City Tavern in Philadelphia is located at 138 South 2nd Street. It’s a recreation of the 18th century building that used to sit there. The original tavern was a favorite spot of our founding fathers.
The original tavern was built in 1773 and the first 4th of July celebration was held here in 1777.
The tavern was partially ruined in a fire on March 22, 1834. In 1854 the building was demolished.
City Tavern was rebuilt in 1975 for the bicentennial celebration using images from the past, written accounts, and historic records. In 1976, the newly built City Tavern reopens.
Chef Walter Staib is the owner and Chef Jason Wilkinson is the executive chef. The tavern whips up dishes using authentic recipes from the 1700s.
We ate here for the novelty of it. The servers wear period clothing from the 1700s. I can’t remember what Vic ate but I had the turkey pot pie and New England Clam chowder. It was good. Our food wasn’t bad and it was well prepared but it wasn’t stand out. This is a touristy place that one should go to once in their life if you are a history buff and want to see what it was like back in colonial times. The history of the place is amazing but we couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed the building is a replica. All in all, eating at City Tavern is a very enjoyable experience and they let you explore the building. It was really cool being able to walk in and out of the period rooms, getting a glimpse of the past.
What adds to the experiences is Old City itself. A lot of old buildings from the 1700s have been preserved so when you walk around, you get a glimpse into the past.
RIP Anthony Bourdain
He was a man that brought people together with his passion for food and cultures. These cocky New Yorkers would never have gone to Philly if it wasn’t for Anthony Bourdain’s episode about Philly on his show, The Layover. We visted Magic Gardens and ate at Amis, and Reading Terminal Market on our first overnight to the city of Brotherly Love like the episode suggested and quickly fell in love. We’ve been visiting Philly the last 5 years and consider it a home away from home, in some ways, we love it more than NYC. He taught us to always keep an open mind. Those of us that consider ourselves open can be quite closed minded sometimes. It happens, we’re human, and is the way of people, it’s nature, we all have it in us. But living also means growing, exploring, and learning. Bourdain’s show brought the world to our living rooms, along with a love of exploration that would inspire our hearts to roam and eat for a lifetime. What a legacy he leaves behind and it will live on, unfortunately, without him.