Sunday, November 29, 2015
Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen
2370 E. Norris St.
Philadelphia , PA 19125
Neighborhood: Fishtown
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Cuisine type: Gastropub
Meals Served: Brunch Lunch Dinner
Style: There is genuine neighborhood appeal to this casual and airy gastropub, whose inviting corner deck perches over a six-point intersection in northern Fishtown and makes ideal outdoor sipping for craft beer fans. But the menu from chef and co-owner Shannon Dougherty (formerly of A Full Plate), is an odd mash-up of vegan virtues with deep-fried Southern whimsies that suffers from poor execution. Matters aren't improved by service ranging from friendly-but-clueless to downright indifferent.
Specialties: Fava tots; Johnnycake pinwheel; andouille corn dogs; chicken wings with Brussels sprouts; fried chicken and waffle; catfish po-boy.
Alcohol: An excellent craft beer selection includes 15 drafts (including nitro and cask options), plus 30 in bottle and can, split between great Belgian names (Orval, Rodenbach), Americans (Six Point), and familiar locals (Stoudt's Karnival K├Âlsch is perfect for summer). A carefully dried glass, though, isn't a given. The small cocktail list has tall ambitions that it couldn't pull off (i.e. kale martini), and craftsmanship on even some basics (Old-Fashioned) was dubious.
Weekend noise: A boisterous 93 decibels in the front bar, but conversation-friendly pockets are in the rear dining room and on the deck. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday, until 1 a.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prices: $$