I am not exactly known for going out so driving past this place it was intimidating as it always appeared packed (full of people.. From breakfast til late night this place is buzzing with people.
But I was very pleasantly surprised by the comfortable atmosphere available, the great quality in food, and the excellent service by our bartender.
Atmosphere- Coming in from the main entrance on the corner of Philadelphia and Beaver streets, you walk into the main bar, also where the hosts will greet you if you wish to be seated for eating at a table or booth surrounding the bar much like a Chilis or Applebee's. There is also ample sitting area around the edges of the restaurant for outdoor enjoyment which they keep clear covers around in the colder months so you could still see outside while remaining warm. Then if you walk straight back from the previously mentioned main door, you will find the midsection of the restaurant which is all booths. Then turn left past the booths and you will find doors to the back room, bathrooms, and the smoking areas of the bar. It is difficult to miss if you have never been there. This is the actual bar part of the restaurant, it is also where you go to escape the loud cafeteria like ambience. This area has a jukebox which folks keep running non stop, a bar, and some couches in a more private section ideal for groups. I love that section although you should keep in mind eventually a singer set up a stage area right behind us and performed through the night. I did not mind at all.
The food- great quality, great taste, fair portion. Nice plating and overall appearance. A bit pricy as it matches up with an Applebee's bill minus the two sides and free refills. But it was fair enough and the quality of food and service in addition to the comfortable, laid back atmosphere ensured I would not leave feeling I was getting less than my money's worth. A sandwich will run you $8 with a bag of chips. $2 extra for fries instead of chips. Most mixed drinks are $4.50-$4.75. Beer pitcher specials as well(not sure of price).
Service- Our bartender was fantastic, courteous, attentive, professional. They let you order food at any bar and eat it anywhere. We ordered from our bartender and enjoyed our food on the couches. He even beat some of us to it and came out to grab our plates. What bartender do you expect that kind of service from? Also, we had a situation where one in our party was under 21 and apparently you are not allowed in that back area unless over 21, he handled the situation as gently, pleasant and professional as I could ever ask for. He could've ruined our night as we had just arrived and it was our first time there. He instead made it a great experience and lasting impression. Very appreciative.
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