In recent months, the once dull and desolate area of South Street west of Broad Street has become vibrant and lively. Places like Indian Restaurant, Sawatdee, Quick Fixx, Rex 1516 and Magpie have all added terrific and diverse food options to the neighborhood. On the drinking side, the folks who run Hawthorne’s have just opened up The Cambridge, next door to Rex 1516. Taking over the space from former music venue Tritone, The Cambridge offers up some excellent food and drinks, including one of the city’s best beer lists.
Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia is an evolving area. Greater numbers of university students and professors as well as hipsters have gravitated to the area. Summer farmers markets at Clark Park have become big draws.
Over at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue, in a converted fire station, is Dock Street Brewing Company. Dock Street has a long and storied history in the Philadelphia beer scene. Founded in 1985, it was the city’s first microbrewery. It continues to brew some pretty exceptional craft beers, such as its pilsner and Rye IPA.
At the brew pub, beer, of course, is the specialty. The food menu, and specifically, the pizza, is also worth checking out. There’s a pretty good menu selection of pizzas and calzones as well as appetizers, burgers, wraps, salads. Dock Street offers twelve different pizzas, each of them hand thrown, using stone ground flour and heated in a “hardwood-fired” oven. Continue reading
Through its first few days, Philly Beer Week has had some pretty remarkable beer events. Many venues throughout the city have been packed, as beer enthusiasts have attended the events in droves.
Take, for example, the Founders Brewing Company event at Kite and Key. On a Monday afternoon at 5 p.m., which is hardly the most common time for city folks to be out at a bar drinking, Kite and Key was completely packed with patrons seeking to sample Founders’ high quality, high alcohol and highly rare beers. The two superstars were Canadian Breakfast Stout, a beer aged in maple and whiskey soaked wood with Sumatra and Kona coffee beans breakast stout, and Kenutkcy Breakfast Stout (KBS), an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolates before aged in bourbon barrels for an entire year. Both beers are among the top seven rated beers in the world, contain over nine percent alcohol and are only available for a limited time each year.