The phrase “They don’t make them like they used to” was pretty much invented for places like the Pub, the quirky Tudor-style restaurant that sits about five minutes from the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The employees are unionized. The steaks and chops are cooked indoors on charcoal (which is only legal because the restaurant was grandfathered in). There’s a big salad bar, with a peerless Caesar. They only take reservations for parties of 10 or more. And dinner for two—with charred steaks, baked potatoes, cocktails and a round of wine—will set you back less than $100. There’s a reason you’ll wait two hours for a table on a Saturday night. The Pub is a bona fide classic.
7600 Kaighns Avenue, Pennsauken
First appeared in the May, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.