One of the best traditions I've developed over the past year is a Friday happy hour run. Whether it's on the trails or the streets of Philly, watching the sunset at the end of the work week is unmatchable. Some early birds would rather see the sunrise, but as a night owl I find bliss in watching the sun slip slowly behind the Philadelphia skyline.
Yesterday I set out at about 5 PM proudly wearing SHORTS. The temperature had only risen to about 40 degrees, but it felt blissfully warm compared to the single digits we've experienced here lately. I headed east to the Delaware river, which was also embracing the warmer weather.
After running back home and rounding out a wonderfully refreshing 5 miles for the day, I quickly showered and got ready to go out for actual happy hour at Stateside on Passyunk Ave.
Stateside was ranked as Philadelphia Magazine's #1 restaurant in the city in 2013. They only serve domestic alcohol, hence the name "Stateside". I'd been there previously, but Josh hadn't, so we decided to go for a couple of drinks and a bite. This place is great because it is half bar, half restaurant, so there is no pretense about going in there without a reservation on a Friday night. Granted, we probably couldn't have snagged a table by just walking in, but luckily we found a couple of seats at the bar.
I ordered an Old Fashioned, which was damn delicious. Josh had a ginger infused Rye cocktail which was also great. We decided on the short rib small plate as a snack. Sitting on a bed of spaetzle and topped with grilled baby bok choy, the short rib fell apart when pierced with a fork and melted in my mouth. I highly recommend this dish for all meat eaters!
After a couple of half priced drafts (Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA and my favorite beer of all time, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale) we decided to continue the night at another neighborhood favorite, Cantina Los Caballitos, aka "Cantina".
We ordered a pitcher of blood orange margaritas which were on the sweet side, but delicious nonetheless. Cantina is a great spot for any time of the day, and dinner did not disappoint. I also love coming here for brunch, especially when the weather is nice and the patio is open.
Time to get out for my long run in this beautiful weather! Have a great super bowl weekend!