So my household is a pretty interesting one when it comes to dinner. We eat out A LOT (late nights at the studio followed by 6am class the next morning means Jillian wants a drink and some food in her belly ASAP.)
And it's got to be fresh and delicious. It's also got to have an amazing burger or steak for Ken, and a great local seasonally changing menu with an awesome cocktail line up for me!
I've experienced some of the best food and some of the worst food in this city over the past 6+ years since our move from NY. I'm here in hopes of helping you experience more of the best and less of the worst.
We'll start with a close-to-home favorite of mine. Lloyd whisky bar in Fishtown.
Lloyd is a gem in the neighborhood of Fishtown, a neighborhood that is trying so hard to get its foothold on "adulting" but still finds itself overrun with that young hipster crowd on your typical Friday/Saturday night. Luckily, Lloyd is a bit of a hop, skip & jump from the craze of Frankford & Girard Ave. and is generally one of the quieter late night spots on this side of town.
Inside| classy. rural. Definitely a whisky bar, and definitely a whisky bar to please the masses.
Drinks: Auchentoshan Three Wood for Ken. Rittenhouse Rye Sazerac for me!
Sazeracs are one of those drinks that can be made REALLY well, or not at all. A bad Sazerac can really top off a long day. I've been there, I know.
The staff whom work at Lloyd have always been knowledgable and their drinks consistent in my experiences. They nail a Sazerac and I am glad, because they're close to home and I can't make one as hard as I might try.
Our first course was on the list of specials, which I always appreciate as they're seasonal and change weekly, if not more often. We opted for the Salt Roasted Purple Sweet Potatoes, described with a great list of accoutrements including bourbon-glazed pork belly, sunny egg, pickled chili peppers and fried farro.
I love how purple sweet potatoes are not quite as sweet as the standard sweet potato. I am always nervous about the salt roasted thing- too much salt and pointe shoes WILL not fit onto those swollen feet in addition to my completely accidental habit of being a meal murderer with the salt! The pork belly was absolutely delicious, and the peices were small but plentiful! My favorite of all was the fried farro, something that's difficult to do at home. It brings a new texture to the plate (kind of like puffed rice), in addition to bringing a clean nutty flavor.
For our dinner course Ken got a burger. They have a bohemoth burger with 2 patties, pork belly, and a ton of other crazy things on it. It's called the "Graddad Burger". Ken opted for the single pattie "Lloyd Burger" with bacon, pickled red onions, cheddar, and bread and butter pickles. I have heard great things about both, and the Graddad is definitely described as a towering heap of meat.
I got the mozzarella and avocado sandwich. I'm not one for a veggie sandwich, but when it includes more purple sweet potatoes and a strawberry-basil pesto, I am always down to clown. There are a few I do enjoy in the city and this is definitely one of them. The bread is awesome, and it came with a watermelon salad which is always a plus.
Most importantly of all, they do a really solid Aviation at this place. Which is important, because Creme de Violette is really difficult to come across in Philly and they definitely use it in their standard aviation. It's kind of like summer in a glass.
LLOYD WHISKEY BAR
529 E. Girard Ave | Philadelphia PA