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May 1, 2009 07:53 AM

Royal Tavern - S. Philly

A couple questions about the Royal Tavern in S. Philly. My wife and I are going to the Phils game tonight and we wanted to stop at the Royal Tavern before the game. We unfortunately have to drive; so how difficult will it be to find a spot down there around 4:45 – 5:00? And, how crowded will it be around that time on a Friday night?

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  1. There may be a bit of happy hour crowd, but I think you'll be ok with just the 2 of you. The food can take some time, so you may want to ask the server the timeframe of your order. Have some fries with malt vinegar mayo for me!

    1. FYI, the Royal just won some kind of award on Food Network for their burger, so it may be more crowded than usual.

      1. Parking should be fine around that time. It can get a little dicey later on.

        1. Make sure that you pick a few tunes from the Jukebox - best in town. Personal favorite - Teenage Kicks by the Undertones - "3 minutes of perfection" as the late John Peel said.

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          1. re: FriskLamb

            Nice! Problem though, with good jukeboxes; they keep me in the place longer than I would normally; you know, waiting for those 3 songs you picked out like an hour ago.....I'm on a schedule tonight! Looking forward to this place, I've been wanting to try it for a while.

          2. just go eat at the stadium...Citizen Bank has better food than most stadiums in the country...leave the royal for a week day night without the crowds

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            1. re: BeerFreak

              While I agree that the food is better at CBP than most stadiums, I'd much rather spend a couple hours at the Royal Tavern than eat overpriced, second-rate cheesesteaks, Schmitters, etc. I go to about 20 games a year so the novelty of having good food at the ballpark has long-since worn off. I hear what you are saying though.....I hope you don't take offense.

              1. re: G Goo

                Have you tried Rich Friedman's (i think thats his name) food at Harry the K's...he used to run the kitchen at the Sidecar, 21st and Christian) he makes his own sausage and other great stuff at Harry the K's....if you haven't gone.....go

                1. re: BeerFreak

                  When did he leave Sidecar? Ate at Sidecar a couple time last year and thought it was awesome. Live in the 'burbs so we don't get there too often.

                  1. re: Rondo

                    since last June I'd say. it was mid season at CBP when he took over Harry the K's.

                  2. re: BeerFreak

                    Where is Harry the K's - not the one at the stadium - I hope