Audrey Taichman reopened Twenty Manning this week as Twenty Manning Grill, a casual, neighborhood-focused restaurant that will serve a seasonal menu of new American food. Not only does the restaurant have a new name, but it also has a bright new look (white-washed wood paneling and sunny yellow leather banquettes) as well as a completely revamped menu of fish, fowl, beef and pork. Below we take a look at some of the new menu items and cocktails.
Twenty Manning Grill features a deliberately eclectic assortment of dishes meant to satisfy a variety of cravings. Chef-Partner Kiong Banh created the menu.
Menu items will include: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with pineapple-basil sorbet; Moules Frites with classic broth, hunks of crusty bread and bourbon remoulade; Pan-Seared Scallops with pink grapefruit supremes, sautéed spinach and yellow pepper olive oil; The “TMG” Burger, eight oz. of grass-fed, pasture-raised beef with special sauce, iceberg lettuce, plum tomato and raw purple onion, served on a cutting board topped with a “good pickle” alongside a heap of French fries; and Charbroiled Beef Sirloin Noodles, one of Twenty Manning’s signature dishes, featuring charbroiled beef sirloin over rice noodles with lemongrass, shredded romaine, pickled cucumber, fresh basil, fresh mint and garlic-lime vinaigrette. Dishes range in price from $5 to $22.
Taichman says the new menu includes a few old favorites carried over from Twenty Manning, but is mostly new. There’s also a ‘Daily Show’ menu of weekly ‘plates of the day’ featuring classic dishes like hot dogs and fish and chips.
Taichman collaborated with some big time names from the Philly food scene on specific menu items: the pizza dough recipe was created with help from Zahav chef Michael Solomonov and the Art Institute of Philadelphia’s Rocco Lugrine; the rolls are sourced from Georges Perrier; and the aforementioned “good pickle,” a Canadian treat Taichman grew up on that is now brought into the city exclusively for her by DiBruno Brothers.
The restaurant’s bar offers signature cocktails that incorporate fresh herbs and fruits as well as local craft beers and unusual wines from American and international vintners. Cocktails will include: “TMG” Perfect Martini, Philadelphia’s own Bluecoat gin with sweet and dry vermouth, garnished with a “big, fat olive”; The Audrey, Grey Goose Poire vodka with Lillet and fresh lime juice; and Fresh Basil Mojito, Bacardi rum with fresh basil, fresh mint and lime juice.
Wines will include a Spanish Albarino and German Riesling, as well as California Pinot Noir and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Draught beers will tend toward local offerings, such as Dock Street’s Rye IPA and Flying Fish’s Farmhouse Summer Ale, while bottled beers will range further afield to Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale and Lindeman’s Framboise. Beverages range in price from $3 to $11.
Twenty Manning is open for dinner daily.
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