a. kitchen and a. bar sit on the corner of 18th and Walnut. Rittenhouse Square is just 2 crosses of the street away. I was invited to try the lunch at a.bar and I was eager for the opportunity to pretend to be classy for an hour while people watching and possibly day drinking.
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Worn down signs intrigue me. I had biked passed 16th Street Seafood a ton of times, always wondering what was going on inside. Now I know the answer, and the answer is- not much. At least in terms of decor. There is a gumball machine, 2 empty candy machines, plus a counter to order at and that’s pretty much it. Also absent was the plethora of seafood over ice you would hope to see at a place specializing in seafood. There were some frozen crab cakes, breaded fish fillets, clams, and crabs- but not else. Still, I threw caution to the winds of Tasker Street and put in an order.
I remember watching the sign go up for Hippot this fall, not particularly excited for another Shabu Shabu place in Chinatown. But the sub $9 lunch special advertised outside the restaurant was too good to not at least try once.
Driving past Dex and Syd’s a few months ago, I noticed the ‘fresh boiled crawfish’ sign and stored it in my mental Rolodex. This week, while looking for a more interactive meal, I brought a bunch of friends over for a communal seafood experience. Dex and Syd’s is largely a take out sandwich shop, with a menu of cheesesteaks and burgers. The more unique offerings though, are the seafood platters and boiled seafood by the pound.
I wasn’t thrilled by my visit to Red Kings a few years ago; the spice wasn’t balanced and sauces were gloppy. But I had heard enough good things about Red Kings 2 to warrant a trip. According to Menupages the menus at both places are identical, go figure.
Philly is lacking in Izakayas; the Japanese, tapas-style, non-sushi, drinking encouraged type of place. CoZara, in University City, is helping to fill that gap. Open since late April, lunch service has finally started and I was lucky enough to receive an invite to try the lunch menu items.
Like the Foolish Waffles truck, I stalked the Surf and Turf truck to finally find a location that worked for me. This truck has a small menu with a few novel takes on the lobster, plus steak or other seafood sandwiches, depending on the day.