Best House Pizzeria
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
3.85/5 rDev +10%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Best House used to be another restaurant in its youth, a German restaurant. Its name? The Wurst House. I kid you not.
The Best House looks exceptionally unexceptional as you walk up to it -- another city pizza shop, across from the Green Line Cafe (nice atmosphere, weak coffee) on one corner, across from Clark Park on the other. If you go inside and make a left past the soda fountain, you'll find yourself learning about West Philly's best kept beer secret. You'll have to be skinny, however...there's only about a foot and a half between the coolers and the wall of cases across from it, just barely enough for the doors to open. If there's anyone else in the hall area, you'll have to squeeze your way around. No fatties need apply.
There are about 6 glass-doored coolers: One is soda, one is malternatives and schwill, and another is juice. The remaining three however, contain a delicious selection of beers, grouped by country and style. Over here, there is a full Paulaner line...up here, a full Sierra Nevada line, including fresh-tasting bottles of Bigfoot in August...down here, Dogfish land, with 90 minute flowing...don't forget to get some Stone IPA...with Weyerbacher, Yards, Victory, Stoudts, and other locals fill in the blanks, about 50 craft singles in all.
And these aren't just the usual suspects with the locals. Sure, you'll have Hop Devil and Prima there, but you'll also stumble upon St. Boisterous and Stoudts' Double Blond Hellerbock. When is the last time you saw two local craft Hellerbocks in a West Philly convenience store?
Oh, and just as you are about to leave...what's that? Oh, just an entire hidden section of 750s below the racks...lines of Chimay, Ommegang, who knows what will pop up.
Pricing is very odd, in that all craft bottles cost exactly the same...two and change for a single, and 13 dollars for a standard or mixed sixpack, tax included. What this means is that you could pay 13 dollars for a mix of Prima Pils, Weyerbacher ESB, and Yards' IPA, or 13 dollars for an entire sixer of barleywines. Heck, an entire sixer of Bigfoot. Very odd indeed.
For the drinker looking for a simpler tipple, there are old-school quart stubbie bottles of Yuengling for 2.75, and Beck's 24 oz. bottles are two for five dollars.
The pizza isn't horrible either, with an everyday buy two slices for 4 bucks, get a slice free deal. Good for when you don't feel like cooking.
All in all, it's a touch too expensive to do every day, but it's a good time to get together with someone, get a movie, a pie, and then create a sixer together while your pizza is baking.
Especially if it's a sixer of barleywines.
08-16-2006 12:18:59 | More by ithacabaron
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2.95/5 rDev -15.7%
quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Went in after having heard great things, only to find a very average selection with several good beers thrown in (Sam Smith Tadcaster, Tripel Karmeliet and Delirium Tremens) Otherwise it was basically standard fare for a place that has any claim at serving decent beer. The prices were way out of range for a beer store and, in fact, higher than many bars I've been to for their high end beers. ($7.50 for 12oz. bottles for the three beers I mentioned previously.) I ended up paying $18 for a six pack of some middle of the road beers, (none of which would have been more than $10 for a six pack in any other store.) I would only stop by again if everyone else is closed or you are in walking distance and do not have a car to get to some of the serious beer stores in Philly. Avoid.
09-08-2010 03:44:08 | More by stingrayvr6
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The best thing I can say about the Best House is that they have good pizza. But even on that note, it's fresh made pizza so how bad can it be?
Other than that, they do have a wide selection of beers to choose from, which is very nice, but I wouldn't go there to find beers I haven't had.
That leaves me to enjoying a pie and some good brew. Well, the atmosphere is close to the worst I've ever encountered. Not the worst, mind you, because I've been in places where I've actually feared for my life, but it wasn't pleasant. There were some clearly deviant creatures outside (which may have been a random coincidence), and some odd patrons on the inside when I visited. More importantly, it was kind of bright, and had the usual corner pizza shop feel to it. It wasn't dirty but it wasn't super-clean; and as usual, the menu above where you order was a jumbled mess.
So where does that leave us? TAKE OUT. If you're short on beers one night and happen to live in the area this is a great spot. AND, as I said, the pizza WAS good. But I'd never make this a destination, and to be honest, even if I lived right near here I'd probably get my beers somewhere else and only get take-out pie when I was in the mood.
To add insult to injury, I'll also suggest that there is a place nearby that has great beer and even better pizza and it's only a short jaunt away - Dock Street at 51st and Baltimore. I know they've got their problems too, but the atmosphere is much nicer, the pizza is better, and the beer selection is, theoretically better because you can only get it there. Price-wise Best House wins out, hands down... but you get what you pay for.
11-19-2008 02:27:07 | More by NeroFiddled
Best House Pizzeria in Philadelphia, PA
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