A Welcome Return
The old Brandywine Brewing Co. comes back as BBC Tavern, only to redefine upscale casual.
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Salads and sandwiches $9.25-$12
Hot soft pretzels, braised ribs, crab and corn chowder, pan-seared sea bass
By now, David Dietz must have served enough of his fantastic soft pretzels to join fellow champions of the industry—Auntie Anne, Ed Rendell and the grandma from Snyder’s of Hanover—on some kind of Mount Rushmore of pretzels.
Yes, the pretzels made famous by Dietz’s Brandywine Brewing Co. in Greenville have been revived at his new BBC Tavern and Grill. They may not be gratis, as they were at the old BBC, but they still pack a soft, yet firm and perfectly seasoned bite that’s miles better than anything this side of Rittenhouse Square. The scene-stealing co-stars, two righteously dippable homemade mustards, are back as well, with all the gooey apple sweetness and spicy horseradish giddyup you remember.
There’s much more going on at the BBC, but its famous pretzels—ostensibly bar snacks that have been elevated to something greater—are the perfect symbol of its strength. BBC Tavern absolutely nails upscale casual.
Its menu is filled with gastropub food at decent prices (in line with say, an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant), but sprinkled with nifty little Greenville extravagances. There is meatloaf with Thai chili cream, crab cakes with pepper rouille and ribs flown in from Denmark. Here’s the neighborhood pub for the neighborhood with the state’s highest per capita income.
Credit Dietz for knowing his surroundings—and for knowing exactly how his friends and customers like to let their hair down. If Las Vegas is America’s playground, then BBC is Greenville’s playground. Despite the immense popularity of nearby Pizza By Elizabeths and healthy business at nearby taverns Cromwell’s and Buckley’s, response to BBC’s comeback has been positive. You will see someone you know there.
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