One chilly Friday night, we were on our way to the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia to see a concert (Ben Rector – the most amazing musician to ever stroke the piano keys). But let’s get to the real star of the show (sorry, Ben). Whetstone Tavern, located in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia, just opened up to feed the neighborhood earlier this summer. The restaurant vibe is similar to that of your local pub – lively and laid-back. But coated in a seemingly classy, urbane polish, this restaurant distinguishes itself from your average pub. One look at the menu and you realize this place delivers some serious plates. Whetstone uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and strives to dish out simply-made, refined comfort food to the people of Queen Village and Society Hill.
After ordering a couple IPA’s, we saw the charcuterie board options and spent 15 minutes trying to decide on the best cheese because, well, cheese is a big deal. From a list of cultural cheeses from around the world, we chose Gouda and Cheddar alongside housemade soppressata and salami. This board still enters our dreams at night. Marinated olives, honey and almonds, whole grain mustard, the works. We should have each ordered our own, but we didn’t realize the impact this board would have on our lives at the time.
We ordered the roasted corn coup to go along with the board, complete with garlic toast, espelette pepper and tarragon. Smoky, earthy and delicious. For our main we split the roast beef sandwich, which was 28 day dry aged strip loin, sautéed onions, horseradish, beef jus all on a good ol’ martin’s potato roll. The dish was comforting and elegantly tasteful. We loved every bite.
We suggest you come here with your friends, have some drinks, and eat delicious charcuterie until you “can’t eat no more.” Thanks for the good times, Whetstone Tavern!