Two reviewers. Two wildly different opinions.
McGinnis’ only complaint here was price. “It’s plenty potent, but at $10 per ‘mug’ (actually a tiny antique teacup), I felt a little ripped off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the guy who wants a 12 percent beer poured into an Imperial pint glass. I’m down with appropriate-sized glassware. I’m also down with appropriate pricing: I ain’t paying $10 for a tea cup of anything. Plus I felt a bit like the queen of England—pinkies out!”
He was also a fan of the Augurs of Spring, “a divine take on the classic martini with plymouth gin, dolin dry vermouth, a bitter potable called meletti amaro and narcissus bitters.”
In conclusion, says Freedman, Farmers’ Cabinet is “easily one of the more exciting, satisfying restaurants to open in the city.”
Not so fuckin’ fast, McGinnis says. “Like Old Mother Hubbard, I opened up the Farmers’ Cabinet and saw that there was really nothing much in it at all.”
1113 Walnut St.
Hours: Daily, 3pm-2am; Brunch Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm.
Price range: $5-$80.
Cuisine type: McGinnis: “Archaic farm to table.” Freedman:“Rustic American given serious, joyous respect.”
Atmosphere: Freedman: “Dimly lit and evocative of some sort of quintessential man-cave, and perfect for it.” McGinnis: “Tombstone meets Disneyworld.”
Food: McGinnis: “Rustic, locally sourced, underseasoned fare.” Freedman: “Rich and generally very well-prepared.”
Service: McGinnis: “Friendly.” Freedman: “Knowledgeable and helpful. And Caleb Deitch, formerly of Snackbar, may be one of the best waiters in the city, raising his work to an art form.”
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