The Sidecar Bar & Grille – Philadelphia

This post is dedicated to the one and only Guy Fieri.  While I was in Philly, I convinced Chris to go to a Triple D location with me.  Chris is not a fan of the show, or well Guy Fieri.  I have been working on slowly wearing him down, but I have a long way to go.

I love Guy Fieri and all of his shows.  At first, I didn’t want to like him, but realistically I am addicted to his shows on the Food Network.  I do get the criticism though: the clothes, the hair, the sunglasses on the back of the head, the corny catch phrases.  However, I have to admit I think it is part of what makes him intriguing (maybe minus the sunglasses).  He comes off as slightly obnoxious, but he is very knowledgeable and really loves food.  I appreciate that, especially the loving food part.  As someone who is extremely passionate about food, I would love to have his life.  He gets to travel around the country and eat fantastic food for a living.  What could possible be better than that?

I looked through the list of Triple D locations and found the one I most wanted to try in Philly, the Sidecar Bar & Grille.  Chris excitedly approved of the menu, so he was willing to overlook that Guy Fieri had been there.

Prior to dinner, Chris and I went back to the hotel to clean up.  We had a tiring afternoon of touring.  We visited Independence Hall and went to the Constitution Center.  It was incredible to be able be at the place where the constitution was written.  I may have gotten a little emotional in the car on the way through the city just thinking about it.  I am so glad that I have a best friend who puts up with my quirks.

I was most excited to be where Alexander Hamilton was, or should I say “in the room where it happened.”  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the musical reference).  Hamilton was my favorite founding father long before there was a musical written about him, though I adore the musical.

The Constitution Center was advertising a Hamilton exhibit.  I was excited to go see it, but it left me wanting more.  I felt like it was oversold.  The exhibit was only two small rooms, mostly containing information posters.  There were only a few actual artifacts.  I did learn a few new things though.  I know people are trying to capitalize on the craze from the Hamilton musical, but this exhibit was underwhelming.  I expected something more involved.  I did get a nice picture with my man though.

My favorite thing about the exhibit was just getting to share the experience with my best friend.  The second room was dedicated to the duel.  I had made a comment how the song during the duel was so good.  Chris didn’t realize I meant in the musical.  He was thinking I meant some song they played during the duel where he died.  My exact quote was, “Yes.  There was a song they were playing.  It was a banger.”  I was so proud of my accidental pun, I actually laughed out loud in the museum.  I promised Chris I would include that in the blog.

After our adventurous day, Chris and I were super excited for dinner.  In our classic style, we already picked out exactly what we wanted to order before we even left the hotel, including drinks.  We were pumped about that cocktail menu.

At the restaurant, we ended up in the upstairs dining section.  The only complaint I’d have is that it was so dark up there.  It was almost like eating dinner inside a movie theater.  I guess I do understand why it was so dark, since they have a projection screen playing TV against the wall.  It would have to be a certain dimness level in order to have a clear picture.

Speaking of that, we sat down and realized that they were playing Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  Oh how I wish you could have seen his face when he realized this.  Well, actually you can because I took a picture of it!  Honestly though, it was perfect.  We were at a Triple D location and Triple D was playing in the background.  I normally spend my Friday evenings watching Triple D at home, so I felt like I got to have the best of both worlds.

As for our dining experience, I would say overall it was pretty good.  We started out with a couple cocktails.  The alcohol prices here shocked us.  We are not used to seeing drinks so cheap.  I don’t think there is a place in DC where you can find a $7 regular priced cocktail (at least one that won’t make you feel like death).  The cocktails were dynamite.  If you ever have the chance to eat here, try out the cocktail menu.  You won’t be disappointed.  I know we surely weren’t.


We decided to start the meal with cauliflower wings.  You can get them with any of their wing sauces, and we chose piri piri.  I would like to say I didn’t think it was too spicy, but I ended up in tears while eating them.  I did think it was delicious, just a bit spicy.


We also both chose a burger for our dinner.  Chris got the breakfast burger which had pork roll and an egg.  He absolutely loved it, and I got a good bite.  I could see why he enjoyed it.  I chose the black bean burger.  It had good reviews online, so I decided to give that a try.  The flavors were all there, and the sauce was great.  My only complaint was the texture.  It was very mushy.  They didn’t do a very good job at using something to bind together the black beans into an actual patty.  I did still eat the whole thing, so it obviously wasn’t awful.


This was a good dinner accompanied by great drinks.  It looks like this restaurant is doing well since Guy Fieri visited in 2013.  I would be open to going back another time, even if it just to enjoy more of those cheap cocktails.



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