|(from Tapestry website)|
Tapestry replaced the beloved Adsum on the Queen Village corner of 5th and Bainbridge this past November. It was coined the latest gastropub in a series of openings around town, but feels less like the "pub" half of that label than most others.
Floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides open up the small-ish space and a slightly larger wine selection than many other gastropubs helps that cause. The menu, however, is a refreshing return to what we saw from gastropubs when the trend exploded a few years ago - upscale versions of staple items like burgers, fish n' chips and apps. We've been frustrated by some other well-established gastropubs fancying up their menus lately and taking off these traditional items. No matter what you call it, Tapestry is a safe bet for good food, drink and atmosphere.
Two enormous chalkboards provide the draft beer list and daily food specials. The beer selection is deep and rotates frequently. A third board lists 12+ traditional cocktails for $8 - $10 each. Bradd had a couple very well made Negronis during our first visit. Off the wine list, I'm a big fan of how easy a few glasses of the smooth Coppo Barbera L'Avvocata 07' go down after a long week.
I won't go into a ton of detail on each dish, but so far everything we've eaten at Tapestry was very good:
Bacon-wrapped dates and sweet potato fries - Both come with cranberry cherry apple cider chipotle marmalade. Commence drooling now.
Fried rock shrimp with sriracha mayo - Loved it. Not enough rock shrimp on menus these days.
Roasted peppers and stravecchio on house made bread - This is a decent-sized portion, good for sharing.
Mac & cheese - Served plain, a.k.a. three cheese, as a small plate but there is also usually a "mac n' cheese of the day" on the specials board. We had it with pancetta and peas and it was delicious. Don't worry when it comes out a little runny - it's still tasty and doesn't leave a gross heap of digested cheese sitting in your stomach all night.
Fish and chips - Tasty, and more like giant, lightly breaded fish sticks. No charge to substitute sweet potato fries for the automatic side of steak fries.
Fried chicken - Bradd is a sucker for fried chicken and is glad to see it appearing in more places (call it the Federal Donuts effect, I guess). This fried chicken was quite good. Juicy and crispy, just the way we like it.
Tapestry Burger - Another solid burger to add to the lexicon of Philly burgers. It's not up there with burger at Supper, Pub & Kitchen or Village Whiskey, but most of us would be more than pleased with it.
|Daily special mac n' cheese|
The staff at Tapestry was also very friendly and helpful with menu selections. They seemed happily accommodating to larger groups that walked in, shuffling around tables/chairs as best they could to seat everyone. The bar is easy to eat at, too, plus there's a little shelf for standing patrons to sit their beers on. It's the little things, you know?
We're still looking for one more go-to, solid little pub in our neighborhood on the other side of Broad St. For Queen Villagers, they've got it in Tapestry.
700 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
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