My Warmdaddy's Experience
This evening I had the priviledge of going out to dinner with my sister. We'd decided to have a drink and dine at Warmdaddy's. Warmdaddy's is a smooth jazz and blues restaurant bar. Established in 2007 owned (and operated) by Robert and Benjamin Bynum aka "Bynum Brothers." We arrived at the beautiful waterfront area in Philadelphia, Columbus Boulevard (Delaware Avenue) to enjoy a fun filled night.
At Warmdaddy's the service was impeccable. From the time we walked in up until our exiting the premises I felt 100% sure that this evening's dinner would be a great experience.
Our server Rick was pleasant and very professional. Always checking and making sure our experience was good. At no time did he ever try and rush us out for the next customer or the next tip. He provided great service which added to our wonderful dinning experience.
There are several dinning areas, they have an outdoor front patio terrace, a roof top terrace, a bar and an indoor dinningroom. Casual dress code with a mature crowd.
The ambiance was a very relaxed one. Due to celebrities and performers being commonplace at Warmdaddy's it was no surprise when Patty Jackson, a famous radio personality from local radio station WDAS 105.3FM, made an appearance. She frequently visits to promote sponsors of the station. This evening she was promoting a new movie release and she had giveaways including posters and post cards. There was also a raffle in which the winners received t-shirts.
The evening continued with the amazing sounds of Joe Louis Walker. The smooth soulful sounds of The Blues. The music along with the surrounding art demonstrating a soulful jazz & blues adornment.
The overall mood in the indoor dinning area included dim lighting, a single lit candle on each table. The color scheme blended perfectly with the music genre.
We started off with drinks, so many to choose from. What a wonderful place to start, I'm not a big drinker but I wanted to try some new and different flavors. Expanding my horizons because they were new and different to me. Viewing the drink menu cocktails, draft and bottled beer, Margaritas, Mojitos & Martini's, wine, Champagne as well as non-alcoholic beverages, I'm gonna need to get back here soon. My choice was Southern Sweet Iced Tea, a Watermelon Martini and Daddy Long Legg's Lemonade. Having zero complaints in the drink department time to move on.
Now let's talk about the food. The cuisine selection was very appealing to the eye and stomache. There were so many tasteful choices to choose from. The selection of appetizers, entrees, salads, drinks and deserts, too yummy. My family hails from New Orleans, Louisiana so I was curious as to what this southern cuisine was really gonna taste like. I couldn't decide at first but I did finally settle on my favorites as did my sister.
The waiter took our order and about 7 minutes later my appetizer was up and steamin' hot. The Crispy Chicken Liver was just that crispy and quite delish. Then to the main entrees arrived Eastern Coast Crab Cakes and Seafood, Chicken & Spicy Chicken Sausage Jambalaya. The preperation of both entrees were superb. Even the portion of food was worth the cost. However the taste was somewhat lacking. Let me explain, from the look of the food my mouth was watering. Then to fork into the crab cake only to realize that they were a bit too mushy (for my taste.) I feel everyone has an off day and these crab cakes may have fit into this category today.
Seafood, Chicken & Spicy Chicken Sausage Jambalaya was really good too. It tasted so genuine that I was taken back to 1987 when I spent a good chunk of my teenage life in the Crescent City. I closed my eyes and just pictured being at my grandma's house in her kitchen eating a big pot of Gumbo, Cray Fish and Jambalaya with red beans and rice. My sister felt the same way. Spicy, tasty and a good repeat choice.
Along with the main dish Skillet Cornbread was served. Have you ever tasted cornbread that melted in your mouth? The taste of honey, butter and real corn, yum, yum good. The sides were also tasty. Southern Red Rice, Smoked Turkey Collards, Old Bay Fries all scrumptious. Even the Potatoe Salad was good, not too dry and not too wet but spiced very well.
Finally, the choice for desert was Upside Down Pinapple Bread Pudding. Nothing to say but it was so good that as I am writing this article, just thinking about it my mouth is salivating, not a good thought, huh? I hope you get the picture though. Smooth on the roof of your mouth with a bready consistency, nothing better than that.
My Warmdaddy's Experience was a great one. Although the entree I chose wasn't up to parr, I'd still recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys jazz and blues. Those who are intrigued by comfortability in a restarutant I'm sure you will enjoy the visual and feel of this southern atmosphere. So when you are in the Philadelphia waterfront area stop by and mention this article. Then let me know about your experience.
To view Warmdaddy's menu click here.