Goat Hollow is the bar you want, in the neighborhood you want. Mount Airy is known for its diversity, with black, white, young, old, rich and otherwise, all seeming to get along better than anywhere else in Philadelphia. On a busy Wednesday night, a middle-aged black couple enjoys some wine and entrées, an elderly couple gets leftover salad boxed to go, and a group of young professionals debates California IPA vs. American Brown Ale. The other end of the bar is held down by off-duty Philadelphia firemen unwinding.
I score a bar seat, select the Sorachi Ace from the list of 20 taps, and get to ordering. First up, the Goat Hollow mussels with tasso ham, caramelized onions and wit beer, prepared well, with good spice from the tasso and plump, clean mussels. Just the kind of thing you would expect from chef Adam Glickman, who made his mark at Monk’s Cafe. One of the burgers was reminiscent of Monk’s as well, prepared to a perfect medium rare and topped with drunken mushrooms and melted gruyère. Another beer or three were ordered, because who would be in a rush to leave such a warm, welcoming place?
300 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
First appeared in the April 2013 edition of Philadelphia magazine