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Pre-Music Dinner At Honey’s

Last friday night, we were supposed to go to Johnny Brenda’s and check out some music… but I’m a jackass and didn’t buy tickets, and of course it was sold out, and of course we were denied. I was actually going to go to JB’s and try the grilled octopus (I promised myself I would), but instead, we ended up at Honey’s instead.

It was pretty late, but the place was still packed. There were no tables free, so we sat at the counter.

Yes, R got the bagel with nova lox. But she was this close to getting the challah french toast! In fact, after her first bagel, she realized that she should have gotten the french toast. Incidentally, I make a mean challah french toast. I’m not a big breakfast eater, and I’m not that keen of a breakfast maker, but my challah french toast skills are on point.

Even though I’m a full-blown omnivore to the n-th degree, sometimes, I purposely choose to eat a vegetarian meal. I went with a veggie chicken fried steak. Ok, so it was nothing like chicken fried steak at all. It was basically a couple of veggie burger patties with a hint of southwestern spices, that came with a big vat of white gravy. Put anything in white gravy and it’s mmm, mmm, good! I got to pick two sides, and I went with the latke and the mac and cheese. It also came with a biscuit that I forgot to snap a pick of. This biscuit was wicked good. It came buttered and there was homemade blueberry jelly for it. Delicious! I had the mac and cheese the last time I was here, but for whatever reason, it was a thousand times better this time. I wish I’d gotten a whole big thing of it.

You know, the service here… it’s meh. The servers tend to be surly hipsters, and sometimes they act like they can’t be bothered to serve you, but really, I’ve had worse service before in my life. It was a little slow that night, but it was mostly fine. Their food is pretty darn good, so it makes up for it.

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat
800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Watching Live Music Makes Me Hungry

After catching some local bands at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night, the kids were feeling hungry, and because I was the driver, I had to go along, right? It was the middle of the night, so there weren’t too many options. We ended up in Rittenhouse at the Midtown III. It’s a total divey diner. It’s a rather hideous place… crazy bright lighting, weird chandeliers hanging everywhere, just awful. You don’t go here for ambiance people, you go here because you’re drunk and hungry (neither of which I actually was that night).
C got the grilled ham and cheese and fries. It was weird, his fries were seasoned, but the fries at another table were plain. We didn’t quite understand why.

Lox and bagels again? That’s right. Of course that’s what R ordered. Look at those giant friggin tomatoes. And that giant hunk of cream cheese? I’d like to see the ginourmous block of cream cheese that got hacked off from.

I’m not sure what compelled me, but I got the cream chipped beef. Maybe because it’s fun to say that I ate shit on a shingle. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the whole thing. The shingles, the shit, and the accompanying home fries. Actually, I really enjoyed the home fries a lot. I was impressed. I told you I wasn’t hungry, but as soon as I started eating, I realized I was famished.

The service was quite good. Our waitress was extremely nice and the food came out fairly quickly. We even got to see a guy so drunk that he couldn’t walk out of the place by himself. Ah… good times!

Midtown III Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
28 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-5144

Late Night Eats In Manayunk

Friday night was the first nice day/night out in… oh… months. So what to do? First Friday! We hung out a bit, and then ended up at National Mechanics. We didn’t eat there, but I have eaten there before, but I don’t remember it at all. I think I vaguely recall nachos. They had chicken on them? But I do like the place. It’s different, in a good way.

After a night of shenanigans, R was feeling peckish and wanted to go to a diner. I was still feeling pretty crappy so I didn’t really care. There aren’t many late-night options, so we somehow ended up at the Manayunk Diner. Never imagined I’d ever eat here. It’s big and multi-levelled… they even have wifi! Ha!

R went with her diner food and just general favorite food of choice – lox and bagels. I’ve never seen anyone so in love with lox and bagels. I’ve never actually officially tried it. I really should see what all the fuss is about. I’ve eaten plenty of bagels and plenty of smoked salmon, just not together. Although I’m not that into smoked salmon, but I will try it soon.

I went with the blintzes with apple topping. Screw the apple topping! It came from a can and was heated up, but they were fairly blech. The blintzes themselves were good, although because I was sick and stuffed up, I really didn’t taste much. That’s kinda been the worst part of being sick. I really don’t care about the feeling crappy and the phlegm and the sniffling. What sucks is not being able to taste food. Ugh.

There are crazy random characters hanging out at the Manayunk Diner after hours. But what do you expect? The service was quite fine and really, their dessert case looked pretty frickin good!

Manayunk Diner
3720 Main St
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