I rarely make it to Philadelphia’s summer weekly happy hour party. I always feel like I have to rush there to beat the crowds, it’s load, and sometimes I’m disappointed with the service. But if you’re going out after work on a Wednesday anyway, like I was last week, it can be a good opportunity to try a new place, check out the menu, and have a cheap drink.
I decided to meet my friend Bridget at Cooperage because they had an exciting CCS drink menu, and I like that they focus on local and seasonal food. They call their style “southern bistro” and, as you would expect, there are plenty of meaty options, but I also ordered the above sweet potato tots with maple chutney. I wasn’t so sure about the chutney, but it was actually delicious – sweet but not overwhelming. The tots were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. While they were the only half-price veggie option, I was also really tempted by the sides: Paperbag Greens ($5), Leek Bread Pudding ($4), Creamy Grits ($3)
Oven Roasted Mushrooms ($4), Asparagus Casserole ($4), Side Salad ($4) – all of which sounded so delicious, I could have made an entire meal out of them! I’d love it if Cooperage added a few vegetarian mains, but you could certainly make a tasty meal from their large selection of salads and sides.
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