We’ve all been there: You go to happy hour, “but just for one drink, you guys!” Before you know it, you are basically a pitcher of margaritas in (hey, it happens to the best of us) and this close to going H.A.M on a plate of nachos — “extra cheese, please.”
It’s fine. Happy hour happens.
That said, a few months back when Philly-based dietitian Jenna Stranzl dished on how dietitians hack happy hour, one of her main points was to be careful when it comes to happy hour snacks. The best way to do that, in our opinion? Pick a happy hour spot that offers some healthier happy hour food options. That way,
if when you do end up ordering a snack, you can spring for something on the healthy side. If you can name zero places with healthy happy hour food options, not to worry: Below, 10 Philly happy hours that healthy eaters need to know about. Read up, make a date with your happy hour crew this week, and thank us when you don’t wake up filled with regret (and queso fundido).
Cinder was not my favorite restaurant when I reviewed it back in February. It eked out two stars (mostly on the strength of its bar and a couple of the snacks being put out by the kitchen), but never really seemed like a place that knew precisely what it wanted to be.
But now that, apparently, has changed.
I did not love Suga when I reviewed it last year. It was confusing, inconsistent, and it didn’t seem to know exactly what kind of restaurant it wanted to be.
But you know what? I’ve never stopped thinking about the place. While a lot of restaurants I go to pass immediately into my rearview the minute I’m done reviewing them (because it’s always time to move onto the next and the next and the next), Suga did not. I was weirdly fascinated by the dishes (grilled asparagus with broccoli mousse, Shanxi pasta with lamb ragu, maitake mushroom ravioli) being done by Susanna Foo, her son Gabriel and the crew in their kitchen, and have never stopped wondering what they were going to try next.
Speaking of which…
When you think of dietitians, you might think we all steer clear of alcohol at all costs. I am here to tell you, that is not the case. We, too, are human and like enjoying a drink here and there with our friends. And — while many of us are guilty of doing keg stands and nursing horrible hangovers the next day (we all have our moments, right?) — for the most part, we try to drink responsibly and with health in mind.
My point: You don’t have to skip out on happy hour all the time to be healthy. To help you hack your happy hours so that they won’t put a huge dent in your healthy lifestyle, I chatted with some of my fellow dietitian friends to ask them what they reach for at happy hour. Here, your dietitian-backed guide to a healthier happy hour. (And while you’re at it, take note of these Philly happy hour spots for healthy eaters!)
The Trestle Inn has long been a go-to whiskey bar for the Foobooz World HQ staff and accomplices. Last month, they made drinking here an even more attractive proposition with an oversized regular happy hour, an additional late-night happy hour, plus some nice specials for those making the trek out to Callowhill.
The good news? What was originally a November promotion (called, weirdly, “Newember”) has now been extended into December (probably because the name still technically applies) and beyond. We’ve got all the details below, including on their coffee cocktail–not a hot drink, but still one that comes caffeinated, which is always nice.
The lounge at the still brand new Scarpetta inside the Rittenhouse Hotel has begun happy hour and it offers 50% off all beer, cocktails and wines by the glass. There is also a bar menu of plates and crostini ranging from $5 to $14.
The cocktails include classics and newfangled concoctions that will rotate seasonally. Look for some holiday cocktails in the next few weeks.
If you’ve been binge eating ALL the pumpkin-spice everything while binge watching How to Get Away With Murder for, oh, the past week or so, you are not alone. But it’s about time we all start taking advantage of this beautiful fall weather and, you know, go outside. And we’ve got the perfect reason for you to do just that: This Thursday, October 6th, our friends at Barre3’s soon-to-open Center City studio will be holding two outdoor barre classes at Center City’s Commerce Square. And oh yeah, did we mention they’re both FREE? Yep, that’s right‚ all you need to bring is a yoga mat.
Lou Bird’s–the new restaurant in the old Meritage space, opened by Norris and Debbie Jordan of the Happy Rooster–has been getting some solid, early love from Philadelphia. Which isn’t really all that surprising since it has Natalie Maronski (ex of Volver) in the kitchen and Josh Jenkins (former manager at Dandelion) working the floor.
But now, they’re trying to make their little neighborhood bistro even more neighborhood-y by adding a happy hour.