Taking over for short lived Swift Half in the Piazza at Schmidt's is newly opened Gunners Run. For lack of a better way to describe it, it's basically Swift Half with some new wall paper and a more limited, but better menu. If you didn't notice the new sign out front, or if you've had a few already across the way at PYT, you probably wouldn't realize the place had changed owners.
One very cool addition is an 6'x10' map of Philadelphia from the mid 1800's that covers an entire section of the wall. It shows off the original Gunners Run, a creek that ran thru the city before it became a canal, and eventually Aramingo Ave.
We stopped in for lunch on a Thursday - we happened to have the day off and were running errands in the neighborhood. The menu is much more concise than the offerings from the former owners, and everything we tried was spot on. It's not fine dining, but it is a great menu for a local bar. I went with the vegan sloppy joe - a pretty good imitation on the real thing with a spicy tomato sauce and vegan "beef" whatever that is. They serve it on a potato roll (mine was still a little chilled from being defrosted) with fries and some unbelievably good homemade garlic pickles. I have a thing for good pickles, and these are some of the best I've had lately.
She had the grilled chicken sandwich - served on a seeded hoagie role with arugula, red onion, provolone, and a slathering of olive tapenade. The tapenade is an inspired addition to an already good sandwich. A surprisingly good contrast of salty olivey goodness to the sweet onion and savory chicken.
Sandwiches are all under $10 - very reasonable given the going rates lately in NoLibs. They do have a few more substantial entree type items on the menu (steak, clambake) that are well above the $20 menu, but honestly who's going here for dinner? More intriguing is the bloody mary bar, promising that for $10 you can make your own Mary with unlimited fixings. The brunch menu is limited for now, but might be worth stopping in just for the bloody's, and those pickles.
Food Baby Rating: It's a Boy!