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Ten Stone: Simple Gastro-Pub with a Philly Twist

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Courtesy of Ten StoneThere is truly something to be said for the American gastro-pub. They are reliable, entertaining, and you can find at least one good one in every urban neighborhood. Your typical gastro-pub has a handful of staple menu items and then the specialties they create with a unique twist. What do you expect from a gastro-pub? You can –most likely—count on a decent burger, maybe a turkey or veggie burger, a variety of sandwiches, a soup du jour, fish and chips, and some classic bar appetizers.

Home to an array of gastro-pubs, Philadelphia boasts some of the best. And with many that lean towards the high-end of the gourmet scale, it’s nice to know there are those out there that stick to the basics and do it right. At the corner of 21st and South Streets, Ten Stone  is just such a place. Your classic bar, Ten Stone boasts “fine cuisine and a superior draught lists.” Complete with a pool table, jukebox, and flat screen TVs, Ten Stone is the corner bar to go to for an after-work drink, to watch the game, listen to music, chill with friends, and enjoy a good meal.

Courtesy of Ten StoneEvery good pub needs a decent variety of appetizers and Ten Stone is no exception. Sometimes you may be in the mood for a gastro-pub that serves calamari with mango-infused salsa and a side of wasabi aioli. But if you’re looking for something more traditional to a bar setting, like say… a healthy portion of nachos with fresh salsa, jalapenos, and the right amount of cheese, then look no further. Ten Stone does bar appetizers justice. No fancy surprises, no miniscule portions decorated with mint leaves, no unpronounceable menu items or declarations of “fusion.” Ten Stone serves good quality, traditional bar food at reasonable prices and lives up to the gastro-pub title by giving its food a bit of a Philly twist.

Ah, Philly: home of the cheese steak and soft pretzel. And at Ten Stone, home of the Filet Mignon Cheese Steak 
with “the finest cuts of steak, smothered in your choice of cheese”; or the Grilled Ham & Cheese with “Virginia baked ham piled high with Swiss cheese, tomato and a honey mustard dressing served on a Philadelphia soft pretzel.” Its food that can make you proud you live [and/or dine in] in Rocky’s hometown. Ten Stone also offers burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads to every taste.

The appetizer list is mouth-watering. You have your staples of hot wings and nachos (quite good). You can step it up with some Brie & Blue Cheese Fondue or Mussels. Or venture out a little and try the Three Cheese Risotto Fritters
 (“deep fried and served with a horseradish and sundried tomato remoulade”) or the edamame (steamed and served with kosher salt).

Like all good pubs, Ten Stone offers daily specials and the offerings are delicious. If you are in the mood for a chef’s creation, Ten Stone presents a soup, quiche and sandwich du jour, and they don’t disappoint. True to the menu, the daily specials consist of bar food taken up a notch. For example, you may enjoy French onion soup or a pulled pork sandwich; maybe a slice of quiche with asparagus and fine cheeses; maybe jerk chicken or fresh fish. Always something tasty.

And now for the icing on the cake… Ten Stone offers a superb list of beers on draught and is stocked with an excellent bottled list, fine cocktails and even a decent wine list. Yes, the plus side of a gastro-pub, where good drinks meet good food. Try something seasonal such as the Arcadia Pumpkin Ale. Or something a little sweeter like the Fruli Strawberry Wheat or Lambic Raspberry. Or rely on an old favorite because there’s always Guinness and Lager on tap.

And one last note, there’s Sunday brunch. With $2 mimosas.  You can order your favorite eggs or breakfast meats. Or you can try the Stuffed French Toast (“layers of French toast crusted with frosted flakes & stuffed with apple compote”).

 

 

 

 

Address: 

2063 South St (21st and South Streets)

Philadelphia, PA 19146-1320

(215) 735-9939

http://www.tenstone.com/

Hours: 

Monday - Saturday
11:30am to 2:00am

Sundays we open for brunch at 10:00 am and close at 2:00 am.