Food at the Franklin Mortgage?
Planning on having drinks for dinner at the Franklin Mortgage this week, however I would like to buffer the booze with a little bit of food. Had they been serving charcuterie and cheese from DiBruno Bros? Are there any food options?
There is a VERY limited food menu - and I can't recall what's on it but I can recall being unimpressed.
I love FM but if you're looking for nibbles in your speakeasy you should check out Ranstead Room. It's a little more intimate, easier to have a conversation in and, most importantly, they serve awesome snacks from El Rey. No main meals, but great guac, salsa and tortillas. On the downside, their cocktail menu is much shorter (10 as compared to 30ish at FM) but the staff is very accommodating and flexible so you'll probably still end up with what you want.
Alternatively, there are a bunch of places around FM to get food before/after, if that helps.
Ranstead Room is great and I agree that the atmosphere is much more intimate than Franklin. It is a little odd to see people chowing down on gorditas and guacamole in the speakeasy setting, though.
I assume you are heading out to somewhere in the Rittenhouse area after drinks, but if not, consider Chick's Cafe. The cocktails are great and they have a full food menu that is pretty good, albeit a bit overpriced.
Chick's Cafe & Wine Bar
614 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
I've had the cheese and charcuterie plates, which both seem to be from DiBrunos. I think they are each around $15, but it's a fair amount of food, definitely good snacking for four or dinner for two ;) . I've also had the duck-fat-fried potato chips, which are tasty. The final menu item was a flatbread, which I thought was awful and not helped by the fact that it's served cold.
It's probably been 2 months since I've had snacks there with my drinks, but I haven't heard that they stopped.