I have a week of activity lined up.
Saturday I will be heading to the
BLUE OX BISTRO in FOX CHASE for their OKTOBERFEST which spans the weekend from Fri night to Sunday. And Septa's R8 will even take us there. If you'd like to ride the train up with me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I plan to arrive there at 1 on sat. afternoon.
The Blue Ox will be pouring Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Paulaner, Sly Fox (helles and oktoberfest) and more. Live music by Well Strung on Friday evening, and The Celtic Connection on Saturday.
German Fare will include:
*knockwurst and bratwurst,
* potato salad and
* bratwurst wrapped in Bavarian pretzel dough
Last week I headed to Fox Chase to meet with Phil Macgee, one of the two brothers that are running the current day Blue OX. They took it over about a year and a half ago.
At first, they had changed the menu to mostly American Fare. But after a partner left, Phil saw a great opportunity to being back the German Cuisine that built up a reputation for the Blue Ox for years prior. At first they started serving German Fare on Sundays. The guests applauded and encouraged them to go full-time. So they did. The prices are reasonable, and the food was delightful. Having worked for Walter Staib for two years, I have the softest of spots for spaetzle. And I could never consume enough bratwurst.
The Blue Ox has a lot of Character. Stained glass pictures, a grandfather rack, rooms off of rooms, and employees that have worked there over two decades.
Its actually where Memphis Taproom's "Spanky" got his start.
They have live music often on the weekends. They have almost all craft on draft. They hope to eventually take off mainstreams like Stella. But they can't just yet.
They will even be raffling of an Authentic OKTOBERFEST table at the end of the month.