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“A drink before dinner”

Sassafras International Cafe
Ranked #269 of 4,519 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
Reviewed July 19, 2009

Thanks to all who suggested we try this place - it was very quiet at 5:30 on a Saturday when we stopped in for a drink. Lovely old building, looking a little worn, open to the street. Had a nice chat with the bartender. Note: owned by the same Irishman who owns Tin Angel (live music) a few doors up the street.

Reading other sites suggests it is more "happening" later at night.

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Reviewed September 23, 2008

Refurbishing kept the old style and the best parts of the old menu-the hamburgers. Good ambience, small and quaint, and now with smoking ended a very pleasant place to meet at the bar.

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Reviewed September 6, 2008

Sassafras International Cafe has the potential of becoming the next great Old City establishment. The warmth and charm greet you as you walk through the door. The proprietor’s decision to keep much of the original interior features while seamlessly blending tasteful renovations allows you to be transported to an earlier time, a simpler time. But simple stops there. The selection of draught beer is varied, but not extensive…just enough. If you can’t find what you want on draught, you’re sure to find it on the bottled beer list. Wine is offered by the glass or the bottle. The bar staff delivers a perfect, extra-dry martini (try the Blue Coat gin, a local favorite or go whole-hog and get a Hendricks!). The ala-carte dinner menu offers a truly international assortment of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees. Each dish was expertly prepared with fresh ingredients. The only drawback was an unusually overwhelmed wait staff. This is not a criticism, but more of a warning. Trust us, the food is well worth the wait and surely this situation will be corrected as Sassafras moves through its growing pains. For now, sit back, relax and enjoy your time at Old City’s diamond in the rough.

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Reviewed June 23, 2008

I found this bar by accident. Most of Olde City is entirely too trendy and expensive for my taste. My husband and I were walking down the street and ventured in to Sassafras for a drink. The bar is old. I'm talking 100 years and older, old. What I loved about it was the fact that the owners kept the original features of the bar. The tiles on the floor, the tin ceiling, the original wood behind the bar, the fireplace. While they have updated some features, they embraced the wonderful older ones.
We decided on their buffalo wings and fries. The wings come in 2 flavors, traditional "buffalo" style and teriyaki. I had a sampling of both. They did not disappoint. My husband had their homemade, cut to order fries. They were some of the best fries we've ever had. The crowd was a mixture of young and older, music played but you could still talk to people and be heard without shouting. The waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. The prices are a little cheaper than some of the other places in Olde City but are still a little higher than other parts of the city. We will definitely go back again, and again. We loved it here.

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Reviewed January 24, 2008

one of the best burgers in the city.

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