Sunday, December 26, 2010


Second time to Kraftwork, but my first review on here.  On both occasions I've been treated to their extensive draught beer choices ranging from the tasty Terrapin Rye Ale, a smooth Great Lakes Porter to the intriguingly smokey Rauchbier that conjures essences of the best bacon you've ever had.  Yes, beer that tastes like delicious, heavenly bacon.   It's served in a goblet (a pint would be over indulgence) and brought a smile to every red blooded American in the joint that had a sip.  Do yourself a favor and give it a go if they still have it on the ever-rotating beer list.

As for the food I've sampled both the berkshire pork sandwich, served with the braised red cabbage, and the fall-off-your-chair-good beer can chicken sandwich.  This thing was so amazing that I was convinced it couldn't be as good the second time.  It was actually better.  They somehow evoke shades of Tony Luke's or John's roast pork out of a simple chicken sandwich and up the ante with long hots and sharp provolone.  It stays so moist that the roll gets soggy by the end of the sandwich - you're going to need extra napkins. Both sandwiches are served with shoestring fries and a slightly spicy mustard dipping sauce that cuts thru the savory chicken & pork.

The beer can chicken sandwich alone is worth the trip up Girard ave.  The rest of the menu features a range of small bites, sandwiches, cheese & charcuterie boards, and even a few vegetarian items.  The beers on tap change almost daily.  When they're out of one, they move onto the next variety and encourage you to try something different.  The staff is knowledgeable and always happy to give you a sample.  If you haven't been to Fishtown in a while, Kraftwork is your reason to come see what's happening in this ever evolving neighborhood.

-T. Kaso

Kraftwork is in Fishtown, on the corner of Girard & Montgomery at:
 541 East Girard Avenue
 Philadelphia, PA 19125
12 noon to 2:00am Monday - Friday
10:30am to 2:00am Saturday - Sunday
brunch 10:30am to 3:00pm

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