Chef Shuffle

Watkins Drinkery’s New Chef Plays the Same Old Game

Watkin's Drinkery
Watkin’s Drinkery Photo: Collin Keefe

Watkins Drinkery, the cozy South Philly watering hole that The Dive owner Jonathan Klein opened last year in what used to be the shady coke bar Bella Rosa II near 10th and Watkins streets, has a new chef. She’s Jenn Choplin, who previously played second toque under the hood at Resurrection Ale House. And Foobooz is reporting that she just rolled out a new menu for the Drinkery. But it doesn’t stray far from the previous chef’s bill of fare. Seems Choplin, whom we’re guessing could have just as easily built up a whole new selection of dishes and snacks from a blank slate, has come up with some new offerings, but leans hard on to same wild game gimmickry of her predecessor. One dish in particular, a Brazilian stew called Feijoada, comes loaded with wild boar, antelope and alligator. Frankly, if we wanted to experience the thrill of a big game hunt vicariously, we’d bone up on our Hemingway. But while casually tipping beers, we’d much prefer a simple cheeseburger. [Foobooz]

Watkins Drinkery’s New Chef Plays the Same Old Game