By this point, our "Win, Fail, Win, Fail" pattern has ceased to exist, and we feel we have encountered too many Fails in a row. Not helping the situation is the fact that we now have to walk from South Street to Olde City, a journey that is not that far but inevitably will now be completely desolate and dark and thus, creepy. This desolation is our main issue with Philadelphia, generally speaking: we don't like to feel isolated, and in Philly, particularly after nightfall, one almost always feels alone. It's not that we pass such unsavory characters on our walk from Creperie Beau Monde to City Tavern; it's that we don't pass anyone until we reach Walnut Street. And this phenomenon never ceases to feel eery.
For this reason, Vodka is walking at her normal brisk clip, to which Ginger, who is now seriously regretting the Parc bread basket, has to trot to keep up (especially ridiculous because Ginger is at least four inches taller). Relieved when we reach City Tavern, we are eager for our first experience of the admittedly tourist destination. While this dinner is West Indies pepperpot soup-specific, as per Adam Gertler's choice on the OLD SCHOOL episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate, we are looking forward to encountering Ben Franklin and Friends in the meantime.
|We the People of Manhattan Have Come to Philly In Pursuit of Soup and Street Lamps|
|They Also Clearly Skipped the John Hancock School of Neat Penmanship|
On the drink menu, we are ecstatic to find "wassail," as we love any and all references to a Christmas carol. Some type of red wine spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and the like (including a real cinnamon stick), it is served warm and we fall instantly in love.
|Love and Joy Come to You, and To You Your Wassail, Too|
Plus, there's the little fact that we have already been in each other's company for no less than 14 hours.
|And There Are Only So Many Christmas Carol-Based Beverages One Can Drink in a Day|
|Ye Olde Spoon O' Soup|
|And By "Tourists," We Mean "Us"|
|Or Is City Tavern a Soup Kitchen?|
City Tavern's West Indies Pepperpot Soup: 4 stars