I feel like I have done myself a terrible disservice. Â I have lived near the Philadelphia Tavern for years and always avoided it. Â I've heard it was full of smoke, and dirty and generally full of rowdy Eagles fans. Â (I don't mean that disrespectfully, it's just a well know fact that Philly fans in general are um, passionate.. yes, passionate about their teams.)
I met my parents for dinner here last night, it was $.50 wing night and my step mother loves her some wings. Â I have to admit, I was thrilled with them! Â They were hot, crispy, saucy and all around wonderful! Â We ordered the mild, which had plenty of buffalo flavor but didn't hurt my dad's weak taste buds, the old bay, which are my step mothers favorite, and BB-Q, which are an all around crowd pleaser. Â My dad ordered a salad, which was fresh and crispy; we also split the crab dip... yum!
It was remarkably clean, the baseboards and floor were very well kept. Â I am a stickler for that. Â In all fairness, I never made it into their restrooms so I can't judge that, but I was impressed at the overall cleanliness of the place. Â No smoke smell either, which is always nice.
The server, whose name I can't remember was great. Â She was quick to refill drinks, take our order, and she was nice to chat with,
Overall, I can assure you I will be back here. Â I am actually pretty sad it's taken me so long to stop in.
My husband and I tried out this small historic looking tavern in Manassas to compare their cheesesteaks to those in Philly. Â My husband is a Philly native so he is very particular and usually won't eat a cheesesteak outside of Philly. Â The staff was very nice and the cheesesteaks were very good! Â My husband got his with onions and provolone and I got it with the whiz as well as marinara (trying to replicate Pat's "pizza wit" steak). Â The bread was great, the quality you expect for a Philly cheesesteak (the menu says they get their bread from the Philly Amoroso bakery). Â The meat was tender and not grisly at all which can sometimes occur at places like Geno's in Philly (Geno's is touristy anyway). Â The only issue with mine was the cheese whiz was layered on the open side rather than mixed into the steak which I thought was odd, but I just took my fork and mixed it in before eating. Â That just is an untraditional way to serve it. Â Of course, eating it inside a restaurant at a table isn't tradition either, usually at Pat's we'd be standing up eating it at a counter. Â My husband got a Philly microbrew beer that he enjoyed (Yards brewery). Â The atmosphere was quaint, it had a few Philly items, but certainly wasn't overwhelming with Philly stuff. Â There was a Rocky poster and an Eagles light but no Phillies, Flyers, or Sixers decorations that we saw. Â It isn't a sports bar but does have a couple of TVs. Â Overall an enjoyable experience and cheesesteaks were Philly quality.Review Source: