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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia

I'm always interested in finding hip, hangout places and I am always pleasantly surprised when they happen to have good food. Memphis Taproom is one of those places. It doesn't look like much from the outside, in fact at night you might not even know it was there, situated on a street corner in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

As soon as my dining companion and I opened the door, we know many people had managed to find it. The bar was packed, as was the dining room. From the looks of it, it was going to take awhile to get a table in the dining room and there was not much room to wait around, so we decided to grab a table in the bar that was right near the front door. Some people might complain about being close to a constantly opening door, but for people watchers like my companion and I it was fun!

I signaled to the bartender and asked him if we could eat in the bar, he told us we could and provided us with menus and directed my attention to the board with the list of draft beers. Being a "taproom" they have a large selection of beers and judging from other reviews, many people flock there just for that. However, being fans for Diner, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network, my dining companion and I were there for the food that Guy Fieri raved about. We took a look at the beers and the menu, making a selection was difficult, but when we were ready, I went over to tell the bartender what we'd like.

My companion went with a lighter beer, Victory Braumeister Pils and I went with something a little darker and bitter, Sierra N. Hemisphere. He enjoyed his Pils and my Sierra was awesome, you know we are wine people, but every once in awhile a good beer is great. For food- we ordered two apps to share, the much talked and raved about Pork Rillon salad which had crispy, heavenly, melt in your mouth chunks for pork belly and roasted pumpkin on top of greens. The second app we shared was grilled brussel sprouts which were nicely caramelized and yummy.

Just as we finished up those tasty treats, our sandwiches came out. You can really sample quite a bit of unique food at Memphis Taproom without breaking the bank. I got the kielbasy grinder which was just great, exactly what you want to munch on while enjoying a beer, the roll was soft and a nice contrast to the snap of that kielbasa, which had a lovely beer mustard and just a touch of sauerkraut on it- yum! My companion had the roast pork sandwich with spiedie sauce, we had no idea what spiedie sauce was but after some googling have learned it is a style of sandwich that originated in upstate NY and involves a sauce or marinade of olive oil, vinegar, "Italian" spices and mint. He really liked his sandwich too. We were in agreement that Memphis Taproom is a cool hangout with unique and tasty food.

2331 East Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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