Chikie's & Pete's ... still a great sports bar!. At Chickie's & Pete's, expect crowds, especially on game days. Weekends and evenings can also be very crowded. so there may be a wait. Plan to arrive early. With these kind of crowds, why the negative reviews? This is a neighborhood crab house & sports bar, blue collar, not the Four Season's on the parkway. Yes Pete, it is a lot more fun to eat in a bar than to drink in a restaurant! Maybe you have to be a sports fan to enjoy it here. I agree that drink prices are a little high, but except for Wednesday, there are good beer specials every day. Chickie's & Pete's is located in the Boulevard Plaza so there is an abundance of free parking! The food is good and the staff is friendly. As for myself, I enjoy Chickie's and Pete's!
Not as good as the hype.
Chickies used to be good years ago, however I usually only go there for drinks now, The last few times I went there the crabs were cold and full of salt. I will say their Mussels in red are the best I ever had, I always get them, good to soak up the bread.
Then Menu is very limited to what you can get, The pizza is actually pretty good.
WATERED DOWN DRINKS. Been here numerous times . . . mostly with friend and a lot of beers . . . Then I was there but not in the mood for beer . . . ordered Martinis . . . then I watched carefully and what I saw made me unhappy! So I stopped ordering Martini's Cocktails and just ordered GG straight . . . what a difference! If it's a cocktail which has several blends watch because they SHORT YOU on the good stuff and full you with the mixer.
WORST. SERVICE. EVER..
Wow- really? what's with all the hype- I have been to all Chickie n Petes locations and asside from the occasional good service at Robbins...I always have terrible service!! The waitress takes your order about 20 minutes after you are seated (god forbid 1 person in your party is stuck at the light you need to wait for them to be seated..what a joke!), then NEVER returns! When eating thoes salty crab fries you need something to drink to wash it down...I sucked on an ice cube for a half an hour! the are complete idoits! I myself have been in the service industry and never stiff on the tip but it burns me to even tip the usual %- Stop throwing food onto my table and never returing until you wanna get paid!- I may sound disgruntled but I can assure you I am not the only one who has had this happend to them
Pros: nothing really
Servers: Anywhere But Here. As a former server I can say that you are right in your assumptions. There are 3 UNPAID days of training. The first day I was there they had me follow around "the best" server they had there. She pawned me on to her tables, and basically sat back and relaxed. After running around like an idiot, I received absolutely no tips or pay for working 10 hours. Let me say this again, the "training" is UNPAID. Then they charged me $50 for the uniform and $35 for shoes. I was racking up a tab, before I even saw any money from working! There are no people of color, as you say, and many of the staff in NE Philly make sure of it. The male servers act like they are gods and say the most disgusting sexual comments to the female servers. A bartender even grabbed my chest. If you were wondering why your server didn't give you any silverware or plates, its because management frowns on it. The kitchen manager that works Sunday mornings is something you have to see for yourself. He yells at everyone else for having "safety violations" and yet he doesn't wear a hat or gloves. He eats and picks at the food as it is made, and then serves it to you for dinner. The place has crabs and c-roacccches! I could not take any more of the abuse from this place, and so I got out.
worst service ever. The worst service I've ever had, I have been there 2 times and won't ever go back. the foods not great but ok. If you want to feel like the waiter is doing you a favor, this is the place to go. The bar-tender named Dave is the rudest ever he shouldn't work there if he does not know how to use the people skill, acts as if he's doing you a favor when serving. It's a shame when people aren't happy with their job and take it out on the patrons. This place needs a class on how to treat their guests.
Mediocre Seafood and Bad Service. I have been several times and each time was not a good experience. The food is nothing to talk about and the service is even worse. I am a person of color and not once have I seen another person serving, bartending or hosting and forget managing. I was there this past Saturday and to my surprise they had employed a person of color to work as the bathroom attendant. Is that all we are fit to do in this establishment? I have not been in the kitchen but maybe they have some in the back too. I also met someone of color who was visiting from the South and he was very angry because he could not get service at the bar. He felt like he was being discriminated against. My husband had mention to some of his friends that we would be going to C&P and the first thing they all said was that place is prejudice. My husband and I went with the kids when the restaurant was nearly empty and our waitress was awful. She did not check on us and she was slow not accomodating at all. Its obvious that the staff receives little or no traing on working with the public. I did visit the S. Philly location once and the service was not so bad there but the the NE philly location is on the top of my list of the worse places to go to. People save your money and buy your own fries, Old Bay and melt some american cheese. I recommend Dave and Busters better service, staff and more diverse all around. C&P management train your staff better and hore some people of color for jobs other than cook or bathroom attendant or you will be facing some class action lawsuits in the future.
Always a good time. Great place to hang out with friends. I enjoy the various crab dishes they offer. Nice selection of beers to wash down your meal. High energy atmosphere is perfect for watching the big game. Only problem is the crowds on the week ends. Get there early tp avoid the wait.
VERY OVER-RATED CRAB FRIES. Its really no more than a neighborhood-type, overcrowded (we had to wait for almost 45 minutes for a table) over-rated, beer-guzzler type of sports bar! In their defense, my older brother was here visiting from Miami and he loved it. He' s a major beer drinker/sports fan/likes loud sports bars/bachelor kinda guy. He ordered some humongous tall beer thing that comes to your table with a spout on it. Rediculous. If that's you or your type of scene, you'll love it. I personally am not looking forward to going back, unless of course, when my brother comes back to visit. The crab fries were disappointing. I don't know what I was expecting, but they sure weren't it. It was no more than fries sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning-hence the name. They taste better dipped in the cheese sauce, but then they are cheese fries right? I did like my king crab legs, but I don't know anyone who can mess those up, you just steam 'em.
Got Crabs?. I used to live in Philly and I don't go to Philly with out a trip to Chickie and Pete's. This is one of the best places I have ever eaten. I take everybody who I bring back to the old neighborhood to this place and I have never had 1 complaint. Crabs,mussels in red. -I drive 2hrs to eat there and drive back.Its that gooooood.
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