Woke up on Memorial Day Sunday at a very early (for me) hour, 9 am to prepare for Sunday Brunch at Iron Chef Jose Garces' "Distrito". One of several establishments he owns in Philadelphia, all of which are different from the next.
Arriving a few minutes early for an 11 o'clock reservation, we were the first customers, which was great! This was an opportunity to look around, ask questions and take pictures.
After being seated, a greeting by Ian familiarized us with the restaurant, the menu and the alcohol. Ian has family in Mexico City, but is American/Scottish/French and knew the menu inside and out. A real waiter! The real Mexicans were upstairs preparing the food for us which included
the guacamole (required by law), tortilla soup, steak and eggs with refried beans, [fancy] tacos and of course the optional Margarita Bloody Mary, another
drink required by law. A special thanks to the bartender for this wild concoction! Distrito is not to be missed!
|Steak and eggs, refried beans|
|Bloody Mary Margarita|
|Downstairs Dining Room|
|Upstairs Dining Area / Open Kitchen - spotless!|
|Interesting "Community" Sink Adjacent To Restrooms-|
-Don't Forget...MODERN Mexican.
|Upstairs Booths. The Booths Spin (for privacy) similar to|
"The Whip" At The Amusement Park.
|LUCHA LIBRE masks adorn the staircase|
MOVING ON TO DINNER AT VILLAGE WHISKEY:
A late dinner on a Sunday night brought two unexpected 21st century experiences; a hostess with an iPad and a text message to my cellphone to tell me that the table was ready. How did she know my cell number?!?! The 45 minute wait was only about 15 minutes.
The Village Whiskey lives up to its name. Located on the corner ground floor of a century old office building, the restaurant offers at least 100 whiskeys and whiskys and a fine assortment of microbrewed bottled beers, with 6 on tap. Another interesting note: I have never seen a beer menu that shows "Market Price" for a guest beer. I thought this only applies applies to fresh lobster at a seafood restaurant! Speaking lobster, I ordered Jamies Lobster Mac and Cheese.....
An assortment of three cheeses and the meat of two lobster claws with toasted breadcrumbs on top, was a delicious mix with lobster in every spoonful. Yes, you will need a spoon, not a fork to fully enjoy this. Accompanied by two local beers and a double "pour" of Mexican mezcal for dessert, no shots here, a fun time was had by me. Christina our South Philly waitress was great even though she was quite busy. yes, you're allowed to say "Philly" here unlike saying "Frisco", where you will be taken outback and executed. Enjoy your visit to Philadelphia AND San Francisco.