No longer just how p*rnstars dressed as schoolgirls apologize, SoWe is also the name of a new 50-seat American bistro-cum-bar sliding into the shuttered Divan space with a now-rustic, natural-resource-rich interior sporting exposed structural brick walls and more old wood than the audience for that new Betty White show.
The menu's unreal delicious: it leads with savory snacks (breadcrumb-crusted mac 'n cheese; smoky-blue-cheese-dipped wings...), then moves into sandwiches (crab cake sliders on brioche; slow-roasted pork belly pastrami on marble rye...), salads (Grilled Seafood Caesar w/ shrimp & crab), and mains (crispy cornmeal catfish w/ bacon salad; five-spice chili-rubbed duck breast on soba noodles & peanuts...), before finishing things off with desserts like a bittersweet chocolate mousse, likely paired with a bittersweet chocolate squirrel wearing an aviator's hat and goggles. Drinks'll come from a weathered oak bar and include a run of bottled beers grouped by nationality (i.e. Belgium's 't Ggaverhopke Quadruple); boozy grapes in all the colors (available by the bottle or glass); and cocktails like the Blossoming Sunrise (sparkling wine, orange vodka), the Kentucky Side Stepper (bourbon, orange bitters, St. Germain), and the Broad Street Bully, a take on a 'rita designed to strike fear in the heart of Sidney Crosby.
And because Sidney's gonna need something to cure that headache, SoWe's weekend brunch'll include helpings of cheesecake-stuffed french toast and a brown butter caramel cinnamon beignet, "beignet!" being how p*rnstars dressed as schoolgirls express their excitement when they realize they're shooting a scene with Principal Ben.
Published: April 24, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
918 S 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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