For Pete’s Sake is a great South Philly local that’s an ideal spot for a quick bite, or a few pints. Ever since seeing patrons having a relaxed meal at their sidewalk tables during warmer weather, we knew that we had to check it out.
Located in the shadow of I-95 at Front and Christian Streets, For Pete’s Sake has a warm, comfortable atmosphere, a good beer selection and a menu that could be best described as “pub grub with a twist.”
Stumbling into the bar one frosty evening, Patti and I found a busy pub containing a 12 seat bar and 12 tables. We were immediately greeted by one of the staff that ushered us to an available table. Settling in, we commented on the attractively decorated room, that was actually enhanced by tasteful seasonal decoration, as apposed to the typical dollar store trappings.
Confronted by a sizable beer menu, Patti and I made our selections and moved on to the menu. The beer selection appears to be a point of pride and you can check out For Pete’s Sake beer list here . While the menu is of limited size, I think that it offers just enough standard bar food, plus a few unique items. A couple appetizers that I noticed were Escargot, Broccoli Rabe and “Mushrooms and Toast,” while the Chocolate Souffle dessert piqued my interest too. We chose the Mushrooms and Toast appetizer, with entrees including a Lamb Pasty and Fish ‘n Chips finishing with the Chocolate Bombe for desert.
We really enjoyed our meal. The Mushrooms and Toast appetizer was delicious, featuring mushrooms topped by a poached egg, supported by pieces of grilled flatbread and accompanied by a small side salad. According to Patti, my Lamb Pasty is really a pot pie; she’s a pasty snob since her mom is a pasty-makin’ fiend from way back. Whatever you call it, it was delicious – pieces of cubed lamb in a rich, flavorful gravy with the necessary veggies and enclosed in puff pastry. The Fish and Chips was equally satisfying, providing a large portion with a tasty crunch, without being overly oily. I think I used like half a bottle of Malt Vinegar on mine – yum. While flavorful, the Chocolate Bombe was a bit too heavy for me; it was chocolate cake enrobed in a thick layer of chocolate. Patti, being the chocolate nut that she is, liked it.
I’d like to point out that the service we received was excellent. With a modestly sized restaurant, it appeared that the two servers shared bartending and foodservice duties. Although this can be sometimes a recipe for disaster, especially with a full bar, we found our servers provided service that was timely and thoughtful.
So, if you’re looking for a good, casual meal and a few drinks, we think that you’ll enjoy For Pete’s Sake.
For Pete’s Sake
900 S. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147