SOWE Restaurant & Bar, Philadelphia (Take 2)

Anyone who knows me personally will be able to back me up on this…

I LOVE my birthday.  June 23rd.  It’s the best day of the year, my favorite holiday, and always bound to be an awesome time.

I don’t see a reason holding me back from talking about that day… two months later!  Why not?!

This year’s birthday was a little bit more tame than our parties in Atlantic City in the past… there was a lot going on this year around that week.  First, I had been cramming and studying every night for my exam I needed to pass for my new job.  Then there was extra stress at work leaving the old job.  There were also some other things too.  It just wasn’t a great time to go party.  So we ate instead.  And ate and ate.

June 23rd is always a fun day.

June 23rd is always a fun day.

I am one lucky girl- BOTH of our families joined Dave and I for brunch for my big day this year, and they came to us… in the city!  YAY!  Picking a spot that could take us all, that wasn’t crazy expensive and had something for everyone to enjoy was tough.  I was excited to come across one of my favorite neighborhood bar/restaurants and realized, hey- I haven’t had their brunch yet!  I picked SOWE Restaurant & Bar as my birthday brunch spot.  What a great decision.

SOWE held our reservation for 7 and saved us a table outside on the gorgeous day.  We ordered some coffees and bloody marys and were surprised by our FABULOUS server with a “happy birthday” on-the-house bottomless Bloody Mary pitcher instead.  Amazing!

I also have to mention that this was the second day I had my brand new camera!  I was so excited to snap some photos of our delicious meal and our pretty faces 🙂

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SoWe has a great bloody!

SoWe has a great bloody!

Here’s the lineup of what we ordered:

We started off by sharing the irresisitable Bacon Beignets (Brown Butter Caramel, Candied Bacon… oh my) for the table to share.

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The Birthday Girl and Mom got the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict (Two Poached Eggs Served Over Pan Fried Green Tomatoes, Creole Remoulade, Brunch Potatoes)

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Chopped Salad (Romaine Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Hard-Cooked Eggs, Haricot Vert,
Cucumber, Radish, Red Onion, Tomato, Crispy Chickpeas, and Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing)

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SoWe Burger (Half-Pound Angus Burger, Fried Peppers & Onions, Sharp Cheddar,
Naturally Smoked Applewood Bacon, Horseradish Mayo on Brioche) – also happens to be one of my very favorite burgers in the whole city!

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Grilled Cheese (Fontina, Sharp Cheddar, Heirloom Tomato and Bacon on Sourdough)

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and last but not least Peanut Butter n Jelly Pancakes (omg)!

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The whole crew had such a wonderful meal which made for an even better birthday!  Thanks for the Birthday Love SOWE!

Brick American Eatery, Philadelphia

I know I’ve been MIA for what seems like forever now.  Sorry I’m not sorry!  I’ve been super busy this summer doing some life-changing things.  And I’m not talking about trying some new mind-blowing mac and cheese or the newest dessert fad.  I’m talking actual life changing.

Over the past two months, I have been busy getting myself started with a new career!  I studied my tush off and got my license to sell insurance.  I am working for a company who sells health/life/supps to individuals.  So, hopefully I’ll be helping people and making money finally!  It was a lot of hard work learning something totally new, but I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life.

Not only did I change careers over the past two months, but Dave and I just got back last week from our adventure in Ecuador!  We saw and did so many amazing things.  We went hiking in the Andes, explored Quito the capital, went rafting in Banos, and saw some pretty outrageous creatures in the Amazon Jungle.  I can’t wait to have a good chunk of time available to sit down and write about it for you… we also were able to bring my brand spankin’ new camera and took so many beautiful pictures.

You’ll just have to wait on that because today I want to tell you about our last date night in Philly, which just happened to be the night we were celebrating my passing the licensing exam.

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Dave and I have been itching to try Brick American Eatery in Philly for some time now… after hearing rave reviews from a friend and seeing the same of their Yelp page, we decided to buy a local groupon deal for here.  The funny thing is, we were all ready to go earlier in the summer, walked there in the rain, and had to turn around and go back when we got there- the restaurant had lost power in the storm!  I’m glad we went when we did because it was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday, my passing the exam, and my first time using my new camera.  🙂

Our deal allowed for us to get two small plates/apps, two entrees, and two drinks.

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What was perfect about going on this night was the beautiful weather that allowed us to sit outside:  not too hot, not too windy, not too humid… it was just right.  We started off with two fabulous drinks- I ordered the Peach Palmer (Iced Tea Vodka with Lemonade and muddled Peaches) and Dave went with the Brick Manhattan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula, Whiskey Soaked Cherry).

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For our first course, we were just dying to try the special- Smoked Salmon Spring Rolls.  They were so different and absolutely yummy.  Crunchy and warm with a creamy sauce, we devoured these spring rolls right away.  We also ordered the Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Flat Bread which had a thin crispy crust and was topped with peppery Arugula and warm Roasted Tomatoes.  Y-U-M!

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It was so hard to decide on the  main courses since they all sounded so good.  First, we chose the Sea Scallops (Beets, white beans, sun-dried tomato & rosemary cream).  We also were talked into (it didn’t take much I have to add) trying the Lamb Burger, as this Brick specialty was in the running for Philly’s Best Burger.  I obviously had to try it.

The Scallops were excellent.  I would also have to agree that the Lamb Burger should be on the list as one of the best burgers in Philly.  The juicy, flavorful Lamb Burger is topped with Spicy Onion Jam, Manchego Cheese, Worcestershire, and Mayo.

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Looking at these picture is making me hungry right now…

Well, my friends, it is nice to be back!  Thanks for sticking by despite my neglecting you for the last month.  🙂

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Loving this new camera too!

Zahav, Philadelphia

So, it’s only been about six months since I had my amazing experience at Zahav for restaurant week in Philadelphia.  At first, I was avoiding writing this post because I knew it would just make me want to go back.  Then, when I went to write about it, I realized the only picture I forgot to take was of the most outrageous thing we ordered (you’ll find out soon what that was)… BOO!  But as my monthly dinner with my girlfriends is coming up this week, I decided that it’s been way too long and I just couldn’t keep this one from you any longer.

Let me tell you a little bit about Zahav… it is a beautiful modern Israel restaurant located in Society Hill in Philadelphia.  The chef and owner Michael Solomonov was born in Israel, raised in Pittsburgh, and learned how to cook back in Israel.  He really brings something special to the Philly restaurant scene.

I went to Zahav for restaurant week which was a great idea.  When I go out with my girlfriends, we try to order as many things as possible and share everything.  It’s always so much fun.  Since Zahav is pretty expensive, going for restaurant week was the perfect thing for us to do- we EACH got to pick two starters, one main dish, and one dessert.

In addition to the menu that we got to choose from, Zahav provided us with Salatim (SEVEN different salads), Hummus, and Fresh Laffa.  The laffa is similar to flat bread or Naan but is lighter, fluffier, and pretty much the most delicious thing ever.  I have been craving Laffa bread since discovering it in Israel, and Zahav totally gets it right.  I’d come back to Zahav just to get this part of the meal.  Everything was so good.

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We also ordered a pitcher of their signature drink, Lemonnana which also reminded me of Israel.  The drink was refreshing and sweet- Jim Beam, Muddled Mint, Fresh Lemon, and Verbena.

After some serious decision making and friendly debate, we picked out our order.  Now, you wouldn’t normally have debate when ordering food, right?  Well this debate was over a very interesting item on the menu:  Grilled Duck Hearts.  Before you click away in disgust… remember I mentioned that I messed up and forgot to photograph the most interesting thing we ordered!  The Duck Hearts (prepared with Date Tehina, Crispy Onions, and Stone Fruit).  It doesn’t get more interesting than that.  Ricki convinced Mer and I to try them, and we finally gave in.  We did try them, but I honestly did not like them at all!  Our bravery was rewarded though, with several other amazing dishes that we had shared.  Try not to drool!

Crispy Haloumi
Dates, walnuts, apple

Fried Cauliflower
Labaneh with chive, dill, mint and garlic

Marinated Brussel Sprouts
Whipped feta, babaganoush, sumac

Beef Cheek Pastilla
Braised greens, coffee

Kofte
Ground beef and lamb, cumin, peppers, carrots

Hanger Steak
Eggplant two ways, sesame, pine nuts

Merguez
Ground lamb, figs, shallots, cilantro

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Everything was amazing.  I especially enjoyed the Haloumi and will now be on the lookout for this cheese at other restaurants too.  

As if all of these dishes weren’t enough (We were STUFFED at this point), we each got to pick a dessert.  Ricki, who has been to Zahav several times, had been absolutely raving about the Halvah Mousse, so we ordered that along with the Konafi and Rugelach.  All three were outstanding.  Totally worth the calories, and worth the trip… for sure.  And Ricki was right, the Halvah Mousse was the star. 

Halvah Mousse
Chickpea praline, berries

Konafi
Ricotta, apples, labaneh ice cream

Rugelach
Hazelnut praline, date puree

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I was right about something too…  I am now having some serious cravings for Zahav.  I knew this would happen!  

Zahav actually offers the same type of menu on a daily basis, for $39pp… so you can do this too even though it’s not restaurant week!  Hint, hint… boyfriend.

So Crêpe, Philadelphia

 

So cute.

So delicious.

So affordable.

(sorry, I just had to!)

So Crêpe is an adorable little BYOB restaurant on South Street that just opened up this past fall.  They serve both savory and sweet varieties of crepes, all using fresh and natural ingredients.  The crepes are even made with whole wheat or buckwheat, depending on what type you get.

Dave and I stumbled across So Crêpe on our walk home from the subway this past weekend.  What a lovely addition to our neighborhood!  We both decided on trying the “So Smoked” Crepe since we were stopping in for breakfast.

The So Smoked was a huge, and soooo yummy buckwheat crepe stuffed with smoked salmon, avocado slices, sour cream and chives.  MMM!  I couldn’t believe how much salmon was in there for only $8.50 each.  If only we saved enough room in our bellies to try a sweet crepe!

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I also do want to mention that the staff were just fabulous.  I loved how the kitchen was open and directly in the center of the restaurant.  The chefs chatted with us the whole time and I always like being able to watch them make the food.  I cannot wait to come back here and highly recommend it to anyone in the area 🙂

 

Modo Mio, Philadelphia (PART 2!)

I rarely have enough time to write a post about a restaurant shortly after we’ve dined there.  Life gets in the way, I forget, or I simply just have too many fabulous recipes to share with you to write about a restaurant.  Let’s face it, one of the most amazing meals I’ve had in Philly was two months ago at the famous Zahav with my girlfriends (an Israeli FEAST in which I tried DUCK HEARTS!!) and has yet to make it on the blog.  I’m not the best with timeliness here.

Now that you know this, maybe you’ll understand just how good my meal was this past weekend at Modo Mio.  Sound familiar to you?  It should, since just a month and a half ago I raved and raved about it while bragging about how wonderful my boyfriend Dave was for taking me there.  You heard me:  I am writing about a restaurant I went to just a few days ago… and for the SECOND time.  This place just deserves that kind of attention.

Just a recap:  Modo Mio is an adorable little Northern Italian BYOB in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia.  They offer a “Turista” menu every night, where you can order an Antipasti, a Pasta, a Secondi, and a Dessert, for $35/pp.  

When I found out a few days prior that our favorite foodie friend Donny was coming to visit, I knew I had to pick a good place for dinner.  We caught a late reservation and also reeled in our friends (another) Dave & Betsy (actually, her and I are both Elizabeth!  Weird!).

Dave, Donny, (my) Dave and I were all on the same trip to Israel and have remained good friends since, trying out some seriously awesome restaurants along the way.  Modo Mio only seemed appropriate to share with this hungry crew.

The thing that made me most excited about this dinner (other than the fact that we had our very own big round table) was that everyone wanted to do the “Turista” tasting option… and wanted to SHARE.  This meant we basically get to try the entire menu with only the exception of maybe six items.  OMGOMGOMG!  Our server explained that the menu had just changed, as it does every 4-6 weeks, left us with some delicious bread and porcini flavored oil, and we got down to work.

I think this was the most impressive menu decision making ever, we finished in five minutes… checking off which dishes we wanted directly on the menu.  Talk about efficiency!  (oh, also confirmed with our server that we’re the first people to do this.  Love.) We decided to pay an extra $5 for the whole fish of the day & for the Broccoli Rabe side.  After ordering 5 of each course… we sat back… drank some wine… and got ready for a feast of bites (literally).  Get ready for your tummy to grumble… here we go!

Antipasti

Cozze:  Mussels, Red & Spicy

Cozze: Mussels, Red & Spicy

We nearly fought over the broth from the mussels... wow!

We nearly fought over the broth from the mussels… wow!

Polpo:  Grilled Ocopus, Spicy Chick Peas, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Arugula

Polpo: Grilled Ocopus, Spicy Chick Peas, Raisins, Almonds, Lemon, Arugula

Carpaccio:  House-Cured Pork Loin, Crispy Gorgonzola, Cherry Fennel Compote

Carpaccio: House-Cured Pork Loin, Crispy Gorgonzola, Cherry Fennel Compote

Carciofo al Mattone:  Crispy Artichoke, Black Olive, Mint, Goat Cheese, Rosemary Honey, Pangrattato

Carciofo al Mattone: Crispy Artichoke, Black Olive, Mint, Goat Cheese, Rosemary Honey, Pangrattato

N'duja:  Calabrese Sausage, White Bean Pancake, Fried Egg, Honeyed Mushrooms

N’duja: Calabrese Sausage, White Bean Pancake, Fried Egg, Honeyed Mushrooms

Pasta

Vincis Grassi:  Rich festival Lasagne, Meat Ragu, Porcini, Besciamella, Fresh Pasta Sheets

Vincis Grassi: Rich festival Lasagne, Meat Ragu, Porcini, Besciamella, Fresh Pasta Sheets

Agnolotti:  Mascarpone & Artichoke Stuffed Ravioli, Almond Butter

Agnolotti: Mascarpone & Artichoke Stuffed Ravioli, Almond Butter

Gnocchi:  Potato Dumplings, Speck, Gorganzola, Spring Peas & Cream

Gnocchi: Potato Dumplings, Speck, Gorganzola, Spring Peas & Cream

Special Pasta: Ziti w/ Oxtail Ragu

Special Pasta: Ziti w/ Oxtail Ragu

Bucatini Amatriciana:  Thick, hollow Spaghetti, Pancetta, Spicy Plum Tomato, Pecorino Romano

Bucatini Amatriciana: Thick, hollow Spaghetti, Pancetta, Spicy Plum Tomato, Pecorino Romano

Secondi

Melanzana Ripiena:  Tomato Braised Stuffed Eggplant, Molise Style, Mint, House-Made Ricotta

Melanzana Ripiena: Tomato Braised Stuffed Eggplant, Molise Style, Mint, House-Made Ricotta

Trota:  Prosciutto-Wrapped Brook Trout, Porcini, Strawberry, and Basil Salad

Trota: Prosciutto-Wrapped Brook Trout, Porcini, Strawberry, and Basil Salad

Pesce Arrosto: Whole Roasted Branzino

Pesce Arrosto: Whole Roasted Branzino

Guance: Veek Cheek "Chef's Choice, trust him" (yes this is directly from the menu)

Guance: Veek Cheek “Chef’s Choice, trust him” (yes this is directly from the menu)

Agnello:  Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chop, Goat Feta, Date Gremolata, Dandelion, Hard Cooked Egg

Agnello: Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chop, Goat Feta, Date Gremolata, Dandelion, Hard Cooked Egg

Our Side & Desserts

Broccoli: Bitter Broccoli, Pepperoncino, Garlic, Lemon, White Beans

Broccoli: Bitter Broccoli, Pepperoncino, Garlic, Lemon, White Beans

(clockwise) Rosemary-Olive Oil Cake, Apple Blondie w/ Vanilla Bean Semi Fredo, Tiramisu

(clockwise) Rosemary-Olive Oil Cake, Apple Blondie w/ Vanilla Bean Semi Fredo, Tiramisu

Flourless Chocolate Cake & Basil Panna Cotta

Flourless Chocolate Cake & Basil Panna Cotta

As if these gorgeous pictures don’t say enough as it is… let me tell you, this was such an outstanding meal.  The five of us “ooh”-ed and “ahh”-ed with literally every bite we took.  Each dish was better than the last and we loved everything we tried.  

If you live in the Philly area and haven’t tried Modo Mio yet… pick up the phone and make a reservation… what are you waiting for?!

Betsy & I before dinner

Betsy & I before dinner

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat on South

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat is a very popular spot in Philly that just opened up a new location two blocks away from my apartment.  Honey’s is not only famous for their delicious brunch menu, but for their LONG wait.  The menu is a mix of classic Comfort & Jewish food creating some seriously tough decisions when ordering.  

Not to be cheap on a post here… but I think that my Yelp Review of the new Honey’s in my hood says everything that needs to be said.  This place rocks.  I’ll get to the point and tell you all about it: 

Alright… I’ll admit, this place is absolutely worth the hype.  Isn’t that so annoying?!

I’ve been trash talking the new Honey’s on South & 21st since opening weekend.  Really… I was just jealous walking by the CONSTANTLY packed restaurant having never been there.  Every single time I tried to go for brunch, the wait was at least an hour and a half, which is completely not do-able for this girl… since I’m starving about ten minutes after I wake up.

Easter morning seemed like an appropriate time to try it out, and I was right.  We were seated immediately (mind you, it was still only about 10:30)!

Atmosphere:  The restaurant is great, I love the decor, love the chalkboard displaying the specials, and the windows on south and 21st provide so much natural light… it was just gorgeous on a sunny Sunday morning.  There’s also four types of hot sauces and other condiments on the table so I was pretty much in love at first sight.

Look at all the condiments!! We were in heaven.

Look at all the condiments!! We were in heaven.

Service:  Constant refill of water and coffee is typically how I judge service for brunch, and Honey’s had this down to a science!  Our server was also very sweet and friendly.

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Food:  De-freakin-lish.  SO GOOD!  I decided to get an omelet rather than one of the specialties (which ill get next time) because I wanted to try the sides- Home Fries & Biscuit.  Boyfriend did the same but got the Latke.  Sides were so good.  Home Fries and Latke were both great but you HAVE to get a Biscuit and slather it with the softened butter on the table and strawberry preserves.  YUM!  I got a Spinach, American Cheese, and Sausage Omelet which I’d say is the best I’ve had.  Cooked perfectly and the type with the toppings mixed in (my fav) and the Sausage was a great choice- it caught my attention because it is homemade and I was very impressed.

One of the best Omelets out there, I love when the toppings are mixed in and not just in the middle of the cooked egg.  Mine had Spinach, Sausage, and Cheese.

One of the best Omelets out there, I love when the toppings are mixed in and not just in the middle of the cooked egg. Mine had Spinach, Sausage, and Cheese.

Dave's Omelet:  Spinach, Chorizo, and Cheese.  YUM!  He also ordered the Latke as a side which was perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle.

Dave’s Omelet: Spinach, Chorizo, and Cheese. YUM! He also ordered the Latke as a side which was perfectly crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle.

The Biscuits were so tasty with the fresh strawberry preserves on the table.

The Biscuits were so tasty with the fresh strawberry preserves on the table.

Overall, Honey’s is going to be a favorite of mine for a while, I think.  If you are dying to try it, like I was… I highly recommend sucking it up and waking up early to go so you don’t have to wait.

Visit Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat on South

21st & South Street, Philadelphia PA

Wonder where else we’ve done brunch so far?  Check it out!

Silk City

Silk City

Day by Day

Day by Day

Sabrina's Cafe

Sabrina’s Cafe

C19 Cichetteria Venezia, Philadelphia

Dave and I are in a very serious competition right now.  I mean, a lot is at stake here.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this to you in the past year or not, but Dave and I are using a heart rate monitoring program with my gym called “MyZone”.  Without going completely into the schpeel, MyZone is a belt you wear while working out that measures your heart rate.  Depending on your age, gender, weight, height, and resting/max heart rates, the program will design personal heart rate zones that apply to only you.  Each zone is designated a color (the prettiest and best part of this) and a point value for those zones depending on how hard your working, or your effort.  Since it’s all personalized, the points make it possible to compare workouts to people who are different than you (you know, since guys burn a ton more calories than girls… heavier people than skinny people, etc).

You get your own website to keep track of your workouts and your progress.  This program has absolutely helped me step up my workout game and in turn, helped me lose a lot of weight.

If you’re still following… Dave and I are currently in a MyZone challenge against each other to see who gets the most MyZone Points in March (aka who is working out the most or hardest).  The loser has to take the winner out on a date night in April planned by the winner.  Like I said… a lot is at stake here.

Here's what a Kickboxing class looks like on the MyZone system.  Blue to Green to Yellow is least to most effort exerted.  Great workout, right?

Here’s what a Kickboxing class looks like on the MyZone system. Blue to Green to Yellow is least to most effort exerted. Great workout, right?

Our current standings are:  Beth @ 3153 & Dave @ 3043.  I’m barely holding onto my lead!  You could hardly tell I want to be the winner and choose date night 🙂

Just Stelly saying bye before we leave for our date night!

Just Stelly saying bye before we leave for our date night!

Our last date night was also chosen by me.  I took Dave to a restaurant near where we live called C19 Cichetteria Venezia.  I had actually been to C19 for a happy hour dinner with a group of girls- loved it, and have been telling Dave we have to go since.

C19 is a medium-sized restaurant specializing in fresh, seasonal, Venetian-Inspired cuisine.  It has a bunch of tables in a room with the bar, and then larger tables in the back.  The walls are covered with Italian words that are beautifully hand-painted.  While it has that darker, romantic feel it also is a little funky with the bar covered in orange and red tiles, making it a great spot for happy hour, a date, or just a nice dinner out with friends.

I do also have to mention how wonderful the service is here.  You can tell that the service works as a team, as someone will fill up your water, someone else will take your order and serve your food, another person will clear your plate, and about two other people will check in on you and make sure you’re okay.  Everyone is super friendly and you can tell how much they love the food (and drinks!).

My friend from Penn State, Elisa, and her husband go here all the time and told me to introduce myself to the manager, Kevin.  I had done this during my first visit but it was months before and I figured I should just do the same again.  Once I introduced myself, Kevin not only stopped by to chat about some new items on the menu… but he remembered me.  He remembered who I was with (a bunch of CHOP doctors… lucky girl, right?) and where we were sitting.  Whoa.  Now you have to believe me about the great personalized service here, right?  (Elisa will also tell you a story about a time they asked about a dessert no longer on the menu.  The C19 team went out to buy the ingredients and re-created it for them that night.  WOW!!!!)

Anyway, let me get onto our actual meal.  My tummy is grumbling just thinking about it.  

We started our date night off right with a spicy, sweet, and very creatively named cocktail, Catching Fire.  Adorable, right?  The drink was so good.  Here’s what was in it:   Hornitos reposado infused with jalapeño, passion fruit, fresh lime, combier l’original, hibiscus salt rim.  I probably shouldn’t admit that between Dave and I, we ordered three of these babies!  Worth the splurge, for sure.

Just the perfect amount of spicy, sour, and sweet.  The flash made it look yellow, lol.

Just the perfect amount of spicy, sour, and sweet. The flash made it look yellow, lol.

As soon as our drinks arrived, we ordered our meal and were brought a wooden bowl of olive oil and grilled bread.  It was even still warm… mmm!

After some careful deliberation the starters that we chose for the night were the Pork Belly Brasato & the Roasted Tomato Gnocchi.  Both of us have a hard time passing up a pork belly dish (complete with radicchio, pine nuts, and raisins), so that was an obvious choice.  The Roasted Tomato Gnocchi (served with Duck Ragu & Spinach Pesto) sounded so delicious.  I had to pick it because it was recently added to the menu, but also because C19 is famous for their light and fluffy homemade gnocchi.  Mmmmm… getting hungry yet?!

The Pork Belly with its accompaniments.  One hell of a way to start a meal.

The Pork Belly with its accompaniments. One hell of a way to start a meal.

Perfectly soft gnocchi... loved this.

Perfectly soft gnocchi… loved this.

Next up, we ordered a pizza and a pasta.  I remembered from my first visit to C19 that their pasta is soooo good… fresh and homemade.  It’s hard to resist.  I had never tried the pizza, but we decided to try the Dry Aged Venetian Meatballs on the pizza instead of as an appetizer.  I told you our ordering was thought out.  The pizza we picked had the meatballs, Polpette Mozzarella, and fresh Basil.  The crust was light and crispy, my favorite kind.  Of course the pasta we ordered was the one with Spicy Marinara.  There was some house-cured Pancetta in there too… and I only sort of stumbled over the name “Pasta A’Matriciana“.  Totally didn’t make an ass out of myself.  Don’t you worry.

Saucy & fresh pasta.  So good. This was the large portion, but you could also get a small one to taste test.

Saucy & fresh pasta. So good. This was the large portion, but you could also get a small one to taste test.

Check out this pizza... sooooo good.  The meatballs are fab.

Check out this pizza… sooooo good. The meatballs are fab.

This would have been the perfect place to end a night with delicious cocktails and dinner… but when our server came over to tell us about dessert… I just could not resist!  I am on a Tiramisu kick and C19 seemed like a great restaurant to try it.  I think something like “oh my goddddd” came out of my mouth with every bite going in.  It. was. SO. GOOD.  

Nom nom nom!! Look how creamy this Tiramisu is.  I think I've found a favorite dessert... Tiramisu tour of Philly, anyone?

Nom nom nom!! Look how creamy this Tiramisu is. I think I’ve found a favorite dessert… Tiramisu tour of Philly, anyone?

So, if you’re looking for a nice neighborhood restaurant… try C19.  The Venetian food and huge selection of wines and creative cocktails are some of the best in town.  C19 will also have you coming back for more and often, as they change their menu weekly depending on what fresh local ingredients are available.  And if you go, tell Kevin “hi”… and expect him to remember you!