The Farmers' Cabinet
Best restaurant in PhillyFarmer's Cabinet has long been my favorite spot for date nights and drinks with the girls, and I recently took a large group for dinner and drinks. They are completely committed to their theme, down to the mason jarred candles suspended from the ceiling, the barrel tables at the bar and big wooden benches at the back, and the Saturday night brass band with tuba and banjo. But this place is definitely not dowdy! There's an extensive beer list, unique and yummy cocktails, and the bartenders are wonderfully creative. Name any odd ingredient you like, and they can invent a delicious cocktail! In addition, the food is absolutely spectacular. Even simple things like the chicken are amazing. I've only had comparable chicken at Felidia in NYC.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to meet peopleGreat place to meet people in the city. Extensive beer list and great hand-crafted cocktails. If you are looking for a quieter place, ask to be seated upstairs in the traditional room. And don't miss the chef's tasting plate as an appetizer. I would definitely return the next time I am in Phili.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMtook my brother for dinnertook my brother for dinner Sunday night as a birthday present because he makes beer and I knew Farmer's Cabinet had an extensive beer list. We both enjoyed the food and my brother loved the beers. by time we were having dessert there was a musical duo with a wonderful bluegrass sound. It just added to the ambiance.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had great food and fabulousWe had great food and fabulous drinks in a super cool prohibition era environment. I love it here.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThere was no music duringThere was no music during dinner, I understand that the band does not come on until 10PM but light music before hand during dinner would really make the ambiance 100 %4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Meats, Undercooked VegetablesLove the local, fresh feel of the menu and offerings. Service was excellent. If you come as a party of two you may be sitting on a bench and at a table with others, so it may not be best for intimate dates. The meat choices and flavors were impeccable. The vegetables were fresh, however, not cooked appropriately on either my nor my husband's meal. The root vegetables I had were not cooked all the way through. Hard potatoes are not for me, though the flavors were good. The brussels sprouts cooked in duck fat, were not cooked thoroughly, just tossed in what seemed and tasted like a little oil and served. There was not a lot of flavor on them and as crunch as they are raw.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPricy but good!The portion sizes were extremely small for the price. The food was good. Loved the atmosphere !!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there early beforeWe were there early before the theater and so the restaurant got more crowded as the evening went on. Wonderful selection of beers as well as great specialty cocktails. We enjoyed all the courses including dessert. Had a great time. Didn't mind at all sharing the bench style table seating for 6 with just one other couple at the far end.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe selected the Farmers' CabinetWe selected the Farmers' Cabinet because of very positive reviews. We wanted an eatery close to the Walnut Street Theatre so we could entertain our out of town guests before the show. We selected the quiet room. One of our guests wears hearing aides. Our reservation was for 6 p.m. It was perfect but by 7:30 p.m. when we finished dinner and were ready to walk three blocks to the theatre, the room had become very noisy. I am glad we had earlier reservations. We look forward to dinner again soon at the Farmers' Cabinet... great beers and drinks.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThey have a great vibe whenThey have a great vibe when you walk in, however if you are older and need a back to your chair, request one. Mostly bench seating. This also makes it great if you have a large party! The food was good. Not the kind of food that you are dying for more, but definitely worth it. Wish more of their specialty drinks revolved around vodka, but no such luck. The service was good, the only glitch was we waited a bit for small plates to share our cheese and meat tray.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Farmer's Cabinet = WonderfulI love The Farmer's Cabinet. They offer a fantastic menu of food and wine/beer/ales. The staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. The jazz band playing that night was also spectacular.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAsk for Kate - Great Time!The cocktails are imaginative and too numerous to count but Kate, our awesome server, recommended to my partner the ‘Smoke and Rice’ cocktail which is made of bluecoat gin, aalborg aquavit, lemon and smoked paprika on the rocks. It was sublime – delicious! I don’t like gin – but this is a drink I could have swilled too much of easily. I had an Original Sin hard cider.
While waiting for our dining companions to arrive, we ordered the Chef’s Tasting Plate which was two cured meats, two pickled choices and two cheeses with garnishes that came on a piece of black slate. Perfect for two to share on a date night before ordering the II and III courses.
We then ordered 3 of the cheeses, 3 of the cured meats and 6 of the pickles for the four o3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and drinks were fantastic.Food and drinks were fantastic. There were four of us dining and we each had two cocktails, picking a different one each time.
They are proud of their Old Fashioneds. This is my husband's drink of choice and he said it was terrific.
For appetizers we went with the Bavarian Pretzel (very good!), the Chef's Tasting of cheese and charcuterie and I had to try the Saffron Duck Eggs (terrific!) .
I am typically not a fan of pickles, but the Kirby Chips that came with the chef tasting were amazing.
For dinner I had the Quail stuffed with Duck Sausage. I highly recommend it. The scallops, venison and the short ribs were also very good.
We will definitely go back!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AM