9.08.2008

New Taproom For South Philly…

…Just don’t call it the South Philly Tap Room. We’re not talking about the Newbold bar that just chucked its game menu (and chef) after barely six month. We mean the Taproom on 19th, on the corner of 19th and Ritner in D.S.P. (that’s Deep South Philly, where the old Italian ladies still outnumber the hipsters). Nuisance bar The Spot is, after extensive renovations over the summer, is now a polished gastropub with a distressed brick front, pool table, flat screens and Yards and Magic Hat on tap. Compared to SPTR or Standard Tap, it’s not exactly beer heaven, but the Girard Estate/St. Monica neighborhood (some light Girard Estate reading here) has nothing even remotely like Taproom on 19th. Bakeries? Yes. Pasta? Yes. Beer? No. PhillyBloggers seem intrigued. Word is the owners also own the Green Room in Fairmount, and the chef is last of Django. Fancy! Monthly changing menu featuring mini corn dogs with tiny pickles, pork tacos, grilled corn on the rob with Parmesan and the awesome-sounding and “Chesapeake Bay crab fries with creamy Vermont cheddar, lump crab and green onions.” Wow. Might actually be worth the lawsuit Chickie’s & Pete’s will probably slap them with. Monday Night Football Special: $2 Yuengling bottles, $7 pitchers. It ain’t Dogfish, but it’ll do. Check the rest of the menu below.

From the Taproom’s Kitchen
September ‘08

SMALL
Grilled corn on the cob with truffle butter, Parmesan and sea salt $3
Roasted peanut with chilies and garlic $3
Marinated olives, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers $4
Mini corn dogs, tiny pickles and honey mustard $5

MEDIUM
3 soft spicy pork tacos, queso fresco, avocado, red onion and cilantro, salsa verde $6
Fried mozzarella, marinated heirloom tomatoes, fresh pesto and balsamic $7
Chesapeake Bay crab fries, creamy Vermont cheddar, lump crab and green onions $7
Arrogant chicken wings, chunky bleu cheese dressing and fresh celery $8
Steamed PEI mussels, spicy Italian sausage, sweet garlic, roasted potatoes and white wine $8
Shrimps and crab cocktail, mustard and cocktail sauces $9

LARGE
Chopped salad- grilled chicken, shrimp and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions and balsamic $8
8-ounce fresh ground prime sirloin burger, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions, choice of cheese, house-cut fries $8
Grilled chicken sandwich “BL, T and A”- bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado, house-cut fries $8
Tender porchetta sandwich with roasted peppers, wilted spinach and aged provolone, house-cut fries $8
Grilled filet mignon sandwich, button mushrooms, BBQ onions and horseradish cream, onion rings $10
Grilled garlic chicken breast, rustic fork-mashed potatoes, zucchini $12
Pork chop Milanese, spinach salad with red onion, tomatoes and Parmesan, aged balsamic and olive oil $14
Marinated and grilled prime hanger steak, green beans, roasted shallots, house-cut fries $15

Photo: UnitedNationsofBeer

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ive been there everyday since it opened. The food is amazing and the bar is absolutely Beautiful! Great addition to the niehborhood! CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

They really did the neighborhood a favor by cleaning that place up its nice to see people take pride in their business. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I went last night, with 4 friends, to have dinner and drinks. There was only one other customer, drinking at the bar.

We placed our order, the waitress/bartender returned from the kitchen and requested we cough up $90 something.

They require you to PAY UP FRONT for your meal! Ridiculous.

Needless to say we walked. I can't see this place lasting too long.

Anonymous said...

Was in there last nite they changed paying before the food comes, you can run tabs to now. Sometimes you have to give people a minute to get organized with a new business. Rome wasn't built in a day!

Anonymous said...

REALLY NICE CROWD OF PEOPLE. Alittle mix of everything. We will definitely go back to watch the games.

Anonymous said...

LOWERED PRICES! Was there the girls and asked them about specials and they came up w/ different food and drink specials all week long. Love owners that listen . Steak nite was fantastic and soooo cheap. Why should I cook that guy cooks so much better. LOL Wednesday is cosmo special. Filet and Roast pork sandwich delicious too.

Anonymous said...

THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!! The food is amazing, the bar itself is really, really nice. I love the five 50" plasmas above the bar! Cant get enough of this place. GREAT ADDITION TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

Anonymous said...

Why in god’s name would they call themselves the Taproom ? ? ? Are the owners really that stupid that they had to copy the name of a successful bar just a few blocks away? The owners of that place must be the dumbest humans in the city. They should have just called themselves Chickies and Peters. What a bunch of morons.

Anonymous said...

Why in god’s name would they call themselves the Taproom ? ? ? Are the owners really that stupid that they had to copy the name of a successful bar just a few blocks away? The owners of that place must be the dumbest humans in the city. They should have just called themselves Chickies and Peters. What a bunch of morons.

Anonymous said...

Its a great bar. Stop being ANGRY about a name. Really Taproom is a very commom bar name. They fixed up a crap bar that only brought down the area which by the way has alot of decent people who appreciate the owners for cleaning up a poop box bar. So get a life.