For the Adventurous
Han Dynasty – 108 Chestnut St.
No egg rolls here! Try this Old City spot if you enjoy or are willing to try authentic Chinese dishes, such as fried Taiwanese sausage; spicy, crispy cucumber; shredded pork with Chinese pickles; dan dan noodles; and various meat stir fry styles ranging from 0 to 10 on a hotness scale. Vegetarians are treated to pea leaves with garlic, bok choy with black mushrooms and stir fried shredded potatoes. Bring your friends and your favorite beer or wine for an inexpensive taste adventure.
Fork & Barrel – 4213 Ridge Ave.
Characterized as an Eastern European gastropub, Fork & Barrel harkens back to the early 20th century; there are no electric lights in the dining areas, only candles. This makes for a very inviting atmosphere as you enjoy roast pheasant, wild boar bratwurst, grilled whole rainbow trout, braised rabbit, or the rather ordinary sounding steamed mussels. If you’re a beer lover, the selection is largely Belgian, but there are many options even the biggest beer snobs have likely never tried, such as Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop from Denmark, Emelisse Double IPA from the Netherlands, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA from England, and Augustiner Edelstoff from Germany. I haven’t even yet mentioned the second floor, which is dubbed an American saloon featuring cask-conditioned ales and bottles, and a hot dog board.