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- Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
- 918 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 00000
- Phone: 215-545-5790
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- Cuisine: Gastropub
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
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I’ve gotten better service at the DIY froyo place off South Street than I did at SoWe. One Saturday night, I made a reservation for 8:15. The table wasn’t ready then, so our party of four was ushered outside, where we waited five minutes for a server, and then another 10 minutes for the drinks she forgot to bring us. The cocktails were comped, which almost made up for the fact that it was nearly 9 p.m. when we were finally seated—at a hastily arranged table outside the dining room, next to the bar, with broken hinges that kept knocking big flanks of wood against our knees. After the move, our food was brought out at random. My mussels and mac-and-cheese gratin were delivered simultaneously, while my friend’s starter soup came after her tuna tartare. Oh, and then our waiter decided to argue with us when we raised objections. If the food had been exceptional, the nonstop horrific service might have been forgiven. Alas, it was not.
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
So sure, you could go out tonight and pay for your dinner like a sucker. Or you could head over to G-Ho’s SoWe where they’re celebrating their first anniversary by giving away the house to anyone who makes it through the door.
So what’s on the giveaway list? How ’bout free sliders from the kitchen (burger, pork belly, chick pea fritter, meatball, chicken mole and vegan reuben varieties), free draft beers from the bar, free samples of the new chocolate bacon bourbon adult milkshakes being mixed up by bar manager Craig Steel (yes that’s his real name, but you can make fun of him anyway) and free homemade mini ice cream sandwich cookies from chef Jenn Choplin.
Or, you know, you could go and pay for a 20-piece order of chicken McNuggets and go eat them alone in your dark apartment. Your call.
Hey, speaking of Justin Swain, SoWe Bar & Kitchen has just introduced their new collaborative dinner series, which features the Rex 1516 chef as the first guest chef this Sunday, April 21. The kitchen will be serving an innovative four-course prix-fixe menu created by Swain and executed by him, SoWe’s regular chef, Jenn Choplin and the SoWe crew.
This is part of a special collaborative dinner series featuring up-and-coming sous chefs (and star bartenders) preparing their best drinks and dishes for diners. This special event will be held every third Sunday of the month for the rest of the year with a rotating line-up of chefs and bartenders.
Check out Swain’s inaugural menu after the jump