Bored off the old haunts in South Philly - new reccs?
We've been to:
Cantina Los Caballitos
Cafe de Laos
South Philly Tap Room
Carman's Country Kitchen
Black and Brew
So where should we try? We're open to everything - a casual dinner out, take out, food shops, you name it!
I have been to SPTR twice in lst few weeks, and they have a great food menu, great beer and a really cool low key ambience. Oysters = excellent, watercress salad with "head", delicacy taken from cows head and crispy potatoes = excellent. head tacos at $1 a piece are great snacks etc.. everything we tried was really tasty, except for chopped salad, ok but not as good as everything else! - I am more of a regular at Royal Tavern and prefer to travel to SPTR.
Hardena @ 17th and Hicks - Very good "home cooked" Indonesian food. $6 / plate! The place always looks like it's closed, but it's not. Really.
El Jarocho @ 13th and Ellsworth - Truly-better-than-the-rest tacos are $2/pc - chorizo especially good. The goat special platter they do on Saturdays is sublime.
I always eat-in at Hardena - it's a bit like sitting in someone's house. Last time I visited, I recall they were watching the "Mr Bean" movie as I ate.
I always take out from El Jarocho because I'm a little self-conscious about eating big, greasy, vile-looking tacos in public - possibly in front of women. Just can't do that.
I went to 1601 twice and it wasn't that great. The first time I wasn't impressed (and I can't remember actually why). The second time my husband ordered a burger, medium, and it came to us raw and ice cold in the middle. Of course when it was mentioned it was returned as a hockey puck, with the same bun (which had the raw beef juice on it). That was the end for me.
I noticed the Royal Tavern wasn't on your list. Definitely worth checking out. Also Chiarella's makes great Italian in a friendly atmosphere.
I still love the Royal Tavern - usually everything is bar-food delicious. Also, Southwark for an old-school cocktail and charcuterie, on 4th and Bainbridge.
Looks like your list lacks two of our favorites: Tre Scalini and L'Angolo.
If you get to Tre Scalini, try the veal filets (thick, juicy, tender) or the veal chop.
We like their pastas and many other things, too.
L'Angolo is always good and very reasonable.
I don't know if 13th and Wharton is too far away for you, but we think August is great. It's cash only. All these are byob.