3749 Midvale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129
On my way back from a Valley Forge bike ride, I tried to grab a beer at In Riva, but they were closed until 5. Side note - if I own a place, and the staff is all there, I have a great Thursday afternoon, and two customers want to sit on the porch and have a beer, we are never going to be closed. I understand that the employees need to prep between shifts, I have significant restaurant experience, but I also would never turn people away who are trying to give me money. So we pedaled up the block (thanks to Yelp!) and hit the Falls Taproom. I am glad we did.
The Falls Taproom has a pretty classy menu, full of tempting menu items. As I still had to ride another four miles home, I didn't want anything too heavy.
The smoked gouda triangles were not an option, but rather a necessity. I am slightly obsessed with gouda, and have never had it in deep fried form. This was hands-down the best fried cheese I have ever had. Smoky, gooey, and rich, the pale ale marinade and panko crumbs were the perfect complements to the indulgent cheese.
Served with a fresh, tangy marinara sauce, they were surprisingly not as heavy as you would imagine.
I also gave the Mediterranean plate a try. While it may not look like much, this was a delicious and fresh (and reasonably priced) appetizer that blew away the other version I recently tasted in Manayunk. Roasted peppers, hummus, olives, goat cheese, and some warm pita bread made for a fresh and light snack.
The hummus is made fresh in-house daily (as well it should be) and the roasted peppers were still steaming from their flame kiss moments earlier. This fresh preparation was precisely what I was in the mood for after the haul out to Valley Forge.
All in all, the Falls Taproom is a great spot for a casual snack and a beer or two. The service is good, the food is great, and the beer selection is perfect.