Peter McAndrews Takes Over Bridgid’s Kitchen

Bridgid’s was one of our first steps in the right direction when it came to beer in Philadelphia. The homely bistro was a Belgian beer haven before Monk’s, The Belgian Cafe, or anyone ever uttered the term gastropub. It was there before the boom, but then sort of got lost in the vast assemblage of craft beer bars Philly is now bursting at the seams with. Their food was neither here nor there—and when competing with the likes of those other establishments, good food is vital.

So they decided to step up. Peter McAndrews (Modo Mio, Monsu, Paesano’s, Popolino, and La Porta) is taking the helm behind the stoves, and he’s turning the kitchen around. For a restaurant that prided itself with European-influenced American food, it seemed to lack continuity—the old menu featured “Escargot Au Pernod” right above “Southwest Chicken Rolls”. Consistency and identity are two absolute requisites in restaurants, and Bridgid’s had it with beer, just not so much on the other end.

McAndrews is is promising a neighborhood friendly menu, with a bit of an edge. There will be Italian staples as well as edgier small plates, for those who like a litte more adventure in their Italian.

The atmosphere is everything you want out of a Fairmount bistro with a fireplace, the beer will never disappoint, and the food—well, the food’s found an unbroken home in Bridgid’s for the first time in a long while.

Bridgid’s [Official Site]

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    here goes your chance to show who you are tonight Matt. Show and prove. move that offense and score some points. we will see how it shakes out.

    • Capt. Undapants

      A fourth round, third string QB who throws his teammates under the bus?

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        what did he say to throw his teammates under the bus?

        • Capt. Undapants

          Per the article “Barkley has acknowledged that working with lesser talent can be a challenge when his competition is blessed with more skilled players.”

          In these situations he needs to give a stock answer like “I just have to do better,” or “I just need to focus on me and what I can control and what I can do for this team” blah blah blah. If he is to be the leader of this team, he won’t make it far “acknowledging” the mistakes of his teammates. You don’t hear the anointed one Nick Foles “acknowledging” or blame his outings on the drop laden TEs. You never heard/hear Vick acknowledge and/or place the struggles last year on a putrid O-line.

          • Andy124

            I read the comment too. I don’t remember, did we get to hear exactly what question was asked and how he answered it?

            Barkley’s handled the media expertly for the most part. Seems more likely that words are being twisted than he’s suddenly forgotten how to be pc.

          • Brent E. Sulecki

            I guess I need to read the actual quote. if he IS in the competition like CK says. I think he should be judged with the same talent. why should Nick and Mike be the only ones playing with the same guys. when Barkley is playing with the 3s. I don’t think chip thinks hes in the competition or else I think he would give him a more fair shot like nick and mike. the kid is frustrated im sure and I think hes doing fine handling it. I don’t want a guy of excepting to be a 3rd qb. but tonight he def. needs to put it all together and get some good film on him. or else his opportunities will be very slim going forward

          • Richard Colton

            If I ever hear another player/coach in midnight green say “I have to do a better job…”

          • Jack Waggoner

            That’s not throwing his teammates under the bus. That’s just the reality of playing with guys who mostly aren’t going to make the team. When you have Desean Jackson at WR you have the opportunities to make better plays than when you have Demarco Sampson.

  • JofreyRice

    I’m hoping Brandon Boykin really comes into his own, and people start talking about him this year. This team has been in desperate need of a DB with an extra “s” incorrectly added to their last name since Asante Samuel left.

    Surprised that for such a lauded “leader”, Barkley is telling anyone who will listen how little he thinks of the Eagles deep reserves. He’s had an opportunity all along, he just hasn’t played as well as the other guys. Polk had no problem coming from the 4th string.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Ya agreed with Barkley, I hope he kinda stops talking, he’s a 4th round pick and should be acting like it.. be nice to see him surprise a lot of people tonight tho

    • Dominik

      I thought the same thing when I first read it, but it is a little bit more complicated for QBs. In a TC with no real hitting, a RB can show that he is fast and is able to move the chains and have some good runs, no matter with whom he’s playing. A QB is only as good as the receivers let him.

      Of course, a good QB makes his receivers better, but there is a real dependence for the QB. There isn’t as much of a dependence for a RB.

      Let’s see what he can do tonight. :)

      • Andy124

        There’s also the dynamic of, who’s better, the backup WRs or the backup DBs they’re going against.

        Different dynamic for Polk. Who’s better, the backup OL or the backup front-7 they’re going up against.

        Might be different answers for each of those questions causing different levels of difficulty for those guys to move around the depth chart.

        This is all just hypothetical of course.

  • cliff henny

    was anyone else watching the play clocks last night? pretty much all i did was take note of when play’s ended(runs/short passes) and say to myself, ‘ok, 7:45, so eagles will be running another play at 7:33-7:30′. knew it was going to be quick, but teams weren’t even out of the huddle yet after 15secs. should be a blast to watch!

  • nicksaenz1

    Great stat in Barnwell’s article on Grantland about the Chiefs: ” Since 2002, when the league moved to its current divisional setup, 36 percent of teams that finished with a 4-12 record or worse in a given season followed that performance with a .500 or better campaign. The average 4-12 or worse team over that time frame has improved by an average of 3.6 wins the following season.” There was a lot of discussion yesterday about what we can do this season. While anything’s possible, there’s a 64% likelihood that we max out at 8 wins. I hope we do better than that, but, I’m a realist. Our D blows.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      8-8 would be a good year considering the new staff, players and scheme.

      I’d def consider that a win.

      • nicksaenz1

        I agree. A big step in the right direction for sure. It’ll be interesting, to say the least.

      • theycallmerob

        ^ truth

      • Richard Colton

        D won’t be good, but it looks better. O-line is better by default. What was stale, isn’t. Why can’t we be 8-8? Why can’t we go 9-7 and take a shot at NFC East?

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Um…I think we can be 8-8 or 9-7 and take a shot at the East.

          You’re preaching to the choir here.

      • All In Eagles

        and in this division it could get us a playoff spot or even the East title. : )

    • cliff henny

      our d most likely will blow, but in today’s nfl, so will about 25 other teams. if we can get some turnovers, and play better redzone defense, then turn game over to what we hope is high powered offense, that’s a pretty good recipe to win.

      • nicksaenz1

        I hear ya. I’m not trying to sound like a Negadelphian. I just thought it was a useful stat given some of the conversation yesterday. People’s expectations shouldn’t be set at winning the division and making a playoff run. It’d be nice and we should all be hopeful of such a scenario, but not expecting of such a scenario. That’s all.

      • All In Eagles

        Agree, our D will blow chunks for sure. We just need those key turnovers. Improving on last year shouldn’t be a problem, I hope. Let the supposed high scoring O take the reigns and win as many games by 3 points as possible.

        • cliff henny

          it’s the new nfl. offense wins. give me great offense and average defense which might give up yard but tightens in redzone, that also gets it’s fair share of TOs, and can win a bunch of games. look at reid, he was so used to getting JJ 8-10 point lead and that’s all she wrote. now, even mediocre offense can erase double digit lead in 5 mins ( 2011 season). i agree, defense doesnt look great, but if i had to choose a side to struggle, rather it be defense. just not many teams out there that will have defenses that can win them games. kelly gets that offense where we hope he can, see 8-8 as good possibility.

          • All In Eagles

            Agree, give me the struggling D over O. I hate to daydream as I’ve been caught doing it for the last 2 years but I have to believe the D will get more pressure this year from the line. Of course this will help everyone and somewhat mask the ineptitude of our secondary (they actually worry me), don’t kill me but I’m starting to think letting DRC walk was a mistake. So many times I recall yelling at the screen, ‘get him!’ ‘he has all day!’ when watching us on D. Fingers crossed for the reemergence of pressure being generated from our line.

    • G_WallyHunter

      to add to this, I think since 2002 or so as well, 25% of teams that have finished 6-10 or worse, have made the playoffs the next season. Crazy stat

  • THROW UP IN THE HUDDLE

    Hoping Vick gets killed so foles can start … But at the same time I hope he goes OFF ( running, passing, reading Defense)… I don’t kno what’s wrong with me. *drops to knees and pray*

    • nicksaenz1

      Damn man, I’m on the Foles wagon n all but that’s just messed up.

    • All In Eagles

      Haha, completely unnecessary. I for one want the best man to win, if it’s Vick then so be it. Go Birds!!

      • cliff henny

        yeah, we have enough issues, no rooting aganst ourselves.

  • Jack Waggoner

    One thing to keep in mind about some of our players drafted in the last few years who may not have showed anything yet… they have so far played for so many different DCs and position coaches that there has been no stability. Furthermore, there has not been a cohesive defensive scheme for the most part. Now they are changing into a radically different scheme.

    What I’m saying is that even more patience than usual is called for with some of these guys. A few of them may turn out to be decent players.

  • Jack Waggoner

    When you’re playing with the third string, you need to stand out (in a good way). If you do you earn the opportunity to get a look with the second string. Sure, you’re working with lesser talent on your side, but most likely your opponent is also playing lesser talent on theirs. (And if they’re not, it’s an even bigger opportunity for you.)

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    WOW.

    What a witty rejoinder. How long did it take for you to think that up?

  • Dr Rick

    We should be able to get a decent look at his decision making and ability to move, and see if he holds onto the ball too long, makes dumb throws, or any of the other fatal mistakes.

    I think a lot of his issues relate to maturity, both in his words and in his skills. For the birds sake I hope he plays really well and that smart words come out of his mouth.

  • theycallmerob

    Hopefully, more than results, the coaches can glean better insight into his decision-making; accuracy and timing; grasp and control of offense; and ability to face all of that “under fire” from a pass rush. If he seems to run the scheme well, that will naturally translate to better results/stats with the 1′s.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    like about 5 seconds…im pretty quick

  • pkatz

    Some people say USC = University of Spoiled Children.

  • cliff henny

    i didnt like Manziel 4 months ago, thought he was too much of a street baller for nfl, now i’m hoping he’s not even on kelly’s radar. doubt anyone who visits this site hates USC more than me. i lived out in LA during Carroll’s tenure, it was beyond annoying. but Barkley is everything you want in a qb, if he can get an NFL arm. kelly is doing te right thing, this kid needs year of limited pressure and time time build up.

  • Roasty

    Great QB’s make their WR’s good and not the other way around. Brady, Manning and Brees have all made no name receivers great. If he was playing that good, it would not matter who he was throwing to, period. That’s why it drove me crazy when they used to say how McNabb had “no good receivers”.

  • EaglePete

    okay but lets not forget, that article already came out and he got heat for it. This is just sort of rehashing that same quote in a passive sentence, its not like hes out there repeating these lines. The above quotes regarding his first preseason action dont mention that at all. I get what everyone is saying and dont disagree, just not sure we should harp on it too much. Hes a rookie in the first few months of playing in the NFL. Give it time as he learns how to work the press as well.

  • All In Eagles

    Same here. On the other side, not to be a Debbie Downer but hoping tomorrow morning I don’t wake up with the ‘I got a sweater for Christmas?’ feeling. I understand it’s a new system, new personnel, new bla bla bla but we must see something from EVERYONE in this game. From the 1′s to the 3′s-4′s there must be that feeling that they can compete and move the ball and stop the O when needed.

  • Johnny Domino

    Root for chaos.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Ya I’m tempering my expectations lol… if tonight is a mess then it’s a mess, first preseason game, no need to jump to bad conclusions.
    I want to see Vick shine, Kendricks shine, and Barkley show something in 2nd and 3rd, to name a few things. Like you said, it’d be nice to see something from everyone..

  • JofreyRice

    naaaah, no way. I’m pretty bearish on the Eagles this year, but I always immensely enjoy watching them play the game, and there is so much to learn about them now. Maybe the only exception in recent memory was the Giants finale last year–mostly everyone had thrown in the towel, that was painful to watch.

  • All In Eagles

    True, I’ll temper as well. It’s the first game, just give me 2-3 bright spots and let’s see more in the next 3 weeks.

  • All In Eagles

    I wouldn’t say I’m bearish, more indifferent. I do care about winning this season but I won’t be the one to scream murder when things don’t work out or completely collapse. Now, the last few years (besides 2010), I was screaming bloody murder when Reid toyed with my emotions critical game after critical game but CK has a few years of leeway until I start calling the police. If they play sound football and don’t turn the ball over at atrocious rates and still lose? Then fine, I’ll accept it.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    lol.

    No arguments from me on that.

  • G_WallyHunter

    exactly, 2 or 3 or 10 bright spots and no more than 1 or 2 dark spots lol… but I suspect the D may have a few dark spots on their own

  • EaglePete

    haha nice, Ill vote for just Nick Dynamite if it works out that hes any good.