Thursday, December 13, 2012

Odd Fellows / YOLO

UPDATE:  This place has since reopened under the name YOLO.  While I haven't eaten at the new establishment I can say I probably won't go back there based on the horrible name choice of YOLO.  Like, really?  Based on my most recent Yelp! check, YOLO has 1.5 stars.  Here is more info about YOLO from Foobooz:

"Do you really only live once? Odd Fellows, located on 1201 Spruce Street, is trying to defy that notion with their revamped storefront, now called YOLO (as in, You Only Live Once). Yes, they are Drake fans.
Under new ownership, YOLO plans on revamping their entire menu and focusing primarily on brunch options and baked goods. While their coffee menu will experience little change, their coffee provider, formerly Counter Culture, will now be the localGreen Street Coffee."
Full article here.

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I recently went down to Philadelphia to visit my sister, a new Philly resident.  While I'm sad that she left Asheville because it means I won't be visiting Posana anytime soon, I'm also glad to have her closer to me in New York City. 

We walked around the neighborhood near her temporary sublet and decided to eat dinner at Odd Fellows.  It's a bit of a strange place to walk into, as it is a cafe and full restaurant.  The coffee machines greet you upon entrance, creating a bit of an off-kilter vibe.  We stuck with the decision because of the beautiful big windows and airy feel the restaurant/cafe had and the fact that the menu is marked with gluten free options.

I opted for a salmon dish... and unfortunately can't remember what else the dish was served with.  What I do remember, however, is that it was merely okay and not great.  My sister and her boyfriend felt the same way about their dishes, which were not gluten free so I couldn't try them.

I won't be going back to Odd Fellows Cafe... but for those of you who want to try it know in advance that it is BYO.
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Odd Fellows Cafe
1201 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Map)
(484) 897-0633

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