Trestle Inn Has a Menu of Hot Toddys

trestle-toddys-trestle-innThis past Saturday we enjoyed more than one Hot Toddy at the local bar and made a note then to drink more Hot Toddys. And now comes word that the Trestle Inn has a whole menu of Hot Toddy’s for the season and best of all, they are named for members of the Village People.

The Toddys are designed by bartender Katie Loeb and are available Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Gastronaut: Hey Santa …

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Dear Santa,

First things first, I have to thank you for being so good to Philadelphia since the last time I wrote you. I asked for a lot of things on behalf of the city last year — outdoor drinking and BYOs and soup and more delivery options — and you came through in spades.

This year, my requests for Philly are a little bit darker. Rather than asking for things we need, I’m asking for things to go away. This is mostly because we’ve had such a good year already, and because our neighborhoods are so full of amazing restaurants and chefs doing the best work of their careers. Hard as it might be to say, what Philly is due for is a cull. To keep the scene healthy. And Santa, sometimes hard choices need to be made.

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Two Bells for Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange

grain-exchange-interior-940Craig LaBan visits Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange in Mount Airy and finds a restaurant and bar that is elevating food and cocktails on Germantown Avenue.

For $18, a slice of sustainably raised Verlasso salmon, nicely seared over buttery barley risotto studded with diced sweet potatoes, is one of the best fish bargains I’ve tasted in a while. A handsomely roasted acorn squash, brimming with flavorful red quinoa sparked by hazelnuts and cranberries, was one of several hearty seasonal salads that anchor the menu’s starters. A hot skillet of Anson Mills grits came topped with tender shrimp, pickled cherry tomatoes, and house-made sausage, a satisfying $17 meal of Southern comfort.

Two Bells – Very Good

Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Drink: Honey Bear at Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange [Facebook]

Where We’re Eating: Lloyd

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The Rye Old Fashioned is $6 during happy hour.

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Philadelphia is getting a handle on destination cocktail bars. But neighborhood spots that can shake up a tight cocktail as well as pour a local craft beer are still a bit hard to come by. Lloyd does both quite well, especially during the 5 p.m.-to-8 p.m. happy hour, when a cocktail is always on special for $6 and the drafts are $4. Lloyd’s signature cocktails and its classics will have you nodding appreciatively at the skill of the bartender and the quality and price of the spirits. But happy-hour snacking? That was a miss. The ramp butter popcorn was way out of season in September — not to mention overly oniony and stale. And the impossible-to-resist (on paper) candied kielbasa was also a complete letdown — just disks of sausage sitting sadly in a pool of maple syrup. Lucky for Lloyd, the bartenders remained attentive, and the drinks were worth sticking around for even after happy hour ended.

Lloyd [Foobooz]

Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine

Warm Up with Fette Sau Happy Hour

fette-06I’ve had a flyer for Fette Sau’s happy hour on my desk for at least a month. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to post about their half-price beer,$5 Manhattans and $4 burnt end sandwiches that the Fishtown barbecue joint offers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And with today’s cold and rainy weather, hot barbecue and warming whiskey seems like the only reason to venture out.

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V Street Is Now Open

Lima Mist Cocktail at V Street

Lima Mist Cocktail at V Street

V Street’s first Instagram photo announces that the vegan bar from Vedge’s Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby is now open. The bar is located at 126 S 19th Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. The attractive spot serves a menu of small plates, influenced by street food from around the world.

UPDATE: V Street will not be open tonight, Friday, October 17th but will have its grand opening tomorrow.

V Street [Foobooz]

Ranstead Room has a New Cocktail Menu… And It Includes Egg and Monkey Gland

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Ranstead Room, behind El Rey on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street,  recently released their new fall and winter cocktail menu. Of the more interesting choices on the menu is the Ichabod Flip, made with scotch, port, egg yolk and pumpkin beer and the Monkey Gland, for those of you who want a real nice kick delivered by gin and absinthe.

Check out the full menu below; but even if you can’t decide, there’s the always in season, Bartender’s Choice.

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Cocktail Contenders Take the Stage at High Steaks Competition

high-steaks-logoThis Sunday at the High Steaks! Philadelphia Cheesesteak and Cocktail Competition, in addition to the cheesesteak competition outside of Square 1682 on Sansom Street, there will also be a cocktail competition.

The bar talent includes Mariko Honda of a.kitchen + bar, Bess Gulliver and Nicholas Brozek of Crow and the Pitcher, Colin O’Neill of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Lindsey Krueger of Oyster House, Dan Lan Hamm of 1 Tippling Place, and Kyle Darrow of Red Owl Tavern. The six cocktail competitors are battling for the title anointed by the cocktail judges, as well as the People’s Choice title.

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V Street Shares Menu

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Rich Landau is in the final stretch for his about to open V Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. Landau is promising V Street will be a vegan street food bar because “you just can’t get a good Langos or Jallab in Philly.”

The menu is broken down into “Street Snacks (papdums with whipped dal), “Market” plates (langos with sauerkraut puree and smoked chioggia beets) and “Hot Pots,” (funky kimchee stew) sections. Inspiration comes from street food from around the world. Landau promises bold flavors and lots of spice.

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It’s the 2014 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia

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Bob & Barbara’s | Photo by Trevor Dixon

We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.

Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers

13 bars are new to the list from last year.

18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.

Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years.

A.bar was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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