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Philly Restaurant Review Quick Hits: Alma De Cuba, Kraftwork, the Couch Tomato & Isabella

alma de cuba Philly Restaurant Review Quick Hits: Alma De Cuba, Kraftwork, the Couch Tomato & IsabellaIntroducing Our Quick Hits Restaurant Review Series

By Matt Goldstein

The Whiskey Goldmine would like to introduce our Quick Hits restaurant review series where we discuss a few restaurants and highlight some must haves around the city.  We open our series with an old school veteran of Rittenhouse Square, Alma De Cuba, but we also highlight a new kid on the block, Kraftworks, on Girard Ave in Fishtown.     

Alma De Cuba:  A Romantic Cocktail Lounge

This Steven Starr restaurant downstairs lounge area is perfect for a date night.  The romantic candle lit setting with relaxing white chairs and couches on a Friday night make a simple romantic statement complimenting the casual light fare on the menu.  From chorizo sliders to Kobe beef tacos and shrimp ceviche, to maybe the best guacamole in the city, the light fare at the Alma De Cuba cocktail lounge makes a perfect date night and brilliant setting to try some Cuban style cocktails.  From sangria’s to mojitos, this oldie but goody is a must for cocktail hour.  Also, make sure you try the chocolate cigar almond cake mousse, trust us.  1623 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA

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Isabella conshohocken 300x188 Philly Restaurant Review Quick Hits: Alma De Cuba, Kraftwork, the Couch Tomato & IsabellaIsabella

Perhaps the best new restaurant in Conshohocken, the tapas at Isabella make you want to keep coming back.  While the bar area can get a little tight, the restaurant decor is light, refreshing and slightly romantic.  From the drunken figs, tartufo pizza, and an excellent cheese plate, the ahi tuna, spinach ricotta ravioli, and Spanish style octopus, there is no other restaurant in Conshohocken we’d prefer right now.  382 East Elm St., Conshohocken, PA

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kraftwork 300x292 Philly Restaurant Review Quick Hits: Alma De Cuba, Kraftwork, the Couch Tomato & IsabellaKraftwork

The new Kraftwork bar on Girard Ave isn’t just a must try for the craft beer.  Kraftwork has one of the best burgers in the city period.  It’s a top 5 Philadelphia burger, no question about it.  Adam Ritter’s critically acclaimed Side Car Bar has stepped it up a notch with the pub food at Kraftwork.  The pretzel bite fondue and the Sicilian arincini rosotto balls are absolutely ridiculous.  You’ll go to Kraftworks for a beer, you’ll comeback for the food.  Kraftwork is also one of the most stylish and original bars you will ever see.  Also, you can get craft beer almost anywhere, but Kraftwork specializes in craft beer flights so you can try samples of 5 beers at a time.  There’s nothing better.  541 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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The Couch Tomato

OK, so the Couch Tomato forgot our order, forcing us to wait an extra half hour for our take out.  Oh yeah, we got a parking ticket too as we were not expecting to wait at all.  It’s a tough break when your staff forgets the food order of someone planning a restaurant review.  Fear not Couch Tomato, it might have been a tough day for service but you still make the best wraps in the city.  Yup, I said it.  The best wraps in the city!  I challenge anyone to find better wraps in the entire Philadelphia area because it’s not happening.  From the Holy Chipotle Wrap, Paco’s Taco Salad Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Oriental Crunch Wrap, the Couch Tomato makes a wrap for you.  102 Rector St., Philadelphia, PA

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