Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary lunch at Red Owl Tavern to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
America’s Birthday is around the corner, and we couldn’t be in a better city for celebrating it! Introduce your kiddos to our nation’s patriotic past with a day in Old City, where oodles of museums and historic landmarks are located within just a few block of each other. From the National Constitution Center and Lights of Liberty experience to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, you and your family can retrace our Founding Fathers’ footsteps and explore America’s incredible history. And when you need a bite to eat, you can hop right across Independence Mall to the Red Owl Tavern.
Conveniently located at 5th and Chestnut inside the Hotel Monaco, Red Owl Tavern is a perfect blend of historical flavor and modern flair. With wood plank ceilings, exposed brick walls and support beams, and industrial fixtures, the restaurant is simultaneously cozy and urban chic.
On our recent visit to Red Owl, we were seated in a booth in the restaurant’s upstairs loft area. Once we were settled, my 16 month-old son began to cry (more like scream hysterically, uncontrollably and inconsolably). And he cried and cried and cried. And cried. I’ve made it almost 3 years without any of my children having a public melt down, but we quickly made up for lost time during our lunch at Red Owl. To our waiter’s credit, he delivered a glass of pinot grigio to my eagerly waiting hand within seconds of The Meltdown. Bless him.
My son’s hysterics were peppered with moments of calm (2 lollipops and an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse worth of calm), so we decided to suck it up and go on with lunch. Thank goodness we did, because it was delicious! We began with the Hummus and Htipiti Dip, which we all wholeheartedly enjoyed. Red peppers and feta – what’s not to love? My friend Jakkie ordered the Prince Edward Island Mussels, my daughter and son chose the kids hot dog and grilled PB&J respectively, and I ordered the Red Owl Tavern Burger. With local ingredients incorporated wherever possible. the dishes at Red Owl are flavorful, adventurous and appealing. Jakkie loved her coconut curry mussels with goat cheese and chervil, my daughter wolfed down her hot dog before I was able to steal a bite, and my son stopped screaming long enough to inhale his grilled PB&J. I was able to sneak a bite of the peanut butter and jelly. It was sooooo good. Why have I not always been grilling our peanut butter & jelly sandwiches?! My burger was equally phenomenal. Made from juicy local ground beef and topped with bacon and onion marmalade, this burger was waaaaaaaaaay up there on my list of favorite burgers.
In addition to an incredibly tasty, kid-friendly (and surprisingly affordable) menu, Red Owl Tavern’s staff is also top notch. The hostess and servers were very friendly and super patient when it came to my hysterical, screaming son. I was endlessly grateful for their understanding during a stressful time!
Between the kid-friendly atmosphere and super convenient location, Red Owl Tavern is the perfect restaurant to take your (hopefully smiling) children during a day in Old City.
Photo Credit: Jason Varney