Season Finale – Franklin, Continental and Whiskey

The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company

Speakeasies have become a favorite on Debora the Explora’s Bucket List this winter. We approached the award-winning Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company for a second attempt. We missed it on a previous chilly night when the street was filled with a long line ahead of us. But this Friday night we made it and it was worth the wait, not just for the cocktail concoctions but the surprise that was awaiting us!

Out on the sidewalk a handlebar-mustached fellow gave us the green light. Through the dark doorway we entered into a narrow, dark prohibition den with black walls illuminated by chandeliers and tea lights. Booths for intimate tete-a-tete conversations ran along one side, facing a bar that ran the length of the room. The host escorted us to seats at the glamorous bar where the bartender immediately offered his services. The drinks were sophisticated and original, topped with fresh fruit and poured over massive handmade ice cubes. We ordered an old-fashioned and a specialty bourbon cocktail.

Here is where the surprise occurred: My husband was recording our visit with his GoPro camera which inspired a conversation with two handsome young guys sitting next to me– Kyle & Rick. They were so funny! The playful conversation followed and we had so many laughs together that they invited us to join them for dinner. Drinks on Kyle & Rick and an invite to dinner. A first!

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The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company
112 S 18th St, Fl 1st,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The Continental Mid-town

Walking a few blocks, we continued our evening at The Continental Mid-town, a Steven Starr establishment. The dining room is impressive with a vaulted ceiling, two-stories high, featuring an enormous chandelier made up of nearly 100 lightbulbs dropping from vertical stems. Around the second floor perimeter is a railing lined with suspended egg-shaped chairs, swinging and facing each other like love-birds.

Packed with diners, the hostess directed us to an elevator that carried us to the rooftop patio while we waited under the stars and continued the comedy! Rick is an avid photographer and shared a photo ap “snap seed “with easy to use filters. We hardly had time to enjoy the patio when we were called to our table. The food was Starr quality. We ordered small plates of roasted brussel sprouts, creamy macaroni and cheese, and pork tacos wrapped with scallion ribbons. We finished with decadent flourless brownies, pure ice cream and chocolate mousse served with cups of joe in oversize yet graceful cups. Again, a gift from Kyle and Rick. Oh stop! Thank you.

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Continental Mid-Town
1801 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Village Whiskey

My energy picked up on the way to our third venue. Owned by Chef Jose Garces, Village Whiskey has been on my bucket list for two years! In the past, the bar was always too full as a walk-in or there were no reservations when I called ahead. Arriving at midnight seems to be the key this bourbon and burger joint, famous for duck fat fries.

A classic shape, it is a long, dark and narrow bar decorated with vintage black and white floor tiles. They are known for many kinds of whiskey obviously! With room in our stomachs for only one night cap, we toasted to our new friends with plenty more laughs–until we explore again.

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Village Whiskey
118 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

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