Saturday, February 6, 2016
The Cambridge
1508 South St.
Philadelphia , PA 19146
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Parking: Street parking only.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Cuisine type: American; Pub
Meals Served: Brunch - Sat., Sun. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: Expect to wait for a seat in the reclaimed-wood confines of this handsome new pub on sizzling-South Street West, courtesy of the owners of Hawthornes Cafe. There are plenty of great libations to tide you over, from serious craft drafts and coveted sour ales by the bottle to well-made cocktails. But the ambitious menu of handmade comfort favorites falls far short with careless execution, resulting in so many burnt and soggily fried items, it wasn't worth the wait.
Specialties: Vegan nachos; charred octopus; brussels sprouts; stuffed Anaheim pepper; dry-aged beef burger; Porker burger; Sensei Kris sandwich; fried Snickers. Entrees, $10-$21.
Alcohol: The best assets are liquid: 24 taps of rapidly rotating crafts feature seasonality and rarity (Bell's Winter White; Diel du Cieu Solstice d' Hiver; Nogne-O Holy Smoke), and 20 bottles focused on sour ales (Jolly Pumpkin; BFM, Tilquin). The whiskey-centric bar does well with classics (including an excellent Sazerac). There's also a dozen affordable Euro wines by the glass (Marigny-Neuf pinot; Brunori verdicchi, Luneau-Papin Muscadet).
Weekend noise: Supersonic noisy, at 101 decibels in the bar. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Sunday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m.; Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Prices: $$