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Red Owl Tavern Restaurant Review: Ben Franklin certainly never dined at Red Owl Tavern at Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Philadelphia across from Independence Hall. But it's the kind of affordable and lively spot that someone as thrifty and social as our Mr. Franklin might have enjoyed. The soaring corner space in the circa 1907 Lafayette Building is at once rustic and industrial-chic, with touches of barn wood balancing exposed brick and Edison bulb-style fixtures. Executive chef Guillermo Tellez has fashioned a wide-ranging farm-to-table menu that covers the necessary bases with a few twists. The breakfast menu offers granola and yogurt, pancakes, omelets and other egg dishes, while lunch is mainly salads, burgers and sandwiches, perhaps house-made beef pastrami on griddled pizza dough bread. At dinner, there are mussels, steaks, pastas and other grilled meats, along with enticing specials, such as the smoky-sweet seared scallops on curried farro with golden raisins. A lamb shank with spicy tomato chutney over lentils is upscale comfort food at its finest. Home-style desserts --- a red velvet whoopie pie and pineapple upside-down cake --- round out the meal. At the bar, you can sip house cocktails like the Besito, a concoction of gin, tequila, Cointreau and Prosecco, or choose from a well-constructed list of wines and local, craft and imported beers.