Chef Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal of the Feliz restaurants have veered away from Mexican for their fourth bar/restaurant, Beast & Ale (4161 Main St. in Manayunk; 267-437-3936), down the street from Taqueria Feliz.
The name is a play on "Beef & Ale," and the concept is billed as "updated greasy spoon." Seating is on three levels (a bar on street level, a mezzanine, and a second floor looking out on Main Street), and includes a 28-seat deck off the second floor.
Centerpiece of the menu (from Spinner and chef Matthew Savastano, the former sous chef at La Calaca Feliz) is the Beast Burger, a double patty. Menu is heavier on the snacks (dips/spreads, salads, loaded fries, fried green beans) than full-blown mains. In fact, there are but three: fried chicken, a fish of the day, and what they call steak poupard (seared sirloin flank steak, caramelized onion potato hash, fried egg, and hot sauce).