Sunday, March 15, 2009

Badski's Consumer Report - Devil's Alley

Badski's Consumer Report - Welcome to another edition of the post that celebrates greatness in all things consumer related. Last night Heidi and I went into Philadelphia with some friends to take advantage of Beer Week. We ended up seeing a dinner and beer deal at the Devil's Alley bar and grill and decided to check it out. The weekend was also the pre-celebration for St. Patrick's Day (which is huge in Philadelphia) so the drunken Jersey masses were out in full force. Other than the occasional annoying drunk girl dressed in all green it turned out to be an awesome night.

Devil's Alley was advertising "3 Big Courses, 3 Great Beers $29.95" so it was the obvious choice for the night and it did not disappoint. I was a little nervous that they would skimp on the food or the beers or both, however they did not take that lowly route. The menu had about 4-10 choices for each course and a specialty beer paired with each meal based on the complementary basis of the barley pop. Course number one was the appetizer course. Some examples of our tables selections were crab, pepper, and pepper jack cheese quesadillas with tangy salsa paired alongside an apricot wheat beer, beer battered tempura vegetables with a dark stout. The second course was the main course and it picked up right where the last left off. The portions were as advertised and the quality of the food (and beers) were awesome. Some examples of our tables choices were ground rolled steak strips with onion rings and a coffee stout, a fruit glazed salmon with mac and cheese and beans served with a dark wheat beer, a half chicken with sweet potatoes and beans served with a dark wheat beer, and BBQ ribs with stuffing muffins and mac and cheese with an IPA. I tried a bit of everything, food and beers, and they were all great. The final course was the dessert course and we indulged on chocolate raspberry cake, orange cake, banana splits, and banana blueberry bread pudding all paired with more great beers.

The place wasn't decorated anything special but it had a quirky vibe and served as both a restaurant and a cool bar. Drinks were reasonably priced and the selection was great. Couple that with some good service and some great friends and you've got yourself a spot on Badski's Consumer Report.

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