Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Dinner the other night with the fiancée at Mac's Tavern on Market. We wouldn't normally go out of our way to eat in Old City on a Monday night, but she had gotten a groupon for $40 worth of food and drink, so we decided to give it a try. Mac's is owned by Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny fame, and is in the former Skinner's space between 2nd & 3rd. Other than a coat of paint and a good cleaning job, the space hasn't changed much since it was dive bar, and that's a good thing. Old City is desperately lacking good neighborhood spots that aren't havens for the masses from DelCo and South Jersey. Mac's is along the same lines as Charlie's & Sugar Mom's - no pretension, just a good vibe and cheap beers.
Alas, no milksteak or jellybeans on this menu. There is an It's Always Sunnyside Up breakfast item and Sweet D's Sausage & P's on the sandwich list though, if that's your thing. We stuck with more standard fare and a few drinks before catching a movie around the corner at the Ritz. Gravy fries started off the meal. Thick cut steak fries with a roastbeef gravy, covered with melted mozzarella and a last minute addition of grated "parmesan" cheese that seemed to come from one of those shaker cans. Despite the shady looking parmesan, the fries were pretty tasty - a nice philly take on poutine. The fiancee had the caeser salad with grilled chicken and I went for the roast pork with sauteed baby spinach and provolone. The salad was good, but nothing memorable. The roast pork was surprisingly well done. Served on a fresh ciabatta roll, the pork was not as juicy as John's or Tony Lukes, but more of a complex oven roasted flavor that lent credibility to an otherwise generic menu. All the sandwiches are served with a side of fries and spicy little aioli dipping sauce.