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Posted by A quest for the best on 01/09/2007
I had my first Schmitter at Citizens Bank Park and it's now a staple every game day. Then the Eagles got smart and put it in their lineup although I had to walk down 500 steps to get my fix. I was comforted to find the Schmitter waiting for me in Jacksonville a few years back (don't ask) and then one summer afternoon lo and behold there it was in the smallest little grill in the right field upper at Shea. With real Philly guys cooking. I thought it was following me. And was happy for the shadow. I now ask every ballpark I go if it's here. Plenty of blank stares but a few who know. But I had never made it to McNally's just like I had never been to Independence Hall to see the Liberty Bell. Until last week. I've been back twice since. This place is the ultimate mind's eye neighborhood bar, only better. No smoke, some kids, even a priest reading his Daily News. The waitress was not young but not gum smacking old either and she didn't call me hon. My Schmitter was the best I ever had, maybe the extra thick corduroy chips had something to do with that. McNally's has been in this same spot for 85 years. And it's no wonder why. This place should be designated a national treasure. Home of the Schmitter. And some other great eats as well. Only keep it a secret so the tourists have to earn it. Enjoy.
Posted by Donovan on 11/06/2006
I'd heard of this place 1000 times and always positively. Finally found myself there and I think I figured out their secret. This family truly enjoys what they do and their staff is on board with this attitude. It's warm, it's simple, it's almost perfect. This is a perfect blend of old and young, rich & poor, white & black & tan & yellow. All crowded in and enjoying the simple but delicious fare with a pint or two on the side. Sometimes you have to wait but it never seems long. Enjoy this gem when you can.
Posted by Phlex on 11/01/2006
Little pub in an old building in a historic part of the city, has good (if basic) pub food. The place is known for their schmitter (order it on the long roll and not kaiser) and their great soups. Also an ok place to hang out at the bar, pretty family friendly but the place is very very small so there is a always a wait. They do have pickled eggs at the bar. This is an upscale place for neighborhood pub and has worthwhile food that is a little pricey.