Craig LaBan enjoys much of what he eats from chef Yun Fuentes’s menu at Society Hill Society. In particular he enjoys brunch and the fresh Pilsner Urquel.
His ode to pierogi are delicate, their handmade sour cream dumpling skins stuffed with truffled mashed potatoes over molasses-sweetened Vidalia onion jam. He tapas-izes chicken pot pie, tucking a creamy velouté of leg meat, carrots, and peas into croquette sticks that would please even the toughest Amish Spaniard. His summer peach soup is simply a gazpacho-good tribute to ripe local summer fruit, the sweet pureed peaches tanged with a hint of vinegar and garlic, sparked with salty bits of shaved ham and tiny floating spheres of creamy goat cheese.
Two Bells – Very Good
For another opinion on this Society Hill restaurant, read Trey Popp’s review of Society Hill Society from the October issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Society Hill Society inspired by the past [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Guest bartender Sacha Durham, of Amada, will be joining Stephen Seibert behind the bar at Society Hill Society tonight in whipping up some weird but must-try cocktails. Enjoy the creations from 7 p.m. until close.
Industry folks get a 20% discount tonight at Society Hill, as well as every other Tuesday night, with proof of employment.
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417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Sitting on narrow Gaskill Street (a quieter alternative to neighboring South Street), this three-story row house in Society Hill enjoys a modern/vintage design with its hardwood floors, exposed red brick, and new ceiling fans. A new air conditioner was also added in 2012.
In the kitchen you’ll find SS appliances, marble countertops, and exposed wood beams; second floor contains the only bathroom, while the third includes a second bedroom with custom-shelved closet. There’s also a sunken landing on the first floor and private back patio.
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Two homes, both alike in dignity in fair Society Hill where we lay our scene… Alike in dignity, indeed. These two homes, which sit side by side on the 300 block of South Third Street, are on the market, and I can’t decide whether it might have been an amusing happenstance the neighbors laughed off or if there’s underlying tension regarding who sells their home first and at what price.
Or maybe it’s no big deal. (Although, this thread on the etiquette of listing at the same time as your neighbor begs to differ.)
What the two have in common is an interior that’s at odds with their historic facades– but not in a bad way. They both appear as modern as the younger properties in Graduate Hospital, while still preserving charming historical notes. For example…
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Society Hill Society | Photo by Courtney Apple
In the annals of faint praise, neighborhood restaurant is a peculiar epithet. People usually apply it to the places that make them feel most welcome. Yet it’s a dismissive classification—not just because it implies that a place merits only limited attention, but because it suggests that one neighborhood restaurant is more or less interchangeable with any other. Warm hospitality, a menu that’s not trying to reinvent the wheel, consistent cooking, and bang—your Brewerytown pals are all, “Why can’t somebody open a place like this by us?”
Nobody would ask that about Society Hill Society, because Reed Barrow has remade the old Artful Dodger into a public house that looks like pints have been sliding across its hammered copper bar since the first bricks were laid on Headhouse Square (and only lately, eclectic cocktails). Locally crafted spindle chairs and coarse-grained chestnut soak up the warm light of yellow globe fixtures on patched plaster ceilings. The upper bar shelves hold objects so random, it seems they must have taken decades to accrue. Is that a femur wedged in next to the ship captain’s hat?
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This high-ceilinged Society Hill townhouse has a traditional facade that hides a mix of modern and historic elements. The kitchen has Viking stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and backsplash, Shaker-style wood cabinets, and limestone flooring. The formal dining and living rooms have crown molding and wood floors. There’s a breakfast room that leads out to the red brick garden.
The second floor has the master suite, a rear library with built-ins, and a small deck. Another deck is possible right off the stairs leading to the third floor, where two bedrooms share a marble bathroom. A fourth bedroom with a bathroom and bonus open area can be found on the fourth floor. The lower level has a media room.
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Adam Erace reviews the pop-up Independence Beer Garden and offers tips for where and when to hang out but skewers the food, save what comes with cheese curds.
But don’t miss the cheese curds, light little poufs of tempura-fried Vermont goodness served with sweet, smoky tomato jam, the marinara to these new-school mozzarella sticks.
At Independence Beer Garden, a democratic menu of bar fare [City Paper]
Independence Beer Garden [Foobooz]
The Franklin Flea Summer Market is happening this Saturday, August 16th, and it’ll be full of vintage pieces, music, and food. Oh so much food. In fact, this month’s event is the largest one yet, when it comes to the food.
We just got the lineup of the 13 vendors that will be satisfying your cravings and we’re not sure where to start. Maybe with the Watermelon-Basil Lemonade? Or the Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa? Perhaps the S’mores Cups and Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cheesecake baked in the center? The list goes on, so be sure to stop by between 10am – 5pm and enjoy all of the market’s offerings.
Franklin Flea Market will be located at the McCall Schoolyard in Society Hill. (325 S. 7th Street between Spruce and Pine Streets).
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For today’s installment of the DIY recipe round-up we’re finishing up with a classic. A mojito. Paul McDonald of Society Hill Society shared his spin on the summer classic. We’re not only fans of the name, Quasimohido, but the cucumber syrup which offers a fresh flavor that isn’t typical to this summertime favorite. The prep time for this drink might be a little longer than you’re used to, but you won’t regret it when you’re down the shore with drink in hand.
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In a city where founders left history on practically every block in some neighborhoods, Stephen Girard still stands out. The guy stuck around Philadelphia during two separate yellow fever outbreaks to help the sick and dying. And then he personally bailed out the government to ensure the Americans would win the War of 1812. He provided for the city’s orphans in his will, establishing Girard College (for background on the school’s eventual desegregation as well as a fascinating story about the perimeter wall, check out Hidden City). Society Hill still bears reminders of the philanthropist, especially on Spruce Street.
This enormous home was built by Girard in 1831 and has since been restored and preserved. The listing claims in excess of 4,200 square feet but the agent’s notes tell us it’s closer to 5,200 square feet. In short, it’s huge. There are plenty of period details (the usual plaster, pine floors and winding stairs found throughout Society Hill). Our favorite is the actual King of Prussia marble in the fireplaces.The home itself has four bedrooms and four full baths.
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