Philadelphia: Bar Ferdinand
We are on a mission to find the best tapas in Philadelphia. Care to join us for the ride?
After a particularly enjoyable wedding at the end of the summer, a group of 3 couples decided to sign up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon together. Too much Bacardi or Greygoose will make you do anything.
Is this some new dance move???
Fast forward a few months and not only did we complete the Half Marathon, we are still running together and have become great friends. One of the couples has the most adorable one year old ever so they can’t often join us for post run celebrations, but we more than make up for it by ordering more food than necessary. A couple of weeks ago we ate at Tinto (I didn’t have my camera), and last weekend we headed over to Bar Ferdinand.
There is no better way to celebrate a long run… in the RAIN… then with tapas. After completing 8 miles in a Philadelphia downpour (we were the only ones on Kelly Drive- something one does not often see), we showered, threw on random warm outfits, and headed to Bar Ferdinand.
Bar Ferdinand is located in Northern Liberties, an area of Philadelphia I have yet to explore. We walked by a lot of cute shops, and I would like to go back when they are open sometime! We had made a reservation, although since it was 5:45 PM on a Sunday night, we didn’t need one. The decor of the restaurant is so fun, and very Spanish. There is a mosaic on the wall of a bull that was beautifully done. I absolutely love it. The menu was also interesting, with lots of different types of tapas. When eating at a tapas restaurant, one really needs to have an open mind. I ate a lot of foods I wouldn’t normally eat, but I noticed that since everything was so flavorful, a small taste satisfied.
Kristine and I sat down and impatiently waited for the boys to park the car and join us. We may have ordered one little tapa to start us off before our husbands arrived. Sorry husbands, our bellies trumped our manners! (Note: The menu is online so most of the descriptions come from there)
Membrillo stuffed fried Manchego, frozen apple foam, walnut membrillo purée
While perusing the menu we ordered a cheese plate, with extra bread of course. I am not a fan of these types of cheeses so I didn’t try any, but my dinner mates said that all the cheeses, especially the soft goat cheese, were incredible. I love that the restaurant offered a pairing with each cheese.
PLATO DE QUESO
Assorted cheese plate, quince paste, olive tapenade, sangría jelly, candied Marcona almonds
We each ordered one or two items for the table to share. I will say that every item I tried was absolutely delicious, and perfectly done. I can be very particular with my food, and I will say that Bar Ferdinand did a great job making sure each dish had a balance of flavors and tastes. Our dishes:
Braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and a pomegranate reductions:
ENSALADA DE PATO
Duck Confit, frisee, crispy potatoes, poached duck egg, sherry vinegar, olive oil:
Scallop with squid ink risotto
PECHUGA DE POLLO AHUMADO
Seared chicken breast, San Simon cheese, chorizo, bacon, swiss chard, smoked paprika aioli
Wild mushroom, caramelized onion, sautéed spinach, Manchego cheese
CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE
fried Andalusian doughnuts, chocolate
Everyone in our party agreed that the vegetariano sandwich was the absolute highlight of the night. It was so satisfying and flavorful, and reminded me of a healthier version of a gourmet cheesesteak (sans meat of course). I was in heaven!
By the time we finished feasting more than half of the tables were filled with patrons eating, drinking, and laughing. To have that many diners on a Sunday night means they are doing something right. I highly recommend Bar Ferdinand for a fun night out! The best part? The bill! We spent way less than we expected to… the prices are very reasonable, especially for the quality of food.
Next time you are in Northern Liberties, stop into Bar Ferdinand for a meal! And don’t forget to get the vegetariano sandwich!
Have a craving for chocolate covered pretzel rods?? The Chic Life is hosting an online bake sale, with the proceeds going to relief efforts in Haiti. You could be the lucky winner of a batch of custom chocolate covered pretzel rods! The bake sale is tomorrow. Don’t forget to bid!
Just in case you forget how delicious they look…