50 things you must drink in Philadelphia

...and what to eat with them

By PW Staff
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And three drinks amazing enough to step across the city line for:

The Fig Honey Old Fashioned at Isabella
382 E. Elm St., Conshohocken. 484.532.7470. barisabella.com
Why it’s great: This cocktail is reason enough to subject oneself to the Schuylkill Expressway: Jim Beam infused with honeycomb, orange rind and fig muddled into it, and an offsetting hit of balsamic syrup ($11). Wait for a cold night, and then indulge in two or three.
What to eat with it: The lamb chops with their fig and honey reduction ($14) would be great, but you could also pair this with cheese, particularly the Valdeon blue ($7.50).

The Kosha Nostra at Citron and Rose
370 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station. 610.664.4919. citronandrose.com
Why it’s great: First of all, the name is magnificent. More importantly, however, it’s a fantastically smart drink, with rye, absinthe and horseradish bitters—kind of like a sazerac but not really, and 100-percent unique ($10).
What to eat with it: This restaurant is proof that kosher food needn’t be bland or otherwise uninteresting, and the “pickled and roasted” dish ($13), with its roasted bone marrow, pickled veal tongue, smoked onion aioli and rye, is stunning evidence.

Vodka at Royal Cracovia
510 S. White Horse Pike, Magnolia, N.J. royalcracovia.com
Why it’s great: This 250-seat restaurant and bakery is the temple to all things Eastern European and delicious that we’ve been waiting for, and the vodka selection is appropriately enticing. Park yourself at the bar and begin a vodka education (from Absolut to Sobieski, with many stops in between) that’s as fun at it is rewarding (prices vary).
What to eat with it: The menu is huge and varied, but it’s hard to top the thought of downing vodka after vodka alongside the generous array of pierogies (prices vary).

By Brian Freedman, Sheena Lester, Bill Chenevert, Kennedy Allen, Josh Kruger, Eric San Juan and Stephen H. Segal.


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1. Anonymous said... on Nov 6, 2013 at 02:53PM

“No regular coffees on this list? I recommend one of Ray's Cafe's fancy siphoned individual brews.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 7, 2013 at 09:08PM

“I don't know...that $3 PBR Jim Beam is pretty good at Bob & Barbara's - and arguably just as sophisticated.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:06AM

“How is The Farmers' Cabinet not on this list?”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 8, 2013 at 04:18PM

“Fishtown iced tea at the interstate drafthouse”

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5. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2013 at 04:38PM

“Don't go to Royal cracovia... a big disappointment... the food is horrible, the only thing they have is the one hispanic bartender, def made our night.. good hire there!! but everything else... needs a lot of improvement... Managers are clueless there. If I would ever go back, is to see that one hispanic bartender.. He is the best!!”

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6. Mohammed said... on Apr 23, 2014 at 10:36PM


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7. Anonymous said... on May 29, 2014 at 11:10PM

“Dont go to royal cracovia! This place sucks, it takes forever to get a waiter, food, drink anything, even when theres no one in there!!!! Just trust me, also this place is a diner dont let anyone fool you! There is NO baker there, all of their stuff is ordered frozen, or from other places. The pierogis are frozen, Almost everything is! Dont go here and pay for overpriced frozen food!”


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