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Posted by Amelia E on 11/12/2011
This place had a high rating from beer advocate and boy, were they right. Amazing selection of microbrews on tap and even more in bottles. For $8 I had a 4-glass flight of great beers that were all new to me, and all distinctive and tasty. Foodwise, we ordered the duck fries as an app and they blew us away. Fresh, handcut potatoes, crisp fried and topped with a light cheesy gravy and a huge pile of roasted duck meat. We followed with a kielbasi sandwich that was lifted far above average by meltingly delicious caramelized onions. On the downside, it was very crowded and noisy, and we had to fight for a table. I'm so glad we stuck it out.
Posted by Justin on 03/01/2011
Somehow, my friends managed to take me here for brunch, mentioning that is was a "secret" little place in Philly. It should have been kept a secret. The drinks were good and fairly priced, but I have no beef with the beverages. Not only did it takes us roughly 45 minutes to receive our meals (even though we were only one of four parties in the place) but the quality was subpar, and that's being generous. The girl across from me received something akin to eggs benedict. As she cut into her egg, I expected that delicious, pale-yellow yolk to burst forth and run all over her plate. Alas, nothing happened. The cooks had managed to completely overcook a poached egg. It only takes roughly 2-3 minutes to poach an egg, so either the kitchen didn't realize it was overcooked, or they were totally satisfied with the consistency of the yolk and couldn't be bother to redo it. Either way, it's unacceptable. Next, my friend sitting next to me offered me one of his side biscuits. I took a bite of what I was hoping to be a fluffy, buttery cloud but turned out to be a greasy, crunchy piece of granite. It tasted like someone had soaked a stack of saltines in oil, fried them, and them passed them off as some kind of edible bread product. Last, and least, was my meal: the spinach and goat cheese omelet with a side of potatoes. First, the potatoes: the kitchen has some balls to call this food and actually charge diners for it. These bland nuggets of starch tasted as though someone had put them in the fryer until perfectly browned and crispy, then let them sit out for roughly 72 hours before nuking them right before sending them out. However, the sickeningly sweet red relish on top did a nice job of diverting my tongue's attention elsewhere. As for the omelet itself, it was so blatantly overcooked, I paused to look around to see if I was on a hidden camera show. However, there was no quirky host telling me that I had been pranked, so I accepted that my legitimate meal had been delivered. After the first two bites, I wasn't particularly shocked to find that I had yet to taste any spinach or goat cheese. As it turns out, any fillings had been shifted completely to one end. I'm not sure why. It's almost as if the cook was thinking, "That's right. You're gonna have to struggle through this mess of a dish to find anything even remotely redeeming." A cruel, but funny, trick. By all means, stay for a drink and warm conversation. But the food...
Posted by Melissa on 02/28/2011
I have heard this place was good through friends! I am so glad I did have a chance to come to Devil's Den. The Food was amazing for sure! The beer was the best I ahve had too. I will be coming back to Devils Den for sure Once a month or Twice. Again Very happy choice over all the rest of the places around!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2011
Love this place...great service and food!
Posted by Adam on 10/04/2010
I live nearby and visit Devil's Den about twice a month. The place has great food and atmosphere. However, I've witnessed some of the recent downhill service. Last month, I had a friend visit. He's interested in moving to the neighborhood, so I took him to DD for a late dinner. About 15-20min after ordering, our waitress came by to admit that she "totally forgot our order". We re-ordered and tipped 20%. No biggie. Last week, I went there for dinner. I was craving an order of their delicious mussels with fries, however, I wanted something green in addition. I asked if I can order the mussels and add a small/house salad. The waitress had no intention of making my request/order easy. She said the only salads I could order are what's on the menu ($9-&$12). She then confusingly said that I could have the fries replaced with a salad. Huh? So you can do a side salad or not? Finally, as politely as I could I said, "ok, how about you swap the fries for the (nonexistent) salad and add a side of fries. Why in the world did it have to be so difficult. Once again, a sucker, I tipped 20%. I'm still going to visit DD, because of its convenience and competitive pricing, but a sucker no more.
Posted by Lorraine on 08/27/2010
I would disagree about the chickpea fries. I think they are incredibly bland and boring. Only a friendly criticism....
Posted by shabuchwae on 08/23/2010
Go for brunch!! Get the Chickpea Fries to start!!! Have fun!!! I'm very glad our first brunch option didn't pan out. Our waitress was extremely nice and went above and beyond at times throughout our meal. The bloody mary's are nicely sized and perfectly blended! I asked for it extra spicy and I didn't have to send it back for more spice! And the bartender who made it was hot :-) We had a community brunch of Juevos Rancheros, Chickpea Fries (AMAZING!!!!!! We threatened to wrestle each other for extra!!), Crab Eggs Benedict, Smoked Trout Hash, and the Casino Omelette. Juevos Rancheros wasn't very authentic looking...but was quite pleasing. I CAN'T SAY CHICKPEA FRIES ENOUGH!! I'm considering moving back to Philly just to be closer to these phenomenal little bites, which come with an awesome chipotle aioli!!! The Crab Eggs Benedict was visually appealing and tasty! Just know that the crab meat is rather sweet (that caught us off guard at first but was fine once we knew what flavor to expect). The Smoked Trout Hash was a table fav. The Casino omelette was good...just fluffier than we expected it to be. Intriguing flavors...and I do think I'd order the Casino Flatbread next time. But I'm glad I tried it. The potatoes that came with the Benedict and Casino were so nummers especially when dipped in the aioli, which our waitress saw we liked and offered to bring out more at no extra charge :-) The mixed greens served with the trout were plentiful and super fresh. We were four happy post-yoga class campers :-) I hear the restaurant has gone through many evolutions, some of which weren't so great. So if you weren't satisfied the first time you went, I recommend going back now that they seem to have found their groove :-)