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Kite and Key
Posted by Jay in Callowhill on 04/13/2013
I like a lively restaurant-bar. This was over the top noisy. Ya have to yell, just to hear your dinner mates. The "hostess" sat one of our party in the back where she ate her meal, thinking the other 3 of us did not show up. We only discovered that night, we were all there but the hostess was so distracted. she never made the connection. Early Dinner was great. But at night? It's a noisy crash of music, drunks and so-so food.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2012
I visited this restaurant with my co-workers and I must say that we left unsatisfied. The waitress was rude and lacked manners. The food was okay. Our waitress rushed us to place our orders. She didn’t even offer to bring us any drinks. We sipped on water the whole time we ate our lunch. It took a half an hour for our food to come. By far this restaurant is at the bottom of my list and I will not be going here again. I prefer other restaurants in the area that have friendlier service and way better food.
Posted by Ali on 05/07/2011
I tried here for the second time this month and I so wanted to like this place. However, the service is just so poor. Slow, unfriendly, bartenders in a very unpacked bar does not make me want to fly my drinking kite here again. Also, very inconsistant pricing on our 2 rounds of beer. And neither charge seemed like a great deal to me.
Posted by JimmyJ on 01/14/2011
I stopped by the Kite and Key and sat at the bar for a beer and a bite to eat. The bartender took over 10 minutes to come over and take my order. Against my better judgement I ordered a burger. Mistake. It took 35 minutes for the burger to arrive. I will not be stopping by this place again.
Posted by LMG on 01/08/2010
Love the beer selection! Fair prices for great beers on tap. The atmosphere is nice and it is spacious enough to accommodate a larger group. We ordered the calamari to share, which was lovely (if a little pricey for the portion). However, my "Kite and Key Burger" left much to be desired. It was unpleasantly charred and the meat just didn't taste very good. A shame, because nothing goes better with delicious beer (I think I had the Troegs Rugged Trail?) than a burger. Others in my party fared better with their meals, though.
Posted by erin on 05/21/2009
had valentines dinner here. it was just perfect for what we were looking for, low key but great quality! the food was awesome, i had butternut squash soup and a parm and green apple salad and hummus plate. the service was knowledgable and attentive. thank you!
Posted by philly eater on 05/14/2009
My girlfriend and I stumbled upon “Kite And Key” on the way to whole foods in the art museum area and decided to stop in to check it out. The outside looks nice: good façade and a few tables for outside dining. The inside is nice enough; there are a few TVs on the wall if you want to catch the game. Alas, we were there for a quick bite. To say 'aweful' would be incorrect. There was nothing BAD about the food. Then again, there was nothing good about it either. We decided to split an order of edamame, fried calamari and a burger. Everything was tasteless. The breading on the calamari was corn-meal ... and tasted like that's all it was. Not salt, not pepper... hell not even grease. There certainly wasn't any calamari flavor to speak of. *laugh* The dipping sauce at least gave it SOMETHING for the palette. The edamame was the best part of the meal, but lacked the usual amount of salt. I will say, though, that it was cooked well... so this was CLOSE to acceptable. Please note: I don't usually salt my food... so i'm not a salt-freak who thinks that everything must be salty to have a flavor. Moving onto the burger; WOW... it was completely uneventful. I'm pretty sure the burger was just made from ground beef, a LOT of bread crumbs and some egg to hold it together. ZERO flavor. (unless we dipped in the calamari dipping sauce – this became the ongoing joke throughout the meal: ‘Everything in the bar should be served with calamari dipping sauce since it’s the only thing that had any flavor.’) The roll that held the burger LOOKED good, but was just chewy and flavorless. EVEN THE PICKLE was off. Limp and devoid of flavor. How ODD! We couldn’t wait to leave so we could drive to whole foods and find something to restore our tastebuds. For a while there I wondered if I had a cold that was screwing with my sense of taste. But whole Foods confirmed that it wasn’t my health and that the the food at this place was as lifeless and uninspired as the 'crowd' sitting at the bar staring at the tv screens. If in the art museum area… pray that high-winds will sail your kite elsewhere.