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August 28, 2005
The menu is extensive for a local place, as befits a spot in a restaurant city like Philly. I've been there more times than I can count over the years and NEVER had less than a good meal--and many very good ones. The ambience is wonderful, with an open, light-filled bar and local artwork hanging on the walls. You are never rushed, and lingering over coffee isn't a problem.
All in all, it’s a good place for a meal with friends, a romantic date, or dining alone.
From journal Dining in the Philadelphia Area
August 18, 2003
Its charming facade with outdoor cafe-style tables (in warm weather) is nothing out of the ordinary to see. That's typical for this down to earth neighborhood.The location is an excellent place to wait for the #48 or #7 bus to take you back into Center City. But if the temperature's 90 degrees, you're dying of thirst, and it's 5pm-you may want to pop into its cool, welcoming interior for a thirst-quenching, spirit-reviving libation and small talk with some authentic Philly style ambience.
As a single, middle-aged female I had no qualms (it was still daylight) taking a seat at the old-fashioned bar and ordering a Cosmo. Glancing at the bar menu I saw some appetizing tidbits when the bartender informed me that each night there is a Happy Hour bar food special. Wednesday's happened to be quesadillas (either bean or duck). I went with the duck and even though famished I couldn't possibly have finished it. It would be a great appetizer to share.
The atmosphere of the place is warm and patrons are friendly. I was told it had been a local bar since the turn of the century. Some of the brews are even named for famous prisoners at the neighboring penitentiary. There is an array of rooms, including a light-filled atrium, cozy bar and dining room, all sending out welcoming vibes to the regular patrons as well as the newcomer.
For GREAT food prepared by world class chefs, as well as a taste of a real Philadelphia "neighborhood" bar, this place has it all!
From journal A Summer Day in Philadelphia