PadPaddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub
150 South Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
Hours: 7 days a week 11AM-2AM
Philadelphia’s South Street is about as counter-cultural you will find in the metropolis. There’s no confusing it with Rittenhouse Square or Manayunk. Colorful, kitschy and crowded can all describe this thoroughfare. You will get an “eye full” and not from just looking in the store windows! Sit down restaurants, fast food and places to get a little snack abound, with shops for art supplies, wearing apparel, lending institutions, non-mainstream cinema and the like that make the atmosphere all very diverse and eclectic.
Where Headhouse Square and its cobblestone’s meet with South Street you will come across Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub. This is one of their three establishments in the city, the others being 2711 Comly Road and 9241 Roosevelt Boulevard. There has been a bit of construction in front of the South Street “Pub”, as the city is installing new sidewalks. However access is assured and once in you will find a spacious venue complete with booths and a large bar serving both sides of the substantial room.
This was your reviewer’s first visit, a business lunch with colleagues weary from a morning of looking at their computer screens. Taking a look at the menu will require a bit of time, as there are a substantial number of “starters” to reflect on. You might consider the Paddy Chips-which are French cut potatoes fried up nicely and enhanced with a spicy crab seasoning and a side of cheese. This will set you back about $3.99. Buffalo Bites, Potato Skins O Brien, Chicken Strips are among the 23 offerings. The stop price is $16.99 for 12 sliders, bite size burgers on mini buns, served with grilled onions, pickles, lettuce and tomato. Wings ($7.99-$39.99), four soups or chili ($4.99 each), 9 salads ($699-$9.99) 22 sandwich choices ($5.99-$8.99) and 8 Pub Favourites ($9.99-15.99) compete for your further attention. Our group passed on the starters, each choosing their own entrée.
Your review selected the Black Angus Burger with cheese and a soft drink. The tariff for this was $8.99 and it included Paddy Chips. There were approximately 14 draught beers and 15 bottled beers available. The rest of the crew ordered BLT sandwiches at $6.99 each that also came with the Paddy Chips. For whatever reason Paddy Whacks was not crowded on the sunny and warm day that we visited. Service was very courteous, but it seemed that it should have been faster considering our side of the shop wasn’t crowded. There was a larger group on the other side, and they may have kept the kitchen busy. My burger was well done as requested but it was what I describe as the typical size pre-formed version, good but not outstanding. I found the Paddy Chips a bit to “intense” for my palate with the seasoning. My co-workers had no issue with their meals, and one individual also felt the “chips” a bit over the top. That being said, I would rate this first visit as a 2.75 chews. In due course I think our crew will return to Paddy’s and we will sample some other items on the menu. I might be tempted with their Shepherds Pie offered at $9.99. It is an old world classic with lean ground beef sautéed with peas, carrots, onions and crowned with mashed potatoes and home made gravy.
Perchance if you indulge too much with either food, spirits or both then a walk along nearby Penn’s Landing may be in order.
Pop Pop’s Score: 2.7 Chews
Subjective rating: Okay..
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