“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” - George Bernard Shaw
Having a late birthday and moving to New York City shortly after college graduation did not allow me a chance to participate in Center City Sips. I happened to be in Philly on a Wednesday, and happily seized the opportunity to go to Chifa for Center City Sips.
I started off with a lychee sangria with orange. I couldn’t taste the lychee very well, although Angel swears you could. The orange taste was stronger to me. Still a delicious drink, and very light and refreshing after a hot day walking around Center City.
We shared pork belly buns, which included a hoisin glaze, pickled daikon, carrot, and togarashi mayo. The meat was nicely glazed and very tender. The bun was nice and soft. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the salty and tangy taste of the pickled daikon and carrot, and the sweet hoisin glazed pork belly. Transcendent.
If you’re in Philly for the summer, you still have a few weeks left of Center City Sips. I highly recommend it— $4 cocktails, $3 wine, $2 beer, and half-off appetizers during happy.
707 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Started off with a pineapple margarita made with fresh pineapple. Yum. Drinking margaritas for breakfast is classy.
We began the meal with carnitas tacos, with pulled pork, black beans, radish, and pineapple salsa. Absolutely wonderful. The meat was juicy and nicely seasoned. I normally don’t eat radishes, but the amount was not overpowering, which I liked. Very good— another friend actually ordered four more of those to go after our meal!
Angel’s torrijas were delicious. The moist center was nicely juxtaposed with the crispy crust. It was made from tres leches batter, with cajeta (goat milk caramel — AMAZING), berries, and chantilly cream. Everyone couldn’t help but try a piece, and everyone couldn’t help but foodgasm after tasting it.
I ordered the torta de huevos, which included an over easy egg, queso oaxaca, Benton’s bacon, avocado, tomato, refried beans, and crema. My only problem with the torta was the logistics of eating the sandwich— the egg dripped and made the bread a bit soggy. Otherwise, it was great. Of course, I enjoyed my bacon and eggs. The avocado was a nice touch to the different textures in my mouth.
Angel and I are already planning on going back. So far, in my eyes, Garces does very little wrong (see calamari, baked goat cheese in tomato broth at Amada).