Lemon Hill

Remember our difficulty in choosing a place when we ended up at Supper?  Well, we finally made it to our original destination, Lemon Hill!  Lemon Hill is the new venture by the proprietors of Franklin Mortgage and Investment and Supper in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city.  Fairmount is (in)famous for bar hopping and generally cheap eats, so this adorable palette-challenging spot is a great addition to the area.

The Drinks

Franklin Mortgage is (obviously) responsible for the tasty cocktail offered at Lemon Hill, which was the original reason that we wanted to try the place out.  We were not disappointed (so not disappointed, in fact, that we each partook in two drinks).

Holly:Clover Club

The clover club is a twist on the Pink Lady, which is one of may favorite drinks.  I liked the sweet and sour flavors, and the smoothness that egg whites add to a drink is always appealing to me.  This drink tasted a bit summer-y to me, due to the fruitiness of the raspberry syrup.  Super tasty, and a great starter drink.

Holly: Fairmount Project

My second beverage was a play on an Aviation, which is known for the inclusion of maraschino syrup.  The Fairmount Project is more complex than the clover club, and was a great complement to dinner.  I really enjoyed how sour it was–like an adult sour candy.

Josh: Blues Explosion:

I’m not one for Tennessee whiskey on most days (actually everyday), but the ingredients caught my eye. Fresh grapefruit juice with maple syrup & Angostura bitters made for an exception when I would otherwise order something with bourbon or rye.

Current Drinks Menu

The Food

Appetizers

Holly: Smoked Tomato Soup with Bleu Cheese Popovers

How could I say no?  This soup was smooth, rich, and creamy. The popovers were adorable little semi-fried blobs of bleu cheese that slowly melted into the soup, adding a touch of funk that made the whole thing that much more interesting.  I really enjoyed this (and it inspired me to start adding bleu cheese to tomato soup all the time!)

Josh: Hot Spiced Pecans

These were more than I ever hoped they could be. I like pecan pie, and that’s about it for me and pecans; but smoked nuts with bacon sounded interesting and a nice snack to have with the first drink while waiting on our food. These were the perfect blend of smokey and salty and the cuts of thick bacon and red cherry peppers went great with the flavors.

Dinner

Holly: Roasted Mushroom French Dip

I was feeling like I hadn’t eaten nearly enough vegetables that day, and I love how the earthy flavor of mushrooms in a sandwich act like a protein.  Goat cheese was a great addition as well, because like the popovers, the slight funkiness was a great addition to the mushrooms.  This sandwich was fun to eat, also, because like a classic french dip, it came with a small bowl of jus for dipping.  Who doesn’t like to play with their food a little bit?

Josh: Fish Special of the Day: Scallops with charred escarole, potatoes, and “salsa” verde

I wasn’t sure what I was going to get and made one of those last second menu decisions. I was worried I’d have regrets and that the patty melt (Need to go back and try) would be infinitely better. My doubts were assuaged by some of the best cooked scallops I’ve ever had.

Dessert: Mississippi Mud Pie

There was a much more exciting option on the menu (key lime pie if I remember), but they were out of it at the time. I went with the Mississippi Mud Pie out of a sense of needing to have some kind of desert to gauge the restaurant on for the review. It was well made, but there wasn’t anything that was standout about it.

Current Dinner Menu

The Design

Lemon Hill is barely designed at all. It almost feels like walking into someone’s classy Philly row home (which it basically is).  The exposed brick wall may be a little overdone in restaurants around here, but at least this one is original to the building, and it serves a purpose by separating the bar from the quieter dinner area.The copper-y tin ceiling (which is probably actually a acoustic panel tile) is a beautiful element in this pretty bare-bones space.   If it is acoustical tile, it was a smart choice for a restaurant that invites cozy dinners with friends or a date: many restaurants forget that although hard surfaces usually look pretty great, they are horrible at dimming the sound that will inevitably be a problem.  My one real complaint is that the faux finish on the wall was pretty ugly, and I would have much preferred simple paint (or at least losing the textured “sandy” grit that they used).  Overall, Lemon Hill felt warm and homey, just like the food.

The Service

The staff was kind and helpful. At the beginning we did have that long wait when you aren’t ready to order so they really give you a lot of time to order. This was annoying but also understandable to a degree.

The Receipt

Closer to the 20 dollar side of a 10-20 dollar range for meals, I definitely felt we got good values. The cocktails lived up to my expectations and the prices along the lines of being just below Franklin Mortgage prices with a taste level that was equally just below it.

Our Ratings

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 5/5

Design: 3/5

Service: 5/5

Budget: 4/5

Overall Experience: 5/5

Will We Visit Again?

Definitely.  How could we not?  We love Supper.  We Love the Franklin.  This is the best of both worlds, and pretty close to where we live, as well!

Restaurant Website

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The Prohibition Taproom

This post will be different than the standard format simply because we’ve gone almost a half-dozen times to prohibition since we found it. This is more of an overview of the food and the place rather than the snapshot-specific views we usually do.

The Drinks
One of my main reasons for us to check out Prohibition (I regularly look for new places on the net) is that they have this thing called the old man drink of the day (OMDD). The OMDD changes daily and is always a hard liquor cocktail made with house spirits and is something that your grandfather likely drank. In addition to having a full bar and mixing the OMDD they have a decent amount of taps (10ish) rotating with local and imports. In addition to the taps, they have a decent bottle list covering the major styles and there should be something for everyone on that list.

The Food

Prohibition offers the kind of food you’d expect from a standard bar with some attempts at referencing America’s industrial past. The burgers are great and the Shepard’s pie is made with cuts of beef rather than the ground beef you find at most places. There are some interesting twists as well. If you are there just for drinks or want an appetizer with your drink before your food comes then you must order the fried green beans. They are lightly fried in the same batter they use for fish and chips and are still crisp. They make a great salt snack to  share since they come out in a big bowl.

Be sure to look out for the grilled cheese sandwich of the day on the board. They mix it up just like the OMDDAdditionally they also do different deserts like pumpkin bread pudding (the most recent time I went) that are really well made and always interesting.

The Design

“Prohibition is…not a pretty place” – Holly. Prohibition looks like a dive bar, but is well kept and has some slight style with fixtures and features that make it look like a combination of a turn of the century saloon and turn of the century factory space.  It might not be much to look at but all of the furniture and the bar layout works well and definitely encourages a focus on the people you go with rather than whats around you.

The Overall Experience

Prohibition sports good service, and a nice, if bare bones atmosphere and is a great place to go when you just want to hit up a regular bar for a beer and a burger. Basic old school bars like prohibition are hard to find (most basic bars are sports bars, “Irish” pubs, or a mix of both) and we were glad to find it. It’s a place you can go with no expectation and still have an enjoyable and relaxing night.

The Receipt

Burgers and other sandwich or salad meals run around 10 bucks. Dinner entrees are all under 20. The beer and cocktails are equally affordable.

Our Ratings

Drinks: 3/5

Food: 4/5

Design: 2/5

Service: 4/5

Budget: 5/5

Overall Experience: 4/5

Will We Visit Again

Definitely. We’ve already been twice.  It’s an easy location to park at, the food is decent and affordable, and the allure of a different old man drink each visit is somewhat irresistible!

Restaurant Website