I met my better half for lunch this week at her end of town and went to a relatively new establishment in the Curtis Center, one of the nicest buildings in the city. And, boy did this restaurant deliver. The Cooperage is billed as the place where the gastropub meets southern soul and the menu carries that flavor through all of the courses. As it was Restaurant Week, we took full advantage of the 3 courses for $20 lunch special. For starters, I chose the beef n’ bean chili and she had the pork nachos. While the chili was quite good, the pork nachos came as three big nachos piled high with pulled pork, smoked grapefruit & blood orange salsa, lime crema and sriracha.
For our next course, my wife selected the chicken salad sandwich that came with red grapes, dried cherries and candied pecans on a brioche bun. I opted for the pork Italiano that came with broccoli rabe, roasted peppers and provolone on a baguette. Of course, I asked for no broccoli rabe and in spite of my leanings left the provolone cheese when I really would have preferred cheddar. We agreed that this round was a toss-up and headed into dessert.
I chose the deep-fried Oreos (in a batter like funnel cake) and she selected the Coopwich (two house baked cookies with a vanilla ice cream center. The Coopwich was a formidable end to the lunch with two massive cookies when we were expecting a thinner cookie ala the Chipwich. Had the fried Oreos come as advertised with vanilla ice cream rather than the coffee ice cream, that I suppose was an added “treat”, they would have been the clear winner. However, when we combined the fried Oreos with the vanilla ice cream from the Coopwich, we had created a winning dessert.
The service seemed a little slow for lunch time as the three courses were spread over a leisurely hour and a half. But, this was completely within my service record. This was a great find and after looking over the whiskey roster, I think we will have to go back for Happy Hour.
Cooperage: A Wine & Whiskey Bar
The Curtis Center (Corner of 7th & Sansom)
Categories: Food Review