White Dog Cafe

by Her Happy Balance on July 23, 2014

One of the biggest perks of working in Philadelphia is having an abundance of great restaurants to dine at for work lunches and dinner events. Whenever my boss is looking for a fancier dining experience, we usually go to White Dog Cafe. The menu is constantly changing based on what is in season, and the food is organic with a focus on sustainability. The meat comes from pasture fed animals and humanely treated livestock, while the fish and produce come from sustainable farming and fishing techniques. Everything down to the cleaners that they wash the tables with is environmentally friendly.

Here’s a look at my most recent dining experience there…

White Dog Cafe Sign

The table started by sharing the Local Artisan Cheese Plate which came with seasonal jams and accoutrements <-- fancy word for apples and almonds. The cheeses and jams were delicious, but the serving size was a bit small for six people to share. Next time we would probably order two plates. White Dog Cafe

I also shared two appetizers with a coworker. First up were the Prince Edward Island Mussels with pancetta, blue cheese, IPA, and saffron aioli. This dish was just okay; the blue cheese was a bit overpowering.

White Dog Cafe

Our second appetizer was the River & Glen Oysters, raw and on the half shell. The oysters were served on a bed of seaweed and I think they had been spritzed with vinegar or something similar, because they had a slight pickle taste. They were delicious and I could have eaten way more of these.

White Dog Cafe

For my entree, I ordered the Maryland Striped Bass. It was served with seared prawn, roasted porcini mushrooms, assorted vegetables and an anise broth. The fish was absolutely delicious, but I thought that the anise broth would be more liquid-like instead of a sauce. It was tasty, it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. That being said, I would order this again.

White Dog Cafe

Overall, my meal was very good. Fortunately, the dinner tab was on work πŸ˜‰ , but if I was dining on my own dollar, I would probably come here for lunch instead of dinner because it is a bit pricey. At restaurants like this, you have to remember that all the ingredients used by the chefs are carefully chosen, so you are paying for quality.

As for the service, the waitstaff was very attentive and knowledgable of the menu. I was dining with a vegetarian and the waiter was able to make good suggestions for her meal. The chef apparently will work with you if you have any sort of food allergies or needs. However, we did have to wait quite some time before our entrees were served, maybe it was because we were a larger group of diners.

Finally, if you plan on visiting the White Dog Cafe during dinner service, I would recommend making reservations. It is a small restaurant, but very cozy and with a great ambiance.

Oysters – yea or nay?
I love them cooked and raw.
What type of ethnic food is your favorite?
Would you rather order an appetizer or dessert?
Appetizer, please!

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cait @pieceofcait July 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

WAIT, did I know you were in the area?! NOW I DO! πŸ™‚ we love white dog!! we go to the one in Wayne. I love how cozy it is too. I will never forget the warm pumpkin soup i had the first time I went πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

Yes, I”m a Philly girl!!! We should totally try to arrange a blogger meet-up sometime πŸ™‚ And if you get a chance, try their mushroom soup – to-die-for! I’ll look out for their pumpkin soup this fall!

nicole @ simply nicole July 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

That place looks great! Next time I’m in the city I’ll have to check it out!!

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

Their mushroom soup is awesome! They have lots of seafood and veggie friendly dishes, too πŸ™‚

Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie July 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

I think I would like to eat this exact meal, please and thank you! You know me and my sweet tooth, dessert always wins! Although, in a perfect world, I’d like the appetizer and dessert.

Her Happy Balance July 23, 2014 at 9:32 am

I like your perfect world πŸ™‚ Come to Philly to visit me and we will do the whole shebang – soup to nuts!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne July 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

I love that everything is so local, and that they make their foods based off of the seasons! I wish more restaurants would do that. Not an oysters fan, nor am I a seafood fan haha.

Caitlin July 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

Mm nice work dinner! I want one like this haha πŸ˜‰ shouldn’t complain, though, since Joe keeps me busy with nice places around here and on vacation. Not a huge oyster fan, although I will have one if they’re ordered…and apps and dessert are welcome by me πŸ˜‰

Brittany @ DulceVie July 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Looks like a great place! My favorite ethnic food is Japanese food πŸ™‚ I could probably eat it every single day!

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