Story, photos by Cassie Hepler
Once upon a time there was a magical place where you could go and eat copious amounts of delicious, fresh seafood. Fortunately for Philadelphians, that restaurant still exists and has stellar outdoor patio seating and a new bubbly weekend brunch program to boot.
Attached to the beloved (and progressive) Kimpton hotel, Hotel Monaco, you can also pop next door for some yoga and score a free drink ticket to the Red Owl Tavern bar to quench and accentuate that post yoga glow.
According to Manager Jay Meley, he is so devoted to his work that he rarely takes a vacation. We’re totally calling you out on that now, Jay! Get thee to an airport and a beach far, far away. As we said, we have some tropical location suggestions for you and our readers.
But that kind of attention and devotion is apparent in the food, the jolly wait staff and the chill yet vibrant energy in the air. Don’t be mislead by the name “Tavern”, this is not your corner dive bar. It is fine dining on the corner of one of the most historic areas in the city with second floor leather booth seating for privacy or first floor open bar space and seating for when you’re feeling social. And they have much more than just seafood, like their perfectly seared steaks.
Enough with the food tease, on to the food porn!