Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Red Owl Tavern
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433 Chestnut St.
Hotel Monaco
Philadelphia , PA 19106
Neighborhood: Old City
Parking: Valet parking costs $15 with validation.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: American
Meals Served: Breakfast Brunch - Sat., Sun. Lunch - Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: With a prime corner across from Independence Hall, the new Hotel Monaco’s restaurant is a dramatic bi-level space clad in reclaimed barn wood, antique pulleys, and industrial lights. The menu offers appealing updated American fare built on house-made charcuterie and pickles. But the cooking is extremely inconsistent, and the service too erratic and slow for this ambitious Old City new comer to be more than just a convenient-but-uninspired amenity rather than the destination it could have been.
Specialties: Charcuterie; sausage of the day; marrowbones; big Red Owl burger; chicken pot pie; roasted lamb shank; slow-roasted chicken sandwich (lunch); apple pie.
Alcohol: A well-rounded and deep bar, with a substantial list of American-centric wines (albeit seriously marked up, and with uninspired by-the-glass selections), a large craft beer selection that is the best value choice (including a dozen mostly local drafts, plus some excellent bottles including Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale), and cocktails both classic and creative. The spirit list is especially strong with whiskey and tequila.
Weekend noise: A boisterous 89 decibels but manageable if you’re in one of the tucked-away booths or tables. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Breakfast Monday through Friday, 7-10:30 a.m. Lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.; Sunday, until 9 p.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended
Prices: $$