Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Geechee Girl Rice Cafe
Address:
6825 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia , PA 19119
215-843-8113
Neighborhood: Mount Airy
Handicap access: Accessible
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Cuisine type: American; Southern
Meals Served: Brunch - Sun. Dinner - Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.
Style: Valerie Erwin's ode to Low Country cuisine has evolved over nearly a decade and a move to a larger space to become one of Philly's unique BYOBs, where the Hoppin' John flavors of South Carolina's rice coast (and Erwin's own family traditions) are served in a casual, but warm, cafe with a simple approach that lets good ingredients shine with a home-cooked touch. Service often feels at loose ends, but that shouldn't deter lovers of regional Southern cooking from visiting Mount Airy's oasis of Geechee goodness.
Specialties: Crispy Hoppin' John; African chicken-peanut soup (special); cornmeal-bacon-goat cheese flatbread; sweet potato tostones; pulled pork; pork chops; shrimp gumbo; shrimp and grits; heirloom rice and grits sides; pecan pie; Netta's sour cream pound cake.
Alcohol: BYOB
Weekend noise: A lively but usually manageable 84 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 10 p.m. Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Prices: $$