I have driven by The Pub in Pennsauken, NJ since as far back as I can remember, always wanting to try it, and for my 35th birthday a few friends who’d been there said “we’ll take you there”.
It was an experience. The restaurant, it’s current incarnation built in the 50’s with six huge fired ovens in the center of a LARGE dining room (almost like a medieval dining hall). It screams 50’s tacky and for that reason alone it was worth the trip.
But the food, well, it’s hearty, there’s a lot of it and it’s tasty. This is not haute cuisine. The prime rib is justifiably famous for it’s size, but I’ve tasted better. It came with Yorkshire Pudding which scores huge points with me and a delicious baked potato. Accompaniments were plentiful, including both plain and creamed/whipped horseradish.
A filet was butterflied upon request and was a healthy 12 oz, the bread on the table was tasty and the service was overly attentive (including a fantastic bloody mary from the bar).
The Pub is famous not only for it’s steaks and prime rib, but also for the salad bar.
Some accounts have it as the first restaurant in America to offer a salad bar. I must say I was disappointed in the salad bar. Not only were the offerings sparse (in my opinion) but the dressings stunk as well and the bar was unkempt. I’ve had better at Pizza Hut’s.
The staff heard it was my birthday and, in a nod to restaurants of days gone by, they brought out a full cake with a candle in it – complimentary. We had then box the cake and ordered the Peach Melba and Choc-Choc-Choc desserts (a brownie, w/ chocolate ice cream and hot fudge). The peach melba skimped on the ice cream a bit but the triple choc was out of this world. Just superb.
I will return to this legendary south Jersey haunt some time and recommend it for those looking for a blast from the past that still holds a candle to it’s former self.
7600 Kaighns Ave
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Phone: (856) 665-6440
Fax: (856) 486-2052