Chick’s Social Kitchen & Bar Wows Customers with Impressive Menu

The Lobster Bake at Chick's Social Kitchen and Bar in Philadelphia, photo by Glamorosi
The Lobster Bake at Chick's Social Kitchen and Bar in Philadelphia

Fifteen months ago, Chick's Café & Wine Bar (614 S. 7th St.) changed its name to Chick’s Social Kitchen & Bar, and with that switch, turned the intimate corner spot into a fully-functioning restaurant with a menu worthy of its location between South Street and the Italian Market. This month, chef and owner Jim Piano gained a slew of new customers by offering a one-pound lobster special – with a generous helping of mussels, clams and potatoes in a fine broth – for $18.

Beyond lobster, Piano’s got a solid menu to work from - marrow bone topped with celery and fennel-radish salad, Italian wedding soup, wild boar burgers with Taleggio cheese, salmon with beets and faro, and a five-course Italian feast starring the deep dish timpano made up of ziti, sausage, broccoli rabe, provolone and other delicacies. Piano’s wife Kristen, the pastry chef at Capital Grille, does desserts like lemon-curd bombolini and mascarpone cheesecake. Yet, it is the special that has packed the place every Tuesday and Wednesday in May – a sweet, baked lobster surrounded by large, tender mussels and clams with a lovely, subtle broth.

Tonight (May 29) is the last night of the Chick’s Social lobster special, and as of last night there were still a few reservations available; call 215-625-3700 to see if they still have openings.

Photo ©Glamorosi 2013

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013