Friday, July 25, 2014
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Khyber Pass Pub
Address:
56 S. Second St.
Philadelphia , PA 19106
215-238-5888
Neighborhood: Old City
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Not wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: Barbecue; Cajun; Creole; Southern
Meals Served: Lunch - Mon. thru Sun. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun. Late Night - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: Old City's classic rock-and-roll beer bar has been revamped, spruced up, and given a Southern makeover, with some of the best New Orleans-inspired cooking this town has ever seen, plus respectable barbecue, and a serious craft-beer list, too, paying homage to the bar's pioneering beer-scene roots. The dangerously addictive bacon-grease popcorn - so bad, but so good - may be the best reason of all to visit.
Specialties: Khyber gumbo, gumbo z'herbes, short rib chili special, bacon-grease popcorn, boudin balls, fried green tomatoes, po-boys (roast beef with debris, fried shrimp, fried catfish), crawfish etouffee, pulled pork, BBQ brisket, onion rings, "big-ass" biscuit, smoked duck cashew peanut butter and pepper jelly sandwich, bread pudding, sweet potato creme brulee.
Alcohol: Craft beers anchor the large, brew-centric drink program, with a dozen great blackboard choices on draft (from Easton's Weyerbacher to Norway's Nøgne Øcq), and 70-plus top-notch international bottles. There is also a significant list of bourbon and ryes, with worthy twists on classic brown-spirit cocktails.
Weekend noise: The downstairs bands are gone, but it's still a bar. Expect a 90-plus decibel din. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Entire menu served daily, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: $$