...and what to eat with them
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.