Beer, Eating out, Food, Restaurant, Reviews, Wings

Order Take-Out or Delivery TODAY! We did! The Whitpain Tavern / Blue Bell, PA

Wing pic from their website…to put you in the mood.

We are all feeling it. This quarantine is trying in so many ways. Beside all of the other issues like employment insecurity, financial burdens and mental sanity to not say the least, not being able to eat out really hurts. It’s changed my routine for sure. Listen I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. This blog’s name for goodness sake is ILoveEatingOut….so duh.

Now is the time for us to buy at least one meal a week from your favorite local place to give them a little helping hand. You want them to still be in business when all of this craziness is past us right? You might have a concern over ordering take-out right now and I do too! I have copied a couple of Q and A directly from the CDC website regarding this so hopefully it will ease your mind if you have concerns. See below.

Q: Can I get sick with COVID-19 from touching food, the food packaging, or food contact surfaces, if the coronavirus was present on it?

A: Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects. For that reason, it is critical to wash your hands often, including utensils.

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker handling my food?

A: Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in some communities in the U.S. The CDC recommends that if you are sick, stay home until you are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

Anyone handling, preparing and serving food should always follow safe food handling procedures, such as washing hands and surfaces often.”

AND back to my thoughts…

Listen, it won’t hurt to follow some basic precautions while getting your take-out. While I’m certainly not an infectious disease expert by any means, I have the internet and TV to inform me (LOL). No seriously, I read and heard that stomach acids will kill the virus so there doesn’t seem to be any risk in investing it. Just be careful when you get your food home. Empty the food directly onto your own plates and discard the containers. Heat up your food in the oven for a bit or even microwave. Again, I’m not an expert and I don’t know if this will help but I can’t imagine it will hurt. WASH YOUR HANDS after handling the containers and before you eat.

The Hubs and I ordered from one of the local watering holes The Whitpain Tavern in Blue Bell, PA. We love to go there and listen to live music and just chill with some wings, fries, drinks whether its just us or with some of our neighbors. It was really nice of them to offer us delivery without a charge. I’m not sure what their requirements are but you probably have to be pretty local to qualify for this free service. Note they do have curbside pick up too if you need to get out and take a drive. OH! And they also delivered a 6-pack too so that was very convenient.

I’m lacking pictures this time folks sorry but I can tell you our food was great. We had hot wings, hot BBQ wings, and Shane’s French Onion Fries. The wings are always big and meaty. They are fried and generously tossed in your sauce of choice. The Garlic BBQ sauce is so good. Little pieces of real garlic mixed into the traditional BBQ sauce makes this very special. Wings are served with celery and blue cheese. The fries we got are sidewinder fries which are basically curly steak fries crispy on the outside and soft and hot on the inside. On top they melted provolone and Swiss cheese and then covered it with a layer of crispy onion straws and its served with the most delicious beef gravy I have ever had. Really if it was acceptable, I’d drink this gravy from a cup. Mmmmmmm drinkin’ gravy from a cup…LOL. I should mention that the fries weren’t as delicious as when they come directly from the kitchen to the table but that’s ok, they were still very satisfying.

Alright enough of my rambling. It’s getting close to dinner time so start thinking about what restaurant you want to support and I don’t mean McDonalds or Wendy’s people! I mean those small businesses that have delicious food we crave along with the warm environments we love. Help keep these places above water until they can get back on track. Thanks for reading folks and we will be eating out more often soon enough! Stay safe everyone.

Beer, Eating out, Food, Philadelphia suburb, Restaurant, Reviews

City Works Eatery and Pour House in King of Prussia, PA

If you want a great beer with mediocre food this is your place. Sorry but the food was a real let down. The beer, however, was alright.

Beer first! You can ask for a sample (more like a sippy taste) of any beer you want before you order one of the two sizes offered. They are offered in full size or a 6 oz pour. You can also order a flight. The flight includes any 4 beers you want. The flight beers range individually in price from $3 to as high as $8 but most of them were between $3 to $4 so you are likely to spend about $12 to $16 a flight. Below is a picture of my flight. (Crunch was my favorite.)

Beer Flight

I ordered a Mushroom Flatbread made with mushrooms, chili oil, mozzarella, caramelized onions, goat cheese, baby arugula, and lemon truffle oil. Now come on man, these are the ingredients for a fantastic flatbread! Unfortunately, the cooking preparation fell short. Flatbread is supposed to be crispy, not soggy and this was soggy all the way around, especially the bottom. The caramelized onions were just plopped in a couple of places rather than being spread about the dough. This was a real disappointment.

Mushroom Flatbread

Dan ordered the fish tacos. They were made with cornmeal beer battered mahi-mahi, chipotle coleslaw, pico de gallo, cilantro lime cream, micro cilantro on white corn tortillas for $16. The portion was hearty with three tacos and a side corn and bean salad. (I was lucky! Dan shared and gave me a taco for the review!) The presentation was spot on and it could have been delicious if only the fish wasn’t overcooked and dry. There wasn’t enough condiments on the taco to make up for the dryness so it was difficult to eat.

Fish Tacos

Bonus food review! My Mom ordered the Baked Mac and Cheese made with smoked cheddar, grilled chicken, bacon lardons (basically fatty bacon chunks), smoked cheddar gratin, and cavatappi pasta. The best part of this dish was the chicken. It was very juicy and cooked to perfection. Sadly, the mac and cheese lacked the creamy, ooey, gooey cheesiness you crave with mac and cheese. Also if you aren’t a fan of smoke flavor, this is not the dish for you. The bacon coupled with the smoked cheese made for an intense smokiness I know I do not like, especially in mac and cheese.

Baked Mac and Cheese

Don’t get me wrong, City Works can be a great place to hang out and it’s large enough to accommodate large parties. On Saturday night it had a “place-to-be” vibe with the music playing from the strategically placed speakers. Keep in mind there are enough TV’s around so you can watch your favorite sporting event while enjoying your favorite brew. If you haven’t already guessed, the highlight of this establishment is the beer. You should be able to satisfy your growling tummy but be aware that the food compliments the beer or at least it will give you a good base in your belly for some beer drinking. If you are okay with that then you have to check this place out. It’s located in the King of Prussia Town Center which has a ton of restaurants and retail stores for the browsing so expect to see people of all ages roaming about and enjoying the elegant outdoor seating with fire pits and greenery all around. Make sure you make a reservation. I give City Works 3 out of 4 forks! Enjoy and thanks for reading.