Craftsman Row Saloon has been going through some changes lately. Lot’s of changes, actually. First, there’s just the fact that it exists (in the former home of Coco’s on Jewelers Row) and that new owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris were able to take such a…let’s just say well loved bar and turn it into someplace comfortable for lunch, dinner or cocktails. Then there was the first iteration of the menu (good, but short and heavy on the snacks), a chef change early on (losing the opening chef in favor of Jason Reif who has been running the kitchen for a few months), and now a full-on menu revision has just been launched.
For example, see that over there? That’s the new Stallone burger. Is it a bit heavy-handedly Philadelphian? Sure it is. But it’s also two burgers smashed together, topped with ham, Genoa salami, capicola, sharp provolone and a red pepper relish, so I’m gonna order it anyway. And so will you.
And that’s just the start.
There are a dozen salads on the menu now. Nine different kinds of burgers (including the Stallone). 15 different sandwiches and nearly as many large plates. The bar is doing booze-spiked milkshakes (like the Cherry Lee Lewis with cherry vodka, Disaronno and dark chocolate), new cocktails and a happy hour every day from 4pm to 7pm with $3 beers, $5 wine and cocktails and cheap snacks from the kitchen.
The new appetizer menu is huge, offering everything from cauliflower buffalo wings and nacho-crusted mozzarella sticks to mussels, shrimp cocktail, truffle fries and poutine.
It is, as I said, a top to bottom makeover–as radical a change in the kitchen as was previously done to the space. And frankly, though I liked Coco’s a lot, I also like what the Tsiourises have done with the place. It was a solid lunch and happy hour spot when it re-opened. But now, it looks like Craftsman Row is growing into something else entirely.
Craftsman Row Saloon [f8b8z]