Sunday, January 25, 2009

City Tavern (Philadelphia) 09

This restaurant serves food from 18th century recipes as might have been eaten by George Washington by servers dressed in the garb appropriate to those times.
Although the building was burnt down it has been rebuilt as authentically as possible.
We celebrated our arrival in Philadelphia with a quite presentable meal beginning with three breads - a Sally Lunn, a sweetish English bread, a Franklin Biscuit, a dry crumbly disc and another bread made with molasses and also slightly sweet.
For libation we tried a wassail - a sort of mulled wine and a hot apple cider spiked with spirits. Water was served in pewter mugs as were some of the dishes. For appetizers we had Giant Cornmeal Fried Oysters - $9.25 Herbed remoulade, large and juicy but heavily over breaded, and Crab Cakes "Chesapeake Style" - $11.95 Herbed remoulade as good as any I've had followed by Martha Washington style Pot Pie - $23.95Tender chunks of turkey, mushrooms, early peas, red potatoes, sherry cream sauce & flaky pastry crust baked in a pewter casserole and Tavern Lobster Pie - $44 Lobster, shrimp, mushrooms, shallots, sherry cream sauce & flaky puff pastry baked in a pewter casserole vegetable of the season accompaniment. - they looked the same Despite the pie crust looking over cooked they were both moist, good tasting and full of turkey/lobster. For dessert a large slice of chocolate mousse cake
prepared us for the below zero temperature outside. Ryan, our server, had no hesitation in wrapping up the last of the turkey pie for takeaway!

These snippets from their web site

A Triumph of Tradition
When John Adams arrived in Philadelphia in August of 1774, to attend the First Continental Congress, he was greeted by leading citizens and immediately taken to the tavern he would call "the most genteel tavern in America." The tavern Adams referred to, City Tavern, was not yet a year old and was already caught in momentous events. A few months earlier, Paul Revere had ridden up to the Tavern with the news of the closing of the port of Boston by the British Government. Click here to continue...

To Our Visitors
An 18th century tavern was much more than a place to quench one's thirst. In towns and cities where there were no office buildings, banks, stock exchanges, or convention centers, and where most men worked in their homes or in small offices, taverns served all these functions. Food and drink were, of course, served, but taverns were also the cities' central meeting places. Click here to continue...

Score: 14/20

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