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Monk's: Good Food, Good Beer

I'm in Philadelphia for four days, attending the Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference. Tonight my colleagues and I had dinner at Monk's Cafe. We had to wait 40 minutes for a table large enough for the eight of us. This was not a problem given that we could drink Belgian beer while we were waiting. I had Chimay Cinq on tap.

For dinner I had their Roasted Chicken. Here's the description:

half of a locally raised chicken, rubbed with herbs de provençe & scented with a slice of orange. served with vegetable and our suffing made with chicken & apple sausage

This might have been the most delicious chicken meal I have ever had in my life.

Good food, good beer, and stimulating conversation about evolutionary psychology and literature. Does it get any better than this?


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Jun. 9th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh dear lord up in heaven that sounds absolutely insanely amazing right about now.
Jun. 9th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Wow. Yeah, now I'm hungry... for both the food and the intellectual stimulation.

I've been reading your papers, by the way. Not very quickly, since reading the computer screen is much harder for me than reading hard copy. Still, wanted to let you know I've been enjoying it.
Jun. 9th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
There is a place near Madison called Monk's Retreat in Cross Plains. Sounds like a similar place to your Monk's. Neat thing about this place is they serve "spaghetti on the board" which is just plopped down for a group on the table (no plate) and you just dig in and eat it right there together.

I know, us Wisconsinites are crazy...
Jun. 9th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Oh, how I long for the academic lifestyle and some intellectually stimulating conversation. Your evening sounds perfect.
Jun. 9th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
Monk's is definitely good. The beer's expensive, but that means they can charge reasonable prices for the food. Their burgers and mussels are both excellent.

Try getting to Eulogy, over in Old City, it's around abouts 2nd and Chestnut. Last time I was there they had Samichlaus on tap. I can't vouch for the food, 'cause I've only ever had beer there, but it's definitely another good beer place.

So's Tria, but that's in Center City right near Rittenhouse Square. It's more of a snack place, with cheese and olives and whatnot, I guess you could eat a meal there (they had sandwiches) but it's more of a place to kill some time at while you're waiting for someone or something.
Jun. 9th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I had seen your photo of the Samichlaus tap and immediately put Eulogy on my list of places to check out this trip. I may head over there this evening. It depends on what my colleagues want to do. Or maybe not. Screw them.
Jun. 10th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Eulogy lived up to expectations, and their food was good, too. Samichlaus on tap was still available. It was the first time I've had it since 1990, and the first time on tap. Unforgettable.
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