Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
Once you wind your way through all the blinking lights, video game noises and faint smoke smell of the SugarHouse Casino, you will find Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House a welcome and tastebud transporting respite from the bling and gambling hustle and bustle outside. However, if you sign up your first time after you nosh, you get at least $25 free play which is pretty fun after a good wine buzz.
Gibsons Restaurant Group came to Philly to dip their toes in the waterfront location as its first and only Philadelphia restaurant. Gibsons’ lucky number 13th location, they are the only restaurant group in the country to have their own USDA Prime Angus beef certification. Meat lovers rejoice, this is a place where they show you the goods before it is cooked.
Located in the northwest corner of the first floor, the combined seating in the bar (still noisy/smelly, go back further if you can) and dining rooms accommodates more than 300 guests. The restaurant also features a riverfront patio for outdoor dining for complete I’m-not-in-a-casino-oasis. Hugo’s classic steakhouse contemporary design offers an upscale feel while the casino keeps the dress code pretty casual.
As part of its extensive menu, Hugo’s is serving USDA Gibsons Prime Angus Beef, which is aged for 50 days and cooked in an 1,800-degree infrared broiler. This gives the steak a thin, charred crust to help seal in the natural juices. The “Philly Cut” is a 12-ounce rib eye cap, topped with smoked provolone, crispy shallots and fried herbs. This steak is served only at Hugo’s SugarHouse location.
Gibsons Restaurant Group is also the exclusive caterer for the brand-new SugarHouse Casino Event Center, which boasts customizable menus that feature iconic cuts of USDA Gibsons Prime Angus Beef and a pristine selection of fine seafood.
And if the pricing scares you, dip your toes into the happy hour and a buck a shuck oysters. You’ll soon be hooked!