- Neighborhood: Queen Village
- 701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
- Phone: 215-238-1888
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- Cuisine: New American
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
The easiest way to tell a bar from a restaurant is by the smell of the men’s room.
I couldn’t keep that thought away from my olfactory nerve during a recent night at Southwark. It had been years since my first time there. And my first time had also been my last. I remember having a fine dinner, but one that failed to cast the spell that so many other folks had fallen under at the then-new, classically styled Queen Village haunt.
In retrospect, that was probably because I’d eaten in the back dining room instead of at the bar, where bartender George Costa was mixing Gibsons and Aviations when the rest of the city was still one big slosh of pink-lemonade Cosmotinis.
Almost ten years later everyone else has caught up—and Costa has moved on—but Southwark is still humming along. It recently installed a new chef, Sam Jacobson, whose previous tenure at Sycamore helped put Lansdowne on the dining map.
In the event that you’ve always wanted to eat cheese, followed by cheese, with a side order of cheese for dinner (and who among us hasn’t?) today’s your chance! The Chester County Cheese Artisans are teaming up with Sam Jacobson, the new chef at Southwark, to bring you exactly that kind of local cheese menu. Cheesemakers from Shellbark Hollow Farm, Birchrun Hills Farm, and Meadowset Farm & Apiary will be on hand to talk about their goat, cow, and sheep’s milk cheeses, respectively, and the menu features their cheeses and those from three other local producers as well. The prix fixe menu is six courses and will run you $45 per person, but you can also order individual dishes a la carte, in the event that you want to stop in to Southwark (number 11 on this year’s list of the 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia) for a great cocktail and a cheese nibble.
Call 215- 238-1888 for reservations.
Michael Klein has the story on some major chef shuffling that’s been happening around town. Aaron Gottesman, who until recently you could spot whipping up lamb dishes behind the counter at the Reading Terminal’s Border Spring Farms is moving on to Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham. Gottesman was a participant in Foobooz’s first ever Open Stove night at Cook. Back then he was planning on working in Jen Carroll’s Concrete Blonde kitchen.