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The Good Dog Bar – Philadelphia, PA

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments

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Heading out with the guys before the big concert – we only had about an hour to get some food and have a pre-concert cocktail. I looked up the “50 best bars in Philadelphia” article on the Philadelphia Weekly website, and found the Good Dog at Number 3. Apparently, this place is more of a gastropub than your regular watering hole, so we trudged through a few blocks of rain to get here – located just around the corner from Butcher & Singer.

The first thing I noticed walking in to Good Dog was that the music was loud. Not loud as in loud cocktail party loud, but more like “that music is too loud to think” loud. It was clear that even having a conversation here was going to be difficult.

The bar is quite narrow inside on the main floor, and the layout is a long bar along the left with small booths on your right. All the booths were taken, so we had a seat at the bar, but unfortunately the seats were already taken by some gents smoking outside, so we just decided to move upstairs. The inside of the main floor is pretty cool – the old carved dark wood of the booths, the low ceiling and dim lighting definitely gave me the impression that in another life, this place could have been my local – if they actually turned down the music once in a while. And before you judge me and say “come on – this is a bar on a Saturday night, the music is supposed to be loud” – this was actually 7pm on a Saturday night when everyone in the bar was there for the food – the three of us seated along the bar would have had a really hard time having a conversation – it was just too uncomfortable.

We went upstairs and were seated, given menus, and ordered a few appys. We tried the chicken tenders cordon bleu, the flatbread pizza of the day, and the beef empanadas. The food was a disappointment. The empanadas had been deep fried, not baked – this was no Empanaderia 1810 in Buenos Aires. The beef filling was mostly tasteless and they came with a sweet/vinegary sauce that I still can’t identify. The Chicken cordon bleu tenders were basically chicken tenders that had been wrapped in ham, breaded and fried. It came with what I think might have been a ranch or blue cheese dressing that I actually thought had spoiled – needless to say I only took one bite. The tenders themselves were dry, and didn’t have anything near the flavour of actual chicken cordon bleu – they just tasted like regular, dried out chicken tenders.

The flatbread pizza was actually okay – the crust was super-thin either whole wheat or spelt (or some other whole grain) crust, with a bit of sauce, some cheese, and actually little cubes of chicken with a very mild BBQ sauce that actually really worked. I normally don’t like BBQ chicken pizza because the cloying sweetness of BBQ sauce overpowers the entire pizza, but this was mild enough that the balance was good, and the whole wheat crust was delicious. The pizza was a bit undercooked – the crust was a bit soggy, but overall, this was the best thing we ordered.

Upstairs, I just felt like i was at a college bar – the red-painted walls and grooved pine wainscotting were nothing special (unlike the main floor), but thankfully the music wasn’t cranked and we were able to hear each other.

Overall, I don’t know if I’d come here again. Philly has too many other bars, many of which would be less crowded, more comfortable, and would have had better food. Considering at one point I looked out the window and thought “hey, that Applebee’s across the street probably has better food” – it actually got that bad. Sorry good dog, but you didn’t do it for me.

Good Dog Bar & Restaurant
224 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3806
Tel: (215) 985-9600
gooddogbar.com‎


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Tags: Beer · Philadelphia · Western Food

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