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Friday, July 23, 2010

Couch Tomato Cafe and Manayunk Brewery (Manayunk) - Margherita Pizza...then beer

Appears a large, nearing 20" round pie with a spread of crimson toned red with scattered dollops of homemade Buffalo Mozzarella and basil leaves. -

The crust is on the thicker side of a pan pizza.  The underside yields a dark, golden brown that has a crispy, crackly texture that is baked a good 1/8" into the bottom before turning into an artisan bread like texture.  The description probably doesn't do the crust justice.  It was really my favorite part of the pie. - 4.5

The sauce is ok but a bit hard to find.  It's as-if they've made a regular cheese pizza, then they "upgraded" it to be a Margherita by simply cutting tomato slices, and adding some fresh mozzarella, and basil near the end of the bake.  I really felt the sauce took a back seat and finds itself lost in this pie.  Once you find it, the flavor is decent but I need more for a proper gauge and a good balance. - 2.5

The cheese...again, I'm not really sure what to do here.  There is the layer of the shredded mozzarella underneath the tomato slices that really just plays second fiddle to the point of interest of this Margherita pie, which is the homemade Buffalo Mozzarella.  The problem - there's just so little of it on there.  The pieces that you do find are nice.  They're mildly sweet and melt in your mouth. - 2.5

Overall, this was a good pie.  I wasn't blown away due to the bits of the pizza that were lacking but the crust was a clear winner among the attributes of this particular pie and in comparison to other pizzas.  I won't go running back based on this trip but if you're in the area, give them a try and let me know what you think. - 3

Total Score: 3.3/5

The Couch Tomato's website

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A walk a few blocks down Main Street and on to the beer...

Manayunk Brewery's California Dreamin' IPA -

look: 4.5
smell: 4
taste: 4.5
feel: 4
drink: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a thick 1 finger white head that stays for several minute. Tons of sticky ring lacing.
Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, oranges, and biscuits with some sweet malt.
Taste is of the same aromas that is nice and balanced.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, and different for an East coast IPA.
Drinkability is very nice. They claim they would put this up against any west coast IPA and I believe it!

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