Charlie was a sinner Philadelphia
Charlie Was A SinnerOctober 29, 2016
For my birthday dinner, Alex and I went to Charlie Was A Sinner. It was our second time going, but we hadn't been in a couple years...
If cocktails are in any way your thing, this is absolutely the place to get one. They even have a few mocktails on the menu for the sober crowd. All the cocktails were $12, so there was no hemming and hawing over whether or not one was worth a splurge of a few extra bucks. Whenever I'm in doubt, I like to go for a recommendation. I also was sort of unable to decipher the menu, because I'm usually a beer girl. The waitress was very knowledgable, asking me what I like, and what I don't, what flavor profile I was in the mood for, etc. I basically gave her "tequila" to work with, and she brought me back this:
This is the Days Like This, and it is made of cazadores blanco, del maguey vida, cynar, apricot shrub and lemon. It was super smokey from the mezcal-style tequila and I loved the name of it. This was one of many amazing highlights of my meal there.
We ordered two plates from the Iterations section of the menu, one from the Solo section, and two from the Pasta section, and had absolutely no room left in our bodies for dessert. I fully intended to have room, I just knew it would have been extremely unpleasant to try and eat it while being so full. So, sadly, our five plates did not include the Meyer Lemon Cake, which would have been my pick. Anyway, the ricotta:
The gnocchi was my favorite dish of the night. I couldn't stop eating it. The sauce was a smoky, buttery tomato base, and there were these cipollini onions that just melted away in your mouth. The english peas were toothsome, which made me wonder if I'd ever had fresh peas before. This is a must-order for sure!
I can't wait to go back, especially since I now know that the recommendation of 3-4 plates per person is not accurate at all, I can order 4 to split between 2 people and then a dessert to share. I definitely want to go during their happy hour, Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, and maybe get (gasp) 2 cocktails. There's lot to order from the menu that I haven't tried!