I am a sriracha classicist, as obsessive about the green-topped squeeze bottle as anyone. So it was with mild trepidation that I received a sample pack of the chili-sauce collaboration between Ravenswood Winery and JoJo’s Sriracha.
When things go right at the Grain Exchange—as they do throughout the smart menu—they succeed for reasons of detail.
Washed down with a beer, or an Old Overholt old fashioned, or, even better, with the Lloyd rye, it’s pretty much perfect, a cool, fully realized neighborhood spot that’s more than worth a visit or three, no matter where you live.
Aromas of cherries and sweetness greet your nose, while each sip is kissed with honey and alcohol warmth.
Boiled sliced lamb in chili sauce was infinitely more than that humble description, a stunning mountain of earthy meat joined by petals of sweet onions, thick slices of nutty garlic, and snappy broccoli florets.
I would have bet a thousand dollars even before it opened that the new Wynnewood location of Sabrina’s Café, which already has three popular sites around Philadelphia, would be a success in relatively short order.
Under new leadership, the Passyunk favorite finds sweets cavorting with meats alongside peppercorn beer on tap.