City Paper handed out their annual Choice Awards today and there’s plenty of food fodder to pour over. We especially enjoyed “Best Way to Ruin our Late-Night Burger/Beer Sessions.”
Grace Tavern (2229 Grays Ferry Ave., 215-893-9580, gracetavern.com) was a little bar with a great beer list, a kitchen open until 2 a.m. and plenty of open tables â€” until Philadelphia Weekly ruined everything. Last spring, they rated Grace the city’s best bar. Now, the best kegs are kicked, you can’t hear yourself talk and the seats that always awaited you are filled with noobs who don’t realize they should replace the fries with the green beans.
Choice Awards ’08 (Food & Drink) [City Paper]
In the Metro today, The Bite takes a look at some foods that get people skeeved and where to give them another shot.
- Peas at Pub & Kitchen
- Mushrooms at Marigold Kitchen
- Mayonnaise at Grace Tavern
- Broccoli Rabe at DiNic’s
Picky eater? Dare to revisit iffy dishes [metro philadelphia]
Philadelphia Weekly names the top 50 bars in Philadelphia and all in all we like the list. Might have something to do with PW actually asking for our opinion on the matter.
The Top 10:
- Grace Tavern
- N. 3rd
- Good Dog
- Sugar Mom’s
- McMenamin’s Tavern
- Standard Tap
- Royal Tavern
- For Pete’s Sake
- Oscar’s Tavern
- Raven Lounge
Philly’s Top 50 Bars [Philadelphia Weekly]
And where does Michael Nutter dine on the night before the election? You might guess he’s rubbing elbows with big wigs at a Broad Street steakhouse like the Palm or Capital Grille but we spotted him having a couple of sausages at Grace Tavern!
Philadelphia Weekly’s Lush Life asks if there is a problem that alcohol can’t fix. Then reads Cocktail Therapy: The Perfect Prescription for Lifeâ€™s Many Crises and heads over to Grace Tavern to see if daytime bartender Lulu has any extra wisdom to doll out.
A Shot in the Dark [Philadelphia Weekly]
Grace Tavern [My Space]
Grace Tavern has a couple new beers on tap that are certainly worth a trip. The Nodding Head 3Cs Extreme is a hoppy American gold ale that weighs in with 8% alcohol by volume. If hoppy isn’t your thing then try the Troegs Naked Elf, a stripped down version of Troegs oh so popular Mad Elf.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey of Phillyist recently left her routine of L2 and the Ten Stone and headed to Grace Tavern at 23rd and South Streets where she tried Grace’s blackened Cajun green beans.
At the suggestion of the L2 bartender, we got burgers. And instead of fries: the blackened cajun green beans. With a spicy remoulade sauce. They were amazingâ€”especially considering that, by the time our food arrived, I was well on my way past tipsy, and food always tastes better with alcohol. Even if it’s crap. These green beans, however? Decidedly not crap. I highly recommend them, even if you’re sober.
There you have it, blackened Cajun green beans, decidedly not crap!
Foodsday Tuesday: Amazing Grace [Phillyist]
Philadelphia bars and restaurants continue to get kudos from national publications.
First it was The Grey Lodge and Southwark being named by Esquire as two of Best Bars in America.
Vetri and Striped Bass cracked Gourmet’s top 50 restaurants. Gayle’s veal stew was named one of the nation’s top ten restaurant dishes of the year by Food & Wine.
Then the Standard Tap and Grace Tavern were featured in Bon Appetit’s January issue on “new American pub food.”
Now McGillin’s Olde Ale House and the Walnut Room have been named in Nightclub & Bar magazine’s top 100 Nightclubs and Bars in the U.S.
Top 100 Nightclubs and Bars for 2007 [Nightclub & Bar Magazine]
McGillin’s Olde Ale House [Official Site]
Walnut Room [Official Site]
Grace Tavern, the “lovingly restored neighborhood bar” now can quench your dessert hankerings with fresh cake. Hot on the heels of being named one of the top gastro-pubs in America by Bon Appetit they have added cake to the menu. Additionally there is now soup available, seafood soup each day we’ve checked.
And Grace Tavern will be opening at noon on Christmas Eve with their second annual Rock and Roll Christmas Eve Bash. Expect cool treats, egg nog, and music from “xmas garage rock” to punk and everywhere in between.
Grace Tavern [MySpace]
Congratulations are in order for the Standard Tap which is heavily referenced in January’s Bon Appetit article on “the New American Pub Food.” Also getting a mention is Grace Tavern. Philadelphia area beers get several plugs as well, with a special nod to Sly Fox.
Sly Fox also got some publicity from Food & Wine Magazine which put Sly Fox’s Phoenix Pale Ale, craft beer in a can at number 11 in their list of “100 Tastes to Try in ’07.”
Philadelphia received some other love in the “100 Tastes” list as Fork’s yuca and taro fries are mentioned under updated French fries, and chef Marc Vetri’s pizzas at the upcoming Osteria is a taste we are certainly looking forward to as well. [100 Tastes to Try in ’07, Food & Wine Magazine]
The James Beard House in New York is getting a taste of Philadelphia this week as Jose Garces of Amada is preparing a Spanish Holiday dinner tomorrow and Michael Duplantis, executive chef of Crescent City will be cooking a Creole Holiday Celebration Dinner on the 23rd. [James Beard Foundation]
Will Delilah’s Southern really replace Bluezette? When Bluezette closed last month it was reported that Delilah Winder’s Old City restaurant and lounge would be reborn Delilah’s Southern. But it turns out the spot had been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since last January and was recently converted to Chapter 7, which requires the liquidation of equipment and assets. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]