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Monday, August 22, 2016

City Tavern in Philadelphia by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Arriving at the City Tavern, in Philadelphia, on a recent trip there, I couldn't help but think of my characters Suzanne and Johan in my colonial novel, partially set in Philadelphia. How closely does the current City Tavern resemble the original, for instance? As we walked to the tavern, I admired the colonial items displayed in the curved window (see above.)

I'm betting the original tavern had a lantern hanging on the side of the building. And no sign like the one pictured (but isn't it cute?) This was our second visit to City Tavern, having visited a number of years ago when I was researching Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (White Rose/Pelican, June 2016). 
We entered the building, which features the beautiful windows shown above. And we were greeted by strains of colonial music!

On the Sunday night of our recent visit we were delighted to be treated to harp music throughout our dinner. It was absolutely heavenly sounding! A welcome surprise after a difficult drive up from Virginia and very relaxing.

I had some fabulous crab cakes with City Tavern's special remoulade sauce, a delicious salad, and enjoyed a raspberry shrub -- all fabulous!  The three of us shared a piece of chocolate mousse cake.

Visitors are encouraged to  visit the other rooms in the tavern, too. The entry hallway shown above and our dining area below.
The original City Tavern was a hotbed of activity. It was eventually torn down. But fortunately for us, it was rebuilt and features colonial era food with the famous chef, Walter Staib. Our server, dressed in colonial-era reproduction clothing, was attentive and knowledgeable about area history.  

If you get a chance, visit City Tavern in historic Philadelphia and enjoy a delightful dining experience! 

Bio: Carrie Fancett Pagels is the Colonial Quills administrator and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Her latest novel Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter is partially set in mid-18th century Philadelphia.


  1. How fun Carrie, to visit the City Tavern. I love harp music!

    1. Me too! I knew someone who played. The Grand a hotel offered that at night when we were there!

  2. It looks like a great place to visit. Maybe ... someday.

    1. Put it on your bucket list, Pegg! The City Yevern is a great place to visit!

  3. What a wonderful outing you had, Carrie! Beautiful music, delicious food, good company..a night to remember for sure.

  4. What a wonderful outing you had, Carrie! Beautiful music, delicious food, good company..a night to remember for sure.

  5. Wish we had places like this here in inland GA!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful place! I love harp music and the surroundings look wonderful. Something to remember when I get to Philadelphia again some day.


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