May 1, 2008
Post by Ian Litwin
The Race Street CafÃƒÂ© in northern reaches of Old City is the quintessential neighborhood bar. It’s friendly, unpretentious, cozy, and it just may be my favorite bar in the city. Stand out features include a fireplace, large windows that open up to the street, and one of the best beer lists in town. In addition to local beers such as Yards, Troegs, and Stoudts, the rotating beer list features ales the world over that change almost every day and sometimes in the course of a night. Food choices range from typical pub fare such as burgers and chicken sandwiches to grilled fish and steaks. However, I recommend the Sheppard’s Pie and Grilled Merguez Sausage Sandwich. Little fried nuggets of cauliflower and fried slices of jalapeno add the perfect kick to the city’s best fried calamari. Make sure to check out the chalkboard at the back of the bar for daily food specials.
The cafÃƒÂ© is the perfect place to revel in the view of the majestic Benjamin Franklin Bridge while enjoying brunch on the sidewalk with a spicy Bloody Mary (made with real liquid smoke), relax by the fireplace with friends, or take a seat at the bar and drink whatever beer the friendly bar tenders recommend.
I live a few blocks from Race Street and it’s become my home away from home. When I move out of Old City, I am really going to miss the place.
Race Street Cafe
208 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106