Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
We went in expecting a Jewish restaurant. Boy, were we wrong.
But we didn’t know for sure until the double sacrilicious chocolate bacon egg cream dessert arrived! (Because there’s bacon, cream and egg drizzled with honey in one deliciously tall jar equals a double no-no: no bacon, period, and no mixing dairy with meat!)
Michael Solomonov’s (of Zahav, a modern Israeli restaurant) Abe Fisher opened in September 2014 and has been making tastebuds drool since then. Co-owner Steven Cook claims everything is fair game, not just Jewish Diaspora from around the world.
Located across the street from the addicting FedNuts (Federal Donuts) on Sansom Street, it is a smaller space in an upscale diner setting. It seats 50 in the dining area with two kitchen counter seats from for front row action, plus a full-service bar that seats ten. Walk-in guests are welcome however on a really rainy, miserable night it was packed by 7 p.m. so we recommend reservations to not torture your tastebuds.
Co-chef Yehuda Sichel created a sharing menu with options for every picky eater: vegetable, fish and meat dishes are available for $14 and under. Something a lot of restaurants should get savvy to is the prix fixe (fixed price) menu of three plates plus dessert for only $39.
Because anything goes here, so we went with the Chinese style Hungarian Duck, dry-aged duck, stuffed neck with three sauces for two, which comes with two chef-selected plates. Another admirable option was the Montreal Short Rib, a huge whole beef short rib plate with house-made rye and garnishes. Brian Kane, beverage director, kicks it up a notch with a stellar cocktail, beer, cider and wine (with 17 wines by the glass)!
If you’re a commitment-phobe foodie, try the happy hour first 7 days a week (say what?) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Boozy cocktails are $7, which is $5 off! Wine is only $5 and $5 apps are available such as foie gras toasts (rye bread, foie gras mousse topped with stewed apples!)