Smokin' Betty's, which has been in the works for a year and a half, flung open the doors on the corner of 11th and Sansom Streets Sunday night.
Sue Schlisman owns Devil's Alley across town and Sam's Grills in Wynnewood and Jenkintown. Like Devil's Alley, this is a bilevel pub. Modern-industrial decor employs concrete, wood and a brick wall. A second-floor skylight adds an air of mystery to the nighttime vibe (I had to return in daylight with a camera). It's open daily from 11 a.m. through late night. Beer list has 16 on tap, including Ace's Honey Apple Cider and Six Points' Righteous Rye. Wine list is studded with bargains, such as Mirrabooka shiraz ($7) and Martin Codax Albarino ($7).
Chef Greg Aversa's menu is a lineup of burgers, salads and sandwiches, with some bars snacks (sliders, quesadillas) and 10 of so "big plates" (flame-grilled chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, flank steak, a turkey platter, soft-shell fish tacos and a fish of the day.
Most intriguing is the turducken burger. Schlisman charged Aversa with making a sandwich out of the holiday game-bird specialty. Aversa cooks down duck leg in poultry seasoning and thyme, and forms it between patties of ground turkey and ground chicken.