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Feb 10, 2012 09:05 AM

Bar Ferdinand tonight... scene and/or recs

Hi Everyone.

We are trying Bar Ferdinand tonight with great enthusiasm.
Have never been, so I was trying to get a sense of what kind of scene it is. Casual, dressed up a bit, sneakers, etc.?

Also, any recs? I have been poring over the menu and have not really been able to narrow down much, but ordering "the entire menu please" seems a little gluttonous for two lighter eaters.

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  1. Bar Ferdinand is great. Very casual, not at all dressed up.

    The best way to order is to order just a few things at a time and share.
    They are used to people ordering that way.
    Then you can order a few more things.
    The only items we avoid are the sandwich/bun things because we don't need to waste time on
    that amount of bread.
    There is one apple foam one that we never miss. I don't have the menu in front of me,
    so I don't remember the details.
    The waitperson will tell you how many portions are on each item you order - two, three, four.
    That's why it's good for sharing.
    Everything we've ever tried has been excellent, including the salads and desserts.
    Enjoy it and report back!

    1. I love the fired stuffed dates.

      BF is dressier of a place than, say, Standard Tap, but in all pretty casual.

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      1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

        +1 on the stuffed dates. And all the things on skewers are great, i think. As for dress, it is mixed. There are definitely people there who dress up (more hipster than elegant), but you wouldn't be uncomfortable to be more casual. Have fun!

      2. It's been a little bit (too long) since I've been there, but I love Bar Ferdinand. It's pretty casual - generally not McDonalds style sloppy, but jeans and sneakers won't look out of place.

        A couple favorites:

        - Manchego Frito (that's the apple foam one)
        - Date empanada
        - Pan con tomate (simple, but I love it)
        - Baked Goat Cheese
        - Both the vegetable & chicken/chorizo sandwich

        1. Little late in reporting back, but enjoyed the meal very much.
          It was exactly as advertised, scene wise, a mix of casual and slightly more dressed up, but in more of a Northern Liberties sense than an Olde City sense. Very comfortable for a Friday night meal after a very long week. They even threw in a few obnoxious patrons, reminiscent of another Chow thread from last week.

          I had a very elaborate plan for lots of exciting things, but after the aforementioned horribly long week, and based on a few dining restrictions, we ended up exclusively with very familiar, basic flavors. Sometimes, when I'm just about ready to collapse on a Friday, I would much rather have bread spread with crushed tomatoes than something new or exotic to my pallate. I wonder if anyone else on CH feels the same?

          So we ended up with the following:
          -pan con tomate (as simple, and, by my mind, pleasant, as food can be. perfect way to start a meal, even though it takes up valuable stomach space)
          -filet skewers (would have been better off with a fattier cut, as it was a little bit dry, but it could have been charred to coal and that romesco still would have been delicious)
          -chicken sandwich (I don't even like chicken, but this was delightful)
          -jamon croquette (quite good, crispy outside, creamy inside. exactly what you would hope for out of a croquette, if a bit down-the-middle)
          -patatas bravas (any type of fried potatoes are my default comfort food after a long week, so these were non-negotiable, and quite good)

          I also had a sherry tasting. I had never drank sherry before, only cooked with it, and I thought it was fantastic. They give you three half glasses for $14 (for me, it was closer to three full glasses!), and I really enjoyed the first two tastes (the drier, crisper sherries). The third was the sweeter variety, which was a little bit sweet for my tastes, but still interesting. Highly recommend this.