Field Guide: 25 Philadelphia Bars and Restaurants With Fireplaces

Fireplace at the Dandelion | Photo by Starr Restaurants

Fireplace at the Dandelion | Photo by Starr Restaurants

Know what the best thing about winter is? Snow days. And just because you’re a grown-up now doesn’t mean that you can’t have them occasionally, too. While we certainly understand that big storms (like the one that hitting the region this weekend) can be serious business, we here at Foobooz World HQ understand that once the worst of the snow has passed, what people really need is to climb out of their pillow forts, throw off their blankets, and to go somewhere warm and cozy to congratulate themselves on weathering the storm.

So with that in mind, we have assembled this list of 24 bars in the area that have a roaring fireplace (and an adult beverage or two) waiting for you. So now be safe, be responsible, and get out there and enjoy your snow day.

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Bella Vista Lot to Swap Parking for Million Dollar Mansions

Rendering via The McCann Team

Rendering via The McCann Team/JKRP Architects

It looks like more million dollar homes are coming to Bainbridge Street in Bella Vista. This time, it’s with a project developed by National Realty & Investment Advisors (NRIA) called Bedford Estates.

As Naked Philly points out, the McCann Team has published an information packet that shows 7 large homes replacing the Patriot Parking lot at 7th and Bainbridge, adjacent to the Good King Tavern.

According to a site plan in the packet, four homes will front 7th Street, two will front Kater Street and one large L-shaped pad will be placed on Bainbridge Street. The grouping modern day mansions made of brick and metal bays will share an interior parking lot, which looks to be access via Bainbridge Street.

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Trinity Tuesday: Snuggle Up Next to This Wood Burning Fireplace in Bella Vista

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The weather in Philly has been funny lately. One day, it’s 65 degrees and sunny, and the next one is blustery with a chance of actual snow! Yo-yoing temps mean that it’s critical to have a versatile place that keeps you warm in the winter and also cools you down during those hazy, hot and humid days.

This tucked away trinity home on a cul-de-sac-like stretch of Darien Street in Bella Vista does just that, thanks in large part to its wood burning fireplace (with lovely tile accents) and the central air conditioning.

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The Boot Is Back: Boot & Saddle Glows on Broad

Photo by Pat Hoban

Photo by Pat Hoban

The Boot & Saddle’s two-story sign has been reinstalled at Broad and Ellsworth. Foobooz reader Pat Hoban snapped the above picture over the weekend.

The sign was originally set to be relit in June but Len Davidson, who restored the sign and hundreds of other neon signs that make up his Philadelphia Neon Museum collection, determined more work was needed.

When the Boot & Saddle reopened almost two years ago, the restoration of the sign was a condition of the Boot & Saddle getting its liquor license endorsed by the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association.

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Trinity Tuesday: Furnished Rental so Close to Sabrina’s That you Might not Have to Wait in Line

Images via Postlets

Images via Postlets

The rental market is all the rage in Philly right now, as flashy new buildings are being built throughout the city to accommodate for the growing number of people who want to get in on the action of urban living.

But what if you’re looking for a place right now (or January 1) that also has that authentic Philly character? Boom. Does it get any better than a super cute trinity home in the Italian Market just step from the celebrated Sabrina’s Cafe? Nope!
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The Gravy Train: Coeur Reviewed

The bar and vintage Admiral TV at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel

The bar at Coeur | Photo by Emily Teel

The first time I went to Coeur, there was no poutine on the menu, and I was pissed. I mean, this place—opened in September by Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida and Brendan Kelly, who also run the decidedly non-Canadian Local 44, Strangelove’s and Memphis Taproom—was supposed to be a Montreal-inspired gastropub, and I’m pretty sure there’s a law that says if you name-check Montreal anywhere in the description of your restaurant, you have to have poutine.

Hell, even the faintest whiff of Canadian-ness in your restaurant (a maple tree growing within sight of the front door; chef went to Toronto on a sixth-grade field trip; owner’s cousin likes the Edmonton Oilers) and you should probably have poutine on the board just to be safe. But when you self-identify as the Montreal-iest restaurant in all of Philadelphia, there should be no question because poutine is to Montreal as cheesesteaks are to Philly—a city-defining dish, local blue-collar bar grub gone international, and the best possible argument for socialized medicine.

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Paesano’s Offering Scrapple Cheesesteak Seen on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods

Peter McAndrews' Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.

Peter McAndrews’ Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.

Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.

The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.

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Someone Has Bought Dana Spain’s Mediterranean Villa Home in South Philly

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

Holy moly, the day has finally come: someone has bought that mysterious manse at Fitzwater and Marshall Streets in Bella Vista.

But hold on a second there, reader. If you’ve been following along on Property, or have been one of the lucky people fortunate enough to have been invited to step foot inside the Mediterranean villa-inspired home, you’ve known exactly who’s lived there for the past few years: local developer and branding queen – not to mention Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society founder and former Philadelphia Style COO and would-be mayoral candidate – Dana Spain.

The Philly business maven originally listed her South Philly property early last year for a whopping $4.25 million. This past April, it was reduced to $3.75 million and, now, we’ve gotten word that the home got a third price cut, which eventually led to its purchase in a deal that closed on Friday.

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La Casa de tu Madre Opens in Bella Vista


La Casa de tu Madre – Spanish for “The House of Your Mother,” is open in Bella Vista.

La Casa de tu Madre opened yesterday at the corner of 8th and Fitzwater Streets. The former Growlers is still owned by Jason Evenchik and his team that is also behind Heritage, Garage, Bar and Time but now the space has been converted into a Mexican bar.

Chef Michael Thomas remains from the Growlers day, now overseeing a menu of nachos, tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Nothing on the menu exceeds $15 and the bar has a list of craft beers on draft plus a tight cocktail menu. The bar also has more than 20 types of tequila available and a selection of five or six mezcals.

La Casa de tu Madre opens on weekdays at 5 p.m., noon on weekends. Happy hour runs weekdays, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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