The South Philly Review takes a look at the recently reopened and re-imagined Bootsies at 38 S. 19th Street. Although Bootsie’s bills itself as Mediterranean, the menu is almost exclusively Italian.
There were 13 entrées and two specials. Bootsie’s was out of the fresh grilled fish of the day, which would have been my choice, so I settled on the crabcakes ($22). On a scale of one to 10, they were a seven. I received two patties fashioned from jumbo lump crabmeat mixed with the right touch of seasonings and a little filler. They were creamy inside and topped with squiggles of aioli, the famous French garlic mayonnaise. Even though they were sautéed, they should have been crispy and golden on the outside. My dinner came with boiled rice and sautéed spinach.
One-and-a-half tips of the toque to Bootsie’s.