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Posted by bucksvistor on 11/16/2011
Recently visit family in south philly and we went to the S. Philly Tap Room for lunch. Food was fantastic. We all loved our meals. Everyone was pleasant and accomodating. The atmosphere was great. Looking forward to lunch there on my next visit to South Philly.
Posted by ljes on 12/30/2009
recently enjoyed the brunch. Excellent fresh food, well prepared, the service and atmosphere were great. It was all artfully plated, but best of all the taste was great. this will be my new place to visit, and can't wait to try other offerings!
Posted by Ali on 06/25/2009
The SPTR is conveniently located down the street from my boyfriends house and makes it a great place to walk our dog and sit out on the patio. However, it would be a dream if there was actually something called good service. Every time we sit on the patio, we wait at least a half hour until somebody notices we're there, then another 15 minutes to bring the menu's, another 20 to bring the beers...you get it. We've had servers tell us "sorry I'm the only one on tonight" and then sneak out back to have a smoke break, and act all chummy with us while they pet our dog. It is very unprofessional. The menu is ok, and has a wide variety of vegan/vegetarian food, but why, dear god why do they insist on putting scallions on fucking everything? When I was done shoveling them off my baby spinach salad, it took up half the plate. That's a lot of scallions. Btw the eggplant parm is not good, and neither is the mushroom enchiladas. Bottom line, if you've got a lot of time and feel like throwing down a bit of cash for a meal that is hit or miss at your expense, by all means have a great time. Otherwise, you'll never see us there again.
Posted by Emily on 04/01/2009
SPTR used to be my fav spot to hang with my friends, drink good beer and eat great food. Since the new chef I can barely tolerate any of the menu items. I've loved this bar so much in the past that I've kept going back, insisting that SOMETHING on the menu will please me. Truth is...the old menu rocked, changed often with new and exciting things and this new menu doesn't even hold a candle. I'm waiting for it to change. Until then, you can find me at the Pope, Devils Den, even the new Lucky 13 has better food. So sad to say, if the menu got better, I'd be back to my frequent Tap Room visits
Posted by Maria on 02/17/2009
We were just at a vegan beer dinner at The South Philly Tap Room and it was 100% wonderful! the chef created a menu that tasted great and was presented beautifully. Service was top notch and the beer went perfectly with each of the four courses! I am a regular customer there and always have a great time but I must say keep on doing those vegan dinners cause I´m in!
Posted by marim on 01/17/2009
I have some bad news. Ever since they've opened the second dining room, this place began to lose it's charm. I'm not sure what the new addition has to do with it - it looks fabulous and is cozy, but the staff seems to have been what made this place and they disappeared just as the dining room appeared. They somehow lost their chef who made exciting food. He was the one that taught me to love spicy food with his relentless offerings of hot delicousness. Replaced instead is a chef who insists on serving everyone his "homemade ketchup". I'm usually someone who is in to things made from scratch and would be thrilled to see a rejection of processed food, but that just isn't ketchup, it's watery tomato sauce with a splash of vinegar. The fries are poorly cooked potato wedges. All of this is overpriced. The beer list lacks descriptions of its offerings, guidance I'd found valuable. The service is grumpy and aimed at making sure you know they want you out pronto. Oh well, I hope to update you in another year to say things have turned around!
Posted by gotsumoves on 05/30/2008
I've dined on the new menu twice and both times have been disappointed. I still don't get why on earth you would serve all sandwiches on english muffins. English muffins!? The SPTR is surrounded if not mobbed by great classic south philly italian bakeries that deliver fresh crusty bread every morning and they decide to serve your sandwiches on english muffins!? They would serve better as coasters or mini dog frisbees. The battered zucchini are way too big and sloppily done, looking more like big moon rocks. The frito pie is served in its own bag in an attempt to be creative. The cheese on the vegetarian chili was clumped together and not melted nearly enough. I described the new menu to my dining partner as trailer park gourmet. The dishes are inspired but the ution is heavy handed and lacks attention to detail. If i go to the SPTR again it will be for the beer and nothing else.