I live in the vicinity of City Tap House and dine there about four or five times per year. This is my standard "go-to" place when I'm entertaining casual guests in Philadelphia or my friends and I just want to eat somewhere local where we don't have to stress out about what to order. The claim to fame here is beer. They offer flights or you can just pick one beer from a very large selection. I must admit, I'm not a beer aficionado, but every time I go to City Tap I at least get whatever cider they are offering at the time. I only say that to let you know that you don't have to love beer to dine here. They have something for everyone and the wait staff is pretty well educated about the various characteristics of the beers. Don't let anyone talk you out of going by saying "I'm not really a beer person."
The interior space is very large and that lends itself to very short, if any, wait times. I can only remember one time my cousin and I had to wait for a table, but by the time we got a drink at the bar and started taking sips, the table was ready. The outdoor terrace has several fire pits that make the space really enjoyable. Your "city" view will depend on where you sit. This is located in across from Penn's campus and a few blocks from two major hospitals so, depending on the day, you are likely to find a mix of health care professionals, students, professors, and visiting family members. It's really a place for everyone.
As far as food, you will have a nice selection. They have some really good sweet potato fries. If you like shrimp and grits this is, surprisingly, a good place to get them! Other items I've had and enjoyed are the various pizzas and the burgers. I recently went with a friend and we got an appetizer, two orders of fries, a pizza to share and pear cider (one each) and the total bill was less than $50. So after we included tip we spent $30 each. I don't think that's bad at all considering I've gone to other places in the city and where the entree alone is $30. Like I said, it's a great space with a casual feel. I've had only good experiences here and will continue to go.
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