Sometimes taking a day-trip into a city is what the soul is hungry for. Philadelphia was where I decided to go since I’m in the crosshairs of NYC and Philly (one of the perks of living and growing up in New Jersey). My good friend, who also happens to be a chef, lives in the city and we always have some kind of food-related adventure with each other. He took me to a place called The Corner Foodery on 17th Street and let me tell you, I instantly fell in love when I walked in. It was lunchtime and, before I had to catch my train home, we decided that this would be the perfect place to stop. From outside it looks like any ordinary eating establishment but when I walked in, the tables turned for the better: aesthetically pleasing dark woods, a bunch of small tables, an endless amount of craft beer ready to drink, and the small kitchen. It was, in my opinion, the definition of a gastropub (which I happen to have a strong affinity towards).
The menu is rather small, focusing on premium Italian deli sandwiches and foods of the like. The beer selection is incredible and has something for everyone; I went with Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale. I was itching to try this brew for quite some time and I figured what better opportunity to take a stab at it. Then, after having chosen my beverage, I ordered “The Godfather,” a cold sandwich of pure simple delicacy. The bread is something worth noting considering it’s baked in South Philly–local, local, local is absolute key here–and is loaded with a perfect balance of yeast, crispness, and airiness that a sub sandwich should possess. The meat was the traditional prosciutto, pepperoni, and coppa with provolone which was liberally, but not too overwhelming, placed between the two walls of baked perfection. An addition of lettuce, tomato, onion, and oil/vinegar tied the whole sandwich together perfectly. It also came with a side of chips and house-cured pickles which we absolutely insane. The flavors, the crispness–everything about it was what I was looking for. Paired with Dale’s Pale Ale, my taste buds were having a orgy of pleasure. I was in complete heaven.
Everything about this place hit all the notes that a great, local spot should have. Needless to say I will be coming back with a hungry stomach and a thirst for great craft beers.