The Fox and the Hound

Location: 15th and Spruce Sts, Philadelphia, PA

Price per meal: $5.99 – $22

Other Locations: 160 N. Gulph Rd in King of Prussia

The Fox & Hound is a sports bar at 15th and Spruce with a very, um, upscale-yet-sporty motif, $2 draft beer on Tuesday nights, and a rather wide selection of eatables (for a bar with huge tvs all over, anyways).

Alongside the standard Lager (I mean, this is Philly we’re talking about here!), I had a burger, creatively titled The Ranch Hand ($8.99 w/steak fries). It was, surprisingly, covered in ranch dressing, but also was topped with applewood smoked bacon (who would’ve thought the rest of the apple tree would be so delicious?) and cheddar cheese. And of course all the fixins. Cooked medium well, the burger was still juicy yet flavorful, while letting the ranch and cheddar flavors peek through.

My date for the evening, had the Taco Salad ($8.99) alongside a Purple Viper (I don’t think any male porn stars were hurt in it’s creation, but you never know…), which is black raspberry liquor, cranberry juice, and curacao. The salad was served in an edible tortilla, which is always a plus, not to mention mandated by international law, I’m pretty sure. Both were deemed tasty, though I’m not sure how one could mess up a taco salad or anything with curacao in it…

If you’re down in the city and you want to catch the Phillies game, or want to catch the Eagles on a stray Sunday, and don’t mind paying restaurant prices at a bar, then I’d recommend The Fox and Hound to anyone…who drinks. The drink menu is pretty expansive, and being a sports bar obviously has a wide variety of beer on tap (including their own microbrew), but nothing I’ve had there is worth the trip if you’re a teetotaler/recovering alcoholic.

Update: I made a second visit Thursday evening, and rediscovered the strange-in-concept-but-smooth-in-taste Guinness blends. The Stout/Blue Moon Ale combo is pretty good, and for $2, a steal. The Stout/XX is a better blend, but come on, it’s Dos Equis.

3.75 out of 5 Shef’s Spatulas

4 Responses to “The Fox and the Hound”

  1. Jim Says:

    Haha. Suckers didn’t even get the pity-3.5 rating. Watch out for Steelers fans. I here the F&H is pretty big on attracting crowds of yellow-clad hooligans.

  2. Shef Steve Says:

    I actually meant to give em the pity-3.5 rating. Good call, Jim!

    Steelers fans are the new Cowboys fans, unfortunately. No matter how careful you are,
    you’ll always end up with their shit on your shoes…

  3. Kevin Says:

    The Guiness + Blue Moon is sometimes referred to as a “Black and Blue” and is quite tasty. Keep ’em coming, Mr. Shef.

    I had no idea there was a Fox and the Hound in Center City. I did know it was a sad Disney movie, though.

  4. Shef Steve Says:

    Next up is my review of The Black Cauldron, a Goth bar/restaurant in Fishtown.

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