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Greetings everyone! No Labels here. It’s been a while since I’ve done a TFTS post so you are in for a special treat.
Note: This review is based on the actual location and food itself, not on the venue I was attending, which is the comedy show featuring Mick Foley.
A while back, I was invited by a fellow author and friend to attend a live comedy event featuring Mick Foley at the Helium. The event took place last night (Wednesday, June 18th). I will be doing a separate blog about the Mick Foley experience.
Location: The location was very easy to get to. I was traveling from NJ via Septa to the Market East Station. It is within walking distance from the train station. The only drawback was the temperature in Philadelphia (it had gotten to the low to upper nineties) so it may be a bit daunting to those who aren’t used to the humidity.
There was a vintage shop next to Helium, which reminded me of the Princeton Record Exchange. It sold LP’s, books, and the like. It was a cool way to kill some time until the doors opened for all of us to come in for the show.
Ambiance: The inside was like a trip down memory lane. Autographed items were in glasses cases that aligned the wall. The staff was pretty friendly and engaging, particularly the wait staff during the time of the event.
Drink: Although I didn’t have any alcohol, my friend had the Amaretto Sour. He was very pleased and deemed it was made properly and gave the right amount of buzz for his evening. I stuck to a soft drink, which was done well in terms of balance of syrup vs carbonation.
Meal: I ordered the classic panini with a small side of french fries. My friend had the barbecue chicken personal pizza. He and I split the Spinach and Artichoke dip and the mozzarella sticks.
The Classic Panini and French Fries were very filling for a main meal. The mozzarella was very fresh and the mix of the bread and the spices was pleasing to my taste buds. The french fries were well balanced in terms of salt content, texture (since I don’t like my fries very crunch at all), and amount.
I tasted some of my friend’s barbecue pizza and the sauce had a good pop of sweet and tangy. Chunks of chicken were very tender and not one ingredient overshadowed the rest.
The Spinach and Artichoke dip was very yummy. I do wish there had been more of it in the dish. The saltiness of the multi-colored chips (I’m a fan of the red and black) meshed well with the dip.
The same with the mozzarella sticks. Breading and mozzarella was proportionate yet not many came on the plate. I could have done with a couple more, since there was quite a bit of marinara sauce remaining after he and I made them disappear.
Pricing: Be prepared to spend a bit. There’s nothing on there (appetizer, course or desert wise) that is below $6.00. Alcohol beverages run from about $6.50 and up. Sodas, regular coffee, and tea is $3.00. Fiji bottled water is $4.00. At the events, it’s 2 selections per person.
Portioning: Although the sizing of the panini meal and chicken pizza was well done, for the other two selections, the cost and amount does not quite equate.
Despite that, my mouth was satisfied.
Tables and seating: In a usual setting, I’m sure the set up would have been fine. Given that the Mick Foley venue was sold out, it was important to get in as many people as possible. The drawback was that when my friend and I ordered our food and they brought it out, we had to be very creative in placement. The tables were not big enough to accompany our dishes and the dishes of the other two people we were sharing a table with. I consolidated one plate by putting the mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce on the same plate as the spinach and artichoke dip. Then, the smaller plate has to be positioned underneath the larger plate. The process had to be repeated for the other dishes as well. Also, after a while, the hardness of the chairs (since they don’t have any cushioning) can cause slight ache to the buns. Yet when your funny bone is tickled, the bottom burn doesn’t surface until the show is over.
So, does Helium Comedy Club deserve Fame or Shame?
Fame Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 Stars (based on the rating scale for Products and Services).