The Party Starts at SOMO

SOMO offers an impressive deal not only once but twice in a day. While most establishments only offer ‘before dinner’ happy hours, the restaurant lets you enjoy their extensive bar list on discounted price twice. It was Morrissey’s idea to offer twice-a-day happy hours based on his experience that he was always drawn to restaurants with robust drink menus and kitchens that serve food late past the usual 5:00 pm happy hours. He wants SOMO to be open and accessible for everyone until past midnight. This offer proves to be a hit in the neighborhood. SOMO’s regulars love it and has been very well received.

SOMO’s ‘Afterwork Happy Hour’ is from Monday to Friday, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Enjoy half price on drafts and Well cocktails and $3 off on all specialty drinks. All snacks bar at $5. You can also visit their ‘Late Night Happy Hour’ from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 11:00 pm.

The restaurant also serves brunch on weekends. Speaking of brunch, this meal might be a considered a fad – a sort millennial movement in trendy larger cities like Dubai, New York, and Chicago – but this social experience is here to stay. Happening between breakfast and lunch – and most of the time extended until late afternoon – this trend seems to begin in 2004, although doing a little bit of research shows that it was already on the mainstream ever since 1985. And with 71% of Americans wish restaurants served breakfast all-day, this part of the meal considered a bonding ritual and a social pastime for many, we bet that ‘brunching’ is here to stay.

Join SOMO’s Saturday and Sunday brunch days. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, order a meal and enjoy delicious bottomless mimosas for $26. Enjoy Huevos Rancheros (corn tortillas, chorizo gravy, pico de gallo, roasted potatoes with sunny side up eggs) or just plain but delectable SOMO Classic (two eggs, breakfast meat, fries, and toast). If you’re looking for the quintessential millennial meal then don’t forget to order SOMO’s avocado toast with a fried egg and smoked salmon and don’t forget to hashtag #mimosaswiththesquad. 

The restaurant can seat 50+ people with 16 seats at the bar. For private parties, SOMO accepts reservation and you’ll have the roomy dining room on the lower level all for you and your guests.

The current hours at SOMO are Monday to Wednesday from 4:00 pm to midnight.
 Thursday and Friday from 4:00 pm until 1:30 am. Saturdays from 10:00 am until 1:30 am., and Sundays from 10 am to midnight. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Find SOMO at 4311 Main St. in Manayunk. You can reach them by phone: (267) 297-6668.

Post written by Soham Caldwell, writer for The Verge, the Huffington Post, and the occasional finance column at Consumer Insurance Report.

The Selection at SOMO

Right in the middle of this vibrant neighborhood is SOMO. Owned by James Morrisey, an award-winning interior designer in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region, with a long impressive list of restaurants, cafes, lounges, and other culinary projects under his belt, what else for Morrissey to do but open one of his own?

Being his first foray in the food industry as an owner, he wanted to make sure to create an excellent restaurant where people go every single day to enjoy excellent food and drinks whilst spending time with family, friends, and business associates. If you’re wondering what’s with the name SOMO, the namesake of the place is her daughter, SOphia MOrrissey which makes it an incredibly personal project for him. Morrisey and his design team were able to achieve their goal, a neighborhood destination that is trendy and fun offering patrons a super chill vibe. Simple yet upscale.

Step in and you’ll be welcomed by the interior’s industrial chic, rustic, and welcoming vibe. With bookshelves lining the walls, subdued lights, and cushy seats that remind you of The Godfather, the menu is not overly pub-esque. This quaint restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, enjoy a great family lunch, and a middle ground if you and your friends can’t decide on what to eat after work. 

Since opening its doors in 2017, SOMO became known for its classic American comfort food with an urban twist and drinks list which are exceptionally good.

Talking of drinks, if you feel overwhelmed choosing from SOMO’s vast drink selection including 24 rotating craft beers on tap, sake, handcrafted cocktails, and wine, no fret since the restaurant’s beverage manager and head bartender, Ryan Landy, will be there together with his team to guide you with wine pairing and prepare the best cocktail to go with your bar food. Champagne with your oysters? Which beer goes with your cheesecake? Or maybe you want to know what drink can you pair with your savory and salty fries? SOMO’s team will be there to help you.

TV host and food geek Alton Brown hits the mark when he famously said that no level of food can save a bad service. We all know that good food and good customer service are the reasons why you’ll visit a restaurant again. One without the other won’t cut. Realistically though, one might come and try another food on the menu but will never come back if the issue is about the rude staff. Terrible customer service can overpower any delicious, carefully prepared food. 

And if there’s one thing that SOMO has consistently been praised for is its amazing customer service thanks to a team that happily serves up with a pleasant and welcoming sincerity. From the front of the house to the back of the kitchen, the consistent level of high-quality service is evident. 

Restaurant’s menu highlights are their slow-cooked sofrito pulled pork with herb aioli and arugula atop a grainy baguette, or you could try their pan-seared Mahi-Mahi with coconut rice, sweet pepper puree, and jalapeno pesto. You should also not miss their roasted chicken in au jus that comes with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

For vegetarians, there are lots of options on the menu including their delicious green pea burger – a chickpea and green pea patty with roasted peppers, provolone, and herb aioli in a brioche bun. For mains, you can order mushroom pappardelle which is roasted mushrooms with meyer lemon and ricotta. And if you’re into sweet endings, you have the option of bourbon banana bread pudding topped with caramel sauce and chantilly cream, apple fritters with caramel or beignets. They serve cheesecake too although seasonal.

If you’re only in SOMO for the bar food, the restaurant’s small plate starters will definitely make you satisfied. You can try the roasted brussels sprouts with shallot, parmesan, and apple cider vinegar, or go for their grass-fed meatballs with whipped ricotta and parmesan. Not to be missed is the house specialty SOMO Disco Fries – crispy French fries swimming in short rib gravy, topped with cheddar, bacon, and scallion. Take our word for it, order two if you’re with a friend!

If you and your friends are looking for a place to hang out after work, then SOMO is the best bar to go to for happy hours. Do you know that the term “happy hour” is a term popularly used by the marines in the early 1900s describing a period when the navy can have entertainment? Nowadays, it’s a marketing term when a venue offers discounts on drinks (with free or discounted appetizer, too). This is one marketing ploy we don’t mind having!

A Culinary Tour of Philadelphia

If you’re visiting Philadelphia, there are some things you just can’t miss while you’re in the first World Heritage City in the United States – the Liberty Bell, the cheesesteaks, pretzels, and a visit at SOMO in Manayunk. 

Most tourists visit Philadelphia and won’t miss the world-famous delicious cheesesteaks which Philly is synonymous with. A long, crusty bread roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef and gooey melted cheese. This popular dish made its official debut around 1930 when a hotdog vendor Pat Olivieri, as the story goes, slapped on some beef onto his grill. The taxi drivers, allured by the aroma, demanded to have his steak sandwiches and the rest is history.  

Another experience that you can’t miss if you go and visit the state is their soft pretzels. We’re not talking about the usual overly processed mall food court pretzels but we’re referring to those chewy, soft and hearty pretzels which is said that Philadelphians consume twelve times the national average. Honestly, we can’t blame them.

Now, if you’re tired of eating Philly’s soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the main street in Manayunk is boasting with many dining options. There is one restaurant in particular that you shouldn’t miss to check out.

Philly food scene is arguably the best in the East and restaurants in Manayunk is no exception. Manayunk is a trendy town sandwiched between Cresson and Main Street. Boasting picturesque hillside neighborhood of million-dollar houses with a charm of an Italian little town, the best thing you can do when you visit this little hood is, well, what the place literally translates to, “where we go to drink”!