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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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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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

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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

Westbury Bar on Urbanspoon

Perch Pub – Location and Lamb Burger

Perch Pub Bar Philadelphia

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Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes cast)

 

On Thursday, April 19, 2012 at around 8 p.m. I was in the neighborhood walking by a sign outside of Perch Pub announcing the Lamb Burger as a special and knew immediately where I would have my next Restaurant Bar Meal and do my next review. The Lamb Burger is not on the regular menu but it is often a special.  I’ve had the Lamb Burger several times before, enjoying it each time, so tonight I ordered the corn and tomato soup special along with the Lamb Burger and was not disappointed.

The meal was delicious as usual but the bar was oddly empty for 8 p.m. on a Thursday night.  I was happy with my easy seat selection, large televisions and good meal.  A nice, relaxing and quiet meal.  I would describe the menu as higher end gastropub fare.  Definitely several steps above your normal pub menu.  Perch Pub is on our Top 10 Places for the Phillies list.

The Perch Pub Bar Experience: Perch Pub is on the 2nd floor with views of South Broad Street above Varalli Restaurant (sound autoplay warning, why?). The bar is facing the wall and has two sections: a long section with about 12 seats connecting to a semi-circular section which wraps around to the wall with about 12 more seats.  Most seats face the wall and the televisions while the seats which wrap around afford a view of the entire bar and a peek at the restaurant beyond.  No seat is bad, expect fewer seats available at Happy Hour and at game time.  Lots of neighborhood residents frequent the place.  I am disappointed that my favorite, and the friendliest, bartender recently left to move to New York.  The remaining staff are friendly and pleasant and will certainly take good care of you.  Definitely recommend.

Business Travelers:  During several visits I have encountered business people dining at the bar while staying in nearby hotels.  Several  business travelers I met eat at the place regularly.  They enjoy the good food and friendly conversation. Perch Pub is absolutely appropriate for any kind of business traveler out alone or with coworkers, colleagues or customers.  Whether you are conducting business or relaxing during your business trip I recommend Perch Pub.  Perch is an good place for woman business travelers traveling alone. Very convenient to nearby hotels on South Broad Street and in the Rittenhouse Square and Midtown Village neighborhoods as well as the theaters.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Perch Pub
1345 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-546-4090
Perch Pub Menu
South Philly Review Perch Pub Review

Perch Pub on Urbanspoon

Rouge – Rittenhouse Square Classic

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Rating: 4.4/5 (4 votes cast)

Rouge has been a Rittenhouse Square Classic for many years.  Some call it a little scene-ish  but it does have what some call the best burger in the city.  I was looking forward to going back to Rouge for a meal at the bar and do a  review, already knowing what I was going to order.

I arrive Monday, April 23, 2012 around 7:45 PM sit at the bar and order a drink.  This is one of my favorite restaurant bars.  I love a bar centered in the middle of a room where you can look across from almost any seat and see most of the other people at the bar along with a good portion of the restaurant. Although I am not looking out over Rittenhouse Square, my seat is great offering a view of the other bar patrons, half the restaurant and the front door. I am really anticipating enjoying myself.  The burger here is one of  the best I’ve ever had. The people from Rouge also brought us 500° the casual burger place on Samson Street. The person to my left recommends the Grilled Octopus, Steak Tartare and Tuna Tartare. I came for the Pork Milanese and start with the Tuna Tartare.  The meal was excellent as always.

The Rouge Bar Experience: The bar is round, on the smallish side and centered in the middle of the dining room.  The entire place is not large so the bar and the dining room combine for an intimate feel making this bar one of my favorites in the city.  Any of the approximately 18 seats around the bar will make you feel part of the room.  I’ve heard Rouge and the bar described as a snobbish scene filled with pretentious patrons.  I have been here many times and have never found this to be the case.  I highly recommend coming here.  The staff were terrific, extremely friendly and attentive.  Two bartenders squeezed in the space behind the bar.  I realized one was new only after the other was explaining the food ordering system.  The new bartender had been waiting on my and was doing a great job. The other patrons were very friendly and only a few empty sets remained.  No Televisions.

Business Travelers:  A couple traveling on business from Pittsburgh came in for drinks, lucky for them they arrived the day after the Philadelphia Flyers trounced and ended the playoff hopes of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  After several people, including myself, raved about the food, the couple assured us they would be back for several meals during their trip.  The Rouge bar is absolutely appropriate for any kind of business traveler out alone or with coworkers, colleagues or customers.  Whether you are conducting business or relaxing during your trip this is one place where you will be very comfortable.  Rouge is an especially good place for woman business travelers traveling alone.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★★ 

Rouge
205 South 18th Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
215-732-6622
Rouge Menu
UrbanSpoon Rouge Reviews

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Square Peg – Revved Up Comfort Food

Square hole round peg 3D guy

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Rating: 3.2/5 (2 votes cast)

 

Newcomer Square Peg has been on my list since it opened and I was happy to head there and enjoy a meal at the bar.  I arrived on Friday April 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm concerned that there would be few seats on a Friday but to my surprise there were several at the bar.  I parked myself at the downstairs bar in front a television showing the Phillies game.

I order the Jewish Wedding Soup and then the Breakfast Poutine which I have been wanting ever since I saw a picture.  The Poutine is fried eggs, sausage gravy and crispy bacon over fries.  Both were good.  I have since been back for dinner with friends and have had the Fried Chicken Tacos, Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup and the Cheesesteak Pot Pie.  The second meal was better than the first. Next to try is the Tacos in a Bag.

The Square Peg Bar Meal Experience: Staff is friendly.  The downstairs bar faces the wall and has about 12 seats on the long side and two on the short side with the north side a service area.  There is a bar upstairs and we will save that for our next visit.  The two end seats give a partial view of the restaurant and out the windows onto 10th Street.  Two televisions are at either end on the wall facing the bar with sports on.  This night the Phillies and Flyers were both playing.  I sat near the Phillies TV at the right end of the long side.  Check out the televisions before you sit down as some seats do not offer a view of both

Business Travelers: The restaurant’s location  is a big asset for business travelers on the east side of Broad Street and especially those staying near or attending events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and those near the Historic District Office Area.  Walking is a good, safe and easy way to go. I suggesting walking south to Walnut Street and east on Walnut to 10th Street, it is a much more pleasant walk.  If you are visiting Jefferson University, Square Peg puts you right in the middle of everything Jefferson.  Many of Philadelphia’s Theaters are within an easy walk. Square Peg is a good place to come alone to sit at the bar and eat or to come with colleagues or customers.  Good for women business travelers traveling alone. Take a look at the menu, the food is great twist on comfort food and old standards.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Square Peg
929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-413-3600
Square Peg Menu
Philly Loves Fun Square Peg Review

Square Peg on Urbanspoon

Misconduct Tavern – Good Food, Good Sports, Good Time

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Rating: 3.3/5 (3 votes cast)

 

After so looking forward to the Phillies home opener, my friend and I found ourselves in a quickly emptying, very cold and windy Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies offense was nonexistent (sorry Cole) so we left the park to finish watching the game and enjoy a meal at the bar at Misconduct Tavern.

We got to Misconduct about 3:45pm on Monday, April 9, 2012.  Drowning our sorrows after a sad start to the season, we did not order food immediately, instead we ordered beer. Misconduct was very empty with almost every seat available. We had prime bar seats, right in the middle with a clear view of the televisions.  It was a Monday and we had arrived during the gap between lunch and dinner.  I suspect Monday brings less people also and anyone who played hooky from work to see the opening game had long gone back. The bartender, in her Shane Victorino shirt, was extremely nice, talkative, engaging and very sports knowledgeable.  We were having a fun time even though the place was empty.

We began by ordering the Fried Calamari and the Avocado Fries. The fries were quite good, actually fried pieces of avocado with a terrific garlic aioli dipping sauce, I highly recommend.  The calamari was good as well.  Misconduct also has a rotating daily special selection of homemade hotdogs, an interesting idea but a challenge to execute while trying to present a wide range of novel ingredients.  The selection today

was Mahi, Duck and Spicy Pork.  These are not your normal hotdog prices but the size and ingredients justify a premium.  My friend and I go for one Mahi and one Duck. The hotdogs are good size and look delicious. We were disappointed in the Mahi, not really enjoying its mushy texture. The duck was better but I think we were expecting to be wowed but that did not happen.  I regret not selecting the Spicy Pork, I bet it would have been tasty, and I will be back to sample more of the dogs to get a better idea of how good they really are.

Misconduct is one place I enjoy tremendously.  It is number one on my top 10 list of places to watch the Phillies and eat at the bar.  It’s the excellent, friendly staff, nicely sized bar, engaging patrons and televisions which combine to make for a great experience.  The bar is long and faces the wall but is such a big presence within the total space that almost any seat is a good seat.  There are about 18 seats on the long side of the bar and about 5 on the short side.  Our fun waitress changed the channel from the postgame show once the Phillies game ended which was fine with us.  I asked about this and she said people have little interest in postgame show and they always change the channel.  After talking to her a little more it seems they pay close attention to what is on TV at any particular time, detail I find lacking in many bars which purport to be “Sports Bars”  You walk in and suddenly you are watching reruns of Wheel of Fortune on giant beautiful HD televisions and you can tell that the management just does not care.  Kudos to Misconduct for caring and saving me from Game Show Network reruns. I give a 4 star rating as I have been here many times and thoroughly enjoy the food and my time spent eating at the bar.

Business Travelers: Misconduct is a good place to come alone to sit at the bar and eat or to come with colleagues or customers.  Good for women business travelers traveling alone. It is a casual gastropub with food a good notch above typical bar food.  It can become too lively for some during a few peak times and significant sporting events so plan accordingly.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Misconduct Tavern
1511 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-732-5797
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After becoming a success in its New Jersey location, Nomad Pizza opened its second location in the former Horizon’s space on 7th Street bringing its wood-fired oven pizza.  The Horizons team opened the critically acclaimed vegan, Vedge, on Locust Street.  Nomad had been teasing Philly with its mobile truck but finally opened a real location in the city.  We talk about our pizza meal at the bar.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 about 7:30, I was looking for baseball on television, a bar and a meal to review.  I went to Brauhaus Schmidtz and Percy Street Barbecue (sound warning…why do this?)  and they both had basketball on the televisions.  Reviews on both places to come. I thought the Phillies were more popular although it was pre-season baseball.  Well, the Phillies will have to wait.  I realize I am near Nomad and see a crowd sitting inside and at the sidewalk tables having lots of fun.  The doors and windows are wide open, it was just a beautiful night.  I could see there was no bar downstairs but was told there was a bar upstairs.

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