I got a press release about chef Alison Barshak's new restaurant in Fort Washington, Alison two. (No real website yet, but an excellent "here's how we're building it" blog here.) Hey, looks great, high-end, really interesting -- maybe too interesting -- Bar Menu (Tuna Sliders, House Made Takewan Salad, Ginger Aioli; Charmoula Rubbed Lamb Loin Chop, Cucumber Mint Relish, Chick Pea Puree; and Corn Bisque, Huitlacohe, Black Truffle Essence, Masa Cake, Oyster Mushroom), all in a 150 year old stone building with fireplace. Honestly? No surprise, it's what you'd expect.
But get this booze action (at the bar, which is open now):
Alison two has a full bar with its own menu and a full list of classic cocktails with a twist, such as the French 75 with homemade brandied cherries and the Dark & Stormy with ginger beer house-made by Beverage Director Tom Pittakas. Signature drinks include Autumn Cider with apple brandy (wonder if they're using Laird's excellent stuff?), lemon juice and apricot brandy as well as the Jamaica Daiquiri with light rum infused with hibiscus in-house. The restaurant has a full wine cellar... The beer list features a wide selection of regional beers from small-batch breweries.Alison Barshak (or at least Tom Pittakas) recognizes that to have a truly top-flight restaurant in this area, you must have a truly top-flight drinks selection that includes a real beer list. Once again, folks: we're winning.
(Alison two is at 424 S. Bethlehem Pike, in Ft. Washington; they'll be open for dinner on October 16. Call 215/591-0200 for hours.)