Our friend was visiting for the weekend, so we obviously had to hit up a boozy brunch. Not having tried the Twisted Tail just yet, I booked us an outdoor table for Sunday brunch. An added incentive? The boozy champagne popsicle cocktails I've been seeing all over Instagram!
Champagne cocktails aside, this Headhouse Square hotspot is a Southern-inspired bourbon house and juke joint, with plenty of American whiskies and bourbons on offer. You can dine al fresco and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Headhouse Square farmer's market or listen to live music as well.
That being said, 2/3 of our party were of the feminine persuasion, so we had to indulge in the trendy tipple (not that I needed my
arm tail twisted!). They usually have a variety of homemade popsicles on offer - we tried both their Meyer lemon and strawberry. When melted, the popsicles expectedly imparted their sweet flavors upon the effervescent, dry champagne. Easy drinking!
Pro-tip: Twisted Tail offers half-off sparkling wine on Sundays!
Beer-Battered Cheese Curds [$9]
Thousand island, spicy tomato jam
Twisted Tail's beer-battered cheese curds are gargantuan and likely the best curds I've had! The batter was like glass and housed squeaky and stringy hot curds. The accompanying Thousand Island was on point and the spicy tomato jam was even better.
Praline French Toast [$13]
Brioche, pecans, bourbon pineapple
Our friend's french toast was requested without the bourbon pineapple, yet was still quite tasty and comforting! We're talking a thick slab of brioche, with the exterior nicely crusted and a pillowy, almost creamy interior.
Biscuits n' Gravy [$13]
Sausage, sunny side eggs
Admittedly, my main could have been executed slightly better. In addition to the brown gravy being a bit jarring, it was clear it had started to seize. Still, the flavors were there, with plenty of savory sausage and ham and a flaky biscuit providing substantive heft to each bite. And while I typically prefer poached eggs, sunny side made sense when considering the gravy. Regardless of your preference, who can say no to any type of eggs on top?
Bourbon-battered, maple syrup
The GF's chicken and potato waffle was likely the best main. Crisp, juicy chicken came bone-in and packed with plenty of flavor and seasoning. The sweet potato waffle had some texture and was subtly sweet. With a drizzle of maple syrup and a dash of that apple butter, it was easy to create the perfect sweet and savory bite.
French Fries [$5]
We were all in the mood for fries and thankfully, the Twisted Tail's are perfect - crisp and salty. They also came with a trio of side dips as well, including a curry ketchup and garlic aioli.
We all know Philly has plenty of proper brunch spots. And if you're in the Society Hill area, I'd recommend hitting up the Twisted Tail - boozy brunch or not! I know I'll be stopping by again to indulge in some bourbons and to check out their Happy Hour.