1100 Social

1100 Social is bringing Mexican and Asian flavors with an innovative twist to classic dishes. Since October 2015, Xfinity Live at 1100 Pattison Avenue has so much more than beer and chicken wings to offer to Philadelphia sports fans. Like its name suggests, 1100 Social offers a unique style of dining featuring hand-crafted cocktails and a variety of shareable plates.

We stopped by to check out the scene. Xfinity Live has been totally transformed by the addition of Social 1100.  With its beautiful outdoor space including a bar and fire pits, large parties can also enjoy ample indoor seating with reservations easily made via Opentable. Weekly hours can be found here. 

Executive Chef, Jason Cichonski and Chef de Cuisine, Jasper Alivia have joined forces for a menu combining the best of Mexican and Asian flavors. Cichonski was born in Northeast Philadelphia and grew up in Churchville, Bucks County, graduating from Council Rock High School. He studied culinary arts at the Restaurant School in University City at Walnut Hill College.

Chef Jason Cichonski is one of Philadelphia’s most exciting young, star chefs. His creative, boundary-pushing presentations at his highly respected Queen Village restaurant, Ela, have earned him accolades from press and public alike. Cichonski showcases his wide-range of skills with his down-to-earth bar, The Gaslight. He had the opportunity to display his incredible cooking skills on a national level as a contestant on the popular Bravo TV cooking competition, “Top Chef.”

To embrace the Mexican influence of the menu, we chose to start with the Spicy Margarita with el jimador blanco, fresh lime juice, chili pepper, agave nectar, and jalapeños. What could be better than a spicy hot margarita with hand-cut tortilla chips?! We loved the Salsa Rojo & Salsa Verde for some traditional Mexican flavors. If you like to go outside the box a bit, we’d suggest the Mariachi Dragon Club Guacamole with pork belly, corn, kimchi salsa, black truffle crema.

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Perfect for parties of 2-4  we tried a Tighten Mai Tai Party Bowl with white, coconut & dark rum, orange & pineapple juice, almond & cherry. This was definitely one of the better fish bowl drinks we’ve had and so much fun to share with your girlfriends or when you want to have a more exciting date night rather than splitting a bottle of wine. 

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We first tried the Korean Meatballs from 1100 Social at The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival. They were a definitely a favorite of the night with pickled ginger, fried garlic, and gochujang [Korean chili paste]. We had to get them again, these are a MUST order. We also loved the Chicken Dumplings with thai basil and sesame-peanut sauce. The Chorizo & Potato Empanadas are also very popular made with house ground Mexican chorizo sauteed with yukon gold potatoes and salsa roja . 

Of course you can’t do Mexican without tacos! We tried the South Philly Tacos with roasted pork carnitas, chile braised broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone. It was so great to have these traditional Philly flavors made into a super unique taco. Also very popular here are the Drunken Beef Tacos with aged cheddar, lettuce, kimchi and the Crispy Fish Tacos with tempura-battered black cod, pickled red cabbage, creamy chipotle sauce. 

More Asian flavors are brought to the menu through Rice Bowls. We tried the Sticky Rice Bowl topped with Salmon on-top of stir fried vegetables, sweet chili marinated tofu, and a fried egg.  We also tried the Bahn Cam which was super unique! These giant crispy Vietnamese dumplings are stuffed with pork carnitas over roasted red pepper salsa. 

And be sure not to miss Social Art, the newest event at 1100 Social  coming up on Thursday May 19th! A night filled with local artists, great live music, and delicious food and drinks. Check out incredible artwork and jewelry by local artists: Androckitis Art, Hovnation Creations, Seek One, and Sean Allen. Sip on tasty hand-crafted cocktails and enjoy live music by Troy Kaiser. Tickets on sale here for $11. Event includes 2 hours of passed hors d’oeuvres from 8-10pm. Plus – all artwork is available for sale!  Doors open at 7pm. Event is 8-11pm and is 21+.

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Also be sure to check out Social Saturdays this month featuring local acoustic acts!

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Cover photo and restaurant images via xfinitylive.com. We would like to thank Caitlin Nichols for allowing us to stop by to hear more about 1100 Social and try out some of their unique menu.

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