaces.  SPBG is the quintessential Philadelphia sports bar and a great place to watch any Philly game with some of the most devoted fans anywhere.  The area is swarming with tourists so beware. One of BarTaste’s Top 10 Places To Watch The Phillies.

There are other good sports bars closer to the Center City Business District, Convention Center and hotels (see Top 10 Places to watch the Phillies) so is it worth the trip? It certainly is if you are walking the nearby Italian Market, which is worth seeing. Go ahead and do the tourist cheesesteak thing, I prefer Pat’s over Geno’s but really recommend foregoing both in favor of Steve’s Prince of Steaks (the original on Bustleton Avenue).  Remember, Cheese Wiz is for tourists, get provolone cheese.

The South Philly Bar & Grill Experience: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 about 6:30 P.M. I arrive with some friends primarily to watch the Phillies but the Sixers and Flyers are both in the playoffs and on tonight.  It is a big night for Philly sports. Surprisingly, few people here now although it does fill up later but certainly never became crowded.  There was some confusion about not being able to have all three games on at once but with some prodding from customers all three games were finally on. Center bar, my favorite, almost a triangle with about 5 seats and 3 seats on the two shorter sides and about 13 seats on each of the two longer sides. Televisions everywhere so pick your game then select a seat.

We order appetizers to be followed by sandwiches but they all come at once.  Order separately if you don’t want them all together.  The Onion Rings and Italian Sausage and Peppers were good.  The sausage is made locally in the nearby Italian Market.  Both the Phillies and Sixers win, making me happy.

Business Travelers: No business people around and if you are a woman business traveler I’m sure the very nice and friendly bartenders (sisters?) would make sure you were comfortable at the bar.  Worth the trip from Center City if you are looking for a real Philly sports bar experience away from Center City, are visiting the Italian Market or are being touristy with cheesesteaks.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

South Philly Bar & Grill
1235 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-334-3300
South Philly Bar & Grill Menu
CNN 101 of the Best Sports Bars in the U.S.

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Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden – Name Says It All

Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden Philadelphia

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Rating: 3.8/5 (2 votes cast)

 

I was looking for a place to do a bar meal review after attending a very interesting meeting for start-up entrepreneurs at Venturef0rth, an early-stage tech community incubator and yes, it is spelled correctly with the “0”.  I realized I had not spent much time in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philly and decided to head to one of my favorites: Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 about 8 P.M.  Silk City is just what it’s name says,  a Diner with a Lounge and a Beer Garden.  The diner and lounge have long been staples of the neighborhood but have been terrifically updated in 2007 and are a destination location with a creative and well done New American menu.  This review focuses on the Diner counter saving the Lounge and Beer Garden bars for highly anticipated return visits.

I start with the evening special, Chicken Corn Chowder, followed by the Bacon wrapped Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes and Peas along with a glass of wine.  Both were delicious.  As I have mentioned before, order your two courses separately to avoid getting your food all at once while sitting at moany restaurant bars.

The Silk City Bar Experience:  Entering the Diner section you encounter that classic diner look and feel which has been meticulously upgraded and maintained.  The bar, really a counter with a full complement of liquor, is long and faces the wall.   The diner atmospheres makes this setup comfortable and the friendly staff is another big draw.  The counter has about  25 seats and the ones on the far end would provide the best view of the entire place.  I sat about 1/3 of the way down the long section.  The patrons were engaging with two old friends catching up to my left and Mother and young daughter enjoying a fun meal on my right.  A few trendy hipsters were sprinkled around with a couple of  button down business people about and others stopping by after work to get take out.  Lots of seats still left on a Tuesday night.  Really love this place, the atmosphere and food.  Highly recommend.

Business Travelers:  A good casual place to go to get you out of the Center City Philly scene.  Whether you are alone or with colleagues or customers, the counter is fun or grab yourself a booth.  While it is not a far walk from Center City, I recommend skipping the walk in favor of a cab for better security.  If you are already in the Northern Liberties neighborhood by all means walk to Silk City.  Only one small television so don’t go for the TV. Give yourself some time to walk around the bustling, trendy and hip Northern Liberties area.  Stop at Rita’s after and get yourself a taste of  real Philly Italian Water Ice on 2nd Street.  Good for Women Business Travelers traveling alone.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden
435 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123.
215-546-5170
Silk City Menu
Philadelphia Weekly Silk City Review

Silk City Diner on Urbanspoon

Westbury – Longtime Neighborhood Standby

Westbury Bar and Restaurant Philadelphia

Photo by DoctorWho via flickr.



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Rating: 2.6/5 (2 votes cast)

 

Some friends and I were looking for a place to sit at the bar and watch the Phillies game.  Our first choice, while not crowded, had no seats available at the bar so we decided to go to the nearby Westbury, a predominately gay bar which bills itself as a sports place.  Tuesday, May 23, 2012 about 7:30 P.M we sat down and ordered drinks and I was looking forward to doing a Westbury review.   There have been some improvements to the Westbury over the past few years including many large televisions making a TV visible from every seat at the bar.  Also there are about 16 taps with plans to soon take that number to 20 making for a very nice beer selection.  Food is basic bar food.  I had the Fish & Chips and loaded fries.  Why did I ordered so many fires? Food was good.  Menu is basic sandwiches burgers and salads.  Westbury is participating in Philly Beer Week 2012.

The Westbury Bar Experience:  The Westbury has my favorite bar setup, a center bar.  There are a couple of pillars which are part of the bar which do obstruct some views but not significantly.  The two longer sides of the bar have about 12 seats each while the two shorter sides have about 6 seats.  Bartender and wait staff are very nice and attentive and service was good.  No credit cards accepted at the bar and the drinks and food are handled separately by the bartender and waiter respectively.  Credit cards are accepted for food.  Not particularly crowded on this night.  Music is handled by a jukebox and we were not particularly happy with the selection this evening didn’t go well with the game. Maybe we should have selected the music ourselves. No game sound on tonight, just the jukebox music.

Business Travelers:  As I mentioned the Westbury has a predominately loyal, male, gay clientele from the surrounding neighborhood.  It has been part of Philadelphia’s gay scene for a long time and is not particularly close to the hotels or business district.  There were a couple of business people having drinks and food at the bar. The staff and patrons would certainly make any visitors feel welcome and comfortable. We like that there is always a sporting event on the televisions, good basic bar food and nice beer selection.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Westbury Bar and Restaurant
261 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-546-5170
Westbury Menu
Westbury at Philly Beer Week 2012

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