January 5, 2009
The fact that Tied House is the only place in Philadelphia proper to get General Lafayette Brewery beers on tap gives it a big advantage over other gastropubs in the Art Museum area. The upscale atmosphere and unique menu doesn’t hurt, either.
The restaurant, at 20th and Hamilton, is an offshoot of Christopher Leonard’s General Lafayette Inn and Brewery in Lafayette Hill. The bar’s got plenty of craft beers on tap, including a few choice selections from other breweries. We stuck to the General Lafayette brews, including their “flagship” Tiedhouse lager and Sunset Red Ale. The star of the night though was, by far, the Chocolate Thunder Porter”" a perfect dark beer for a cold winter night.
The menu offered plenty of creative dishes, from $4 Olives Lafayette to $16 Lamb Sirloin. I kept it simple with the Grilled Chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers, aged provolone and tapenade on a ciabatta roll. The generous portion of roasted red peppers and classy tapenade tasted great on the warm ciabatta. The chicken was juicy and the accompanying fries were delicious too. The Fish & Chips and Tandoori Chicken Wings were big hits at our table as well.
The place was pretty quiet for a Friday night and it didn’t seem like too much was going on at the bar. Patrons, and the neighborhood, have a lot to look forward to as this place gets up and running. Here’s hoping they get the word out (and get a Web site) soon and start filling the place up.
2001 Hamilton St., Philadelphia, PA 19130