Red Owl Tavern has a couple big things happening this month.
First, they have a new exec chef overseeing the kitchen. Caitlin Mateo (that’s her up there) is ex of Square 1682 and the Turney/Safran empire, and has now taken over the top gig at Red Owl in the Hotel Monaco. Currently, she’s tweaking dishes on the current menu at Red Owl and running specials to test new dishes that she’s planning on adding to the board when she launches all new menus in the first week of January.
Also, she came on board just in time to ramp things up for Red Owl’s 2nd annual “Month of 1,000 Pies.”
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Looking for a way to make Mondays a little more fun and a little less (to put it nicely) horrible? Red Owl Tavern might have to solution.
Every Monday this summer, the restaurant at the Hotel Monaco will be dishing out traditional clambakes with a whole lobster, clams, mussels, and shrimp. The exciting news? It is only $25. If you miss Monday, Red Owl Tavern will also offer the special Tuesday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
And if that isn’t quite enough for you, they will also be offering a dozen oysters and a bottle of wine for $33 all summer long.
Red Owl Tavern [Foobooz]
Pecan pie at Percy Street
So there’s less than a week left until Thanksgiving … and you still aren’t ready. Maybe you have a good excuse, or maybe you’re just the type of person who always leaves your plans or your food contribution to the last moment – and even then, you just show up with booze. (Not that there’s anything wrong with showing up with booze.) Whatever the case, we’ve got some truly great ideas and last-minute lifesavers. Whether you’re still trying to find something special to bring to party, or desperately looking for a place to get a table for eight, this guide is for you. Read more »
Hate to cook and struggling with what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner? Make yourself look like a star (and provide some conversational topics to fill awkward moments) by bringing a pie from Red Owl Tavern. From now until Thanksgiving Day, Red Owl will donate a pie to Philabundance for every pie it sells.
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Red Owl Tavern is hosting a whiskey pairing dinner on December 3rd, partnering with local rye distiller Dad’s Hat.
On the food side, there’s a 4-course prix fixe meal at $70 per person, and it begins at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome beverage and hors d’oeurves. Following that, each course will include a different cocktail featuring, you guessed it, rye whiskey, as well as a pure tasting of the base liquor in each–which is really the most important part of this whole thing.
Oh, and of course we have the menu for you. too.
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So we really can’t complain any more about the whole pumpkin beer thing because now, with a few leaves on the ground and the seasons actually changing, autumn beers finally seem appropriate. Or, if not appropriate, at least more appropriate than they were in, say, mid-August on a 90-degree night.
Anyway, Red Owl Tavern is blowing it out tonight with a Fall Equinox Tap Takeover featuring nothing but autumnal brews–pumpkin beers, ciders, even a pear wheat.
They actually tapped the six kegs of pumpkin beer at 10am this morning. So, if you’ve somehow been holding out this long against the overwhelming tide, this is your moment. Get over to the Red Owl and start drinking now.
And we’ve even got the tap list
As a way to put the final knife in the back of this wretched winter, the Red Owl Tavern is celebrating the Ides of March with a well-curated dark beer tap takeover. It starts tomorrow, Friday the 14th, and will run straight through the weekend with local and national craft beers at the bar.
So what will you be drinking? I’m so glad you asked. They’ve got Philadelphia Brewing’s Joe Porter for starters, Shawnee Black IPA, Founders Reserve Breakfast Stout, Southern Tier 2X Milk Stout and then Sly Fox Nihilist Imperial Stout to round out the list. So if you’re a fan of beers that drink like a meal–or if you really just need a drink or seven to get through this last terrible stretch of cold and ice–check ’em out this weekend.
Red Owl Tavern [f8b8z]
Photo by Jim Graham
Craig LaBan’s Year in Bells came out last weekend. The annual feature includes some revisits to restaurants reviewed earlier and the announcement of a Chef of the Year award.
The Saint James in Ardmore, which was skewered a year ago in its initial review has now been upgraded to a single bell (hit-or-miss). Citron & Rose, which lost its partnership with Michael Solomonov and his Zahav team maintained its two-bells, based on the strength of new chef, Karen Nicolas.
Tiffin Bistro and Red Owl Tavern rounded out the revisites. Each managed to hang on to their one bell ratings but frankly, each sounded lucky to have done so.
Chef Eli Kulp, who came to Fork and High Street on Market from New York’s Torrisi Italian Specialties was named Chef of the Year. LaBan said of Kulp’s cooking, “his knack for unexpected combos and rustic techniques (offbeat pastas, fermenting, charcuterie) produced grand presentations like his whole-duck feast – a multi-part poultry masterpiece that was among the best birds (and meatballs) I’ve ever eaten.”
Craig LaBan’s Year in Bells [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Red Owl Tavern couldn’t put it all together for Trey Popp as the restaurant in the Hotel Monaco was the definition of hit-or-miss.
Such was the pattern: a few things to like in a dish, and then something else that marred it. Luscious house-made pastrami sandwiched in flaccid “grilled naan” without char. Exquisitely cooked sheepshead snapper over an underseasoned cassoulet. A dynamite linguica sausage—arranged on awkwardly oversized toast bites. A deep liquor list but completely forgettable cocktails. Even the beet pasta I loved at Square 1682 was gummy here. And service was a roll of the dice: swift and candid one night, clueless and interminable another.
One Star – Fair
Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Culinary Fumbles at Red Owl Tavern [Philadelphia magazine]
Red Owl Tavern [Official Site]
Photo by Courtney Apple
“No matter where you go, there you are.”
A review typically requires more than one sentence, but when it comes to describing most hotel restaurants, Buckaroo Banzai’s eight-word epigram does the trick perfectly. Whether the rooms upstairs have a view of Central Park, Biscayne Bay or east Market Street, the dining room might as well be in Cleveland. There’ll be steak and salmon, a blue-chip wine list, and barely a whiff of whatever city lies beyond the doors.
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