Pine Hill, New Jersey
August 1, 2005
Located in Philadelphia’s Old City section, The Plough and The Stars cooks up authentic Irish dishes. I followed the hostess upstairs to the Loft, which provided a great view out of the 16-foot front windows. The former Corn Exchange from the early 20th century is now one of Philadelphia’s great restaurants.
The lunch crowd can dine on choice such as New York strip steak or crab cakes, or opt for one of the traditional meals such as fish-and-chips or shepherd’s pie. Although the roast lamb sandwich special was tempting, I wanted a dish that was even higher on the comfort scale. I decided on the shepherd’s pie. Soon I was delivered an assortment of Irish soda breads and a warm crock of shepherd’s pie. The meat was slow-cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with onions and peas. It was then topped with a generous mound of melt-in-your-mouth whipped potatoes. The meal will fill anyone with a very happy sense of warmth. A variety of desserts were offered, but it seemed only fitting to taste the Bailey’s Irish Cream Crème Brulee. Topped with fresh strawberries, this was easily one of the best crème brulee’s I have ever had. The texture was smooth, and the Irish cream gave it just enough flavor without overpowering your taste buds.
When you’re in the mood for some comfort food, or any food for that matter, go to The Plough and The Stars. Whether lunch, dinner, or an evening cocktail, you will not be disappointed.
From journal Philadelphia - The City of Little Brotherly Love