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Posted by cherrywood on 03/03/2013
Having driven past Snockeys for years, but a bit concerned about the reviews here, I finally decided to give it a try. Many of the negative comments on this site here are way off base! My Danish friend and I were in search of oysters I had promised him, so we sat at the raw bar. Yuengling Bock, a local IPA, several others on tap. We ate 3 dozen perfect oysters, then a dozen topnecks. Very helpful waitress gave us a 4-type 12-oyster sampler first, then I got a dozen Cape May Salts, my friend got 6 each blue points and Hog Islands. We also watched the shucking at the other end of the bar (two guys with 80 years experience between them). The bar is very convivial, the guy next to me turned out to be Philly hipster music legend Kenn Kweder and friend, and later a South Philly beauty joined us on the other side. That was 5 of 7 bar seats. Great discussion of infinity and the Maker’s Mark scandal. The oysters were fabulous, service first rate, company wonderful. We eventually decided to order dinner. Shad and lobsters were each good, generous portions, many side dishes. We had sadly overestimated our capacity for further seafood. I would give the place 5 stars. Them was perfect bivalves. So what’s wrong with Snockey’s? It is very much down home, and maybe some folks (looks like a lot with groupons?) don’t understand: no tablecloths? Maybe not a place for first date? Not a place for folks who like tablecloths. But if you look at the menu typeface, you know there are no tablecloths. Fishy smell? I didn’t detect it, but there was a lot of fish, mollusca and crustacea, so maybe I missed it. The owners are old, the floors are old, the walls are old, the raw bar is old and beautiful. The oysters are supremely fresh. South Philly is getting more and more ersatz intrusions, Makers Mark want to add water. This is the genuine article.
Posted by mmmmm on 01/06/2013
Hubby and I had a coupon to go here and read the reviews and frankly almost didn't go. It was Sat night and we were going downtown anyway and decided to use. As one reviewer said -- It is not a formal place - it has an oyster bar in front and about 15 tables in the back. White old fashioned tile floors, wooden tables, cloth napkins. I think there is a party room in the back. We were there early - 530 - Had 2 drinks - wine and rum and coke - $7 - great value. For dinner had oysters(it is an oyster bar!) - really good and fresh. Entrees we had were crab cakes and cajun shrimp - Hubby liked the crabcakes, I thought they were okay - more filler than I like, but good. Cajun shrimp were nice size and good - could have been more spicy, but tasty as is. Sides we got were fries, green beans, mac salad, and ?? - good portions and not bad at all. Emphasis is on the seafood - If I went again -- would order mussels or clams. Service was fine too -- waitress was pleasant and food was brought out timely. The place started filling up about 7. A suggestion I would make is to lower the entree prices a couple dollars or create some better sides - add baked potatoes, mac n cheese or rice. Not so much garlic on the green beans
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2012
i love it cause they have my favorite mussel here
Posted by Diana on 08/12/2012
We've eaten at Snocky's several times before but this time the food was inedible! My husband ordered crab cakes, they had so much old bay in them that you couldn't even taste the crab. He also got coleslaw, it wasn't even homemade, store bought. I ordered broiled flounder, broccoli and greenbeans. The flounder was in a pile and only the top piece was browned, the 3 below were plain and unseasoned borderline dry/overcooked. My vegetables were suppposed to be steamed, they were very hard and barely cooked. We told the waitress about how dissatisfied we were with our food. She brought the owner over whom we told that we were not happy with our food. He became very defensive and argued with us that his food was edible and good. We them asked for our bill so we could pay and leave. We will NEVER go back to Scocky's again!!
Posted by Disappointed Parent on 08/02/2012
I took my son to this restaurant and it use to have good service and good food. This was supposed to be a birthday luncheon. The waitress was sitting down and reading the paper and not serving the customers. The soda was flat and when I say flat I mean flat. The food was just okay. My son really wanted crabs so I tried this place - never, never again. Thumbs down for food, service and quality.
Posted by Bill on 12/31/2011
The place is a joke! We had our hopes up after presentation failed from behind the bar to the waitress who didn't order our food until a half hour after we sat down. Then We ordered drinks and they sat at the bar for 10 minutes before I got up and took them because the waitress was so slow in bringing them to table. Food was watered down or overcooked. Gordon Ramsey would have shut this place down!
Posted by MissCrystal on 12/30/2011
This place has good food don't get me wrong... But when I ordered 2lbs of the snow crabs all I got was 2lbs of old unfrozen not so fresh crabs. Might I add dripping with water, absolutely no taste. Then I get a shrimp salad to go only to find out when I got home it was a bowl full of lettuce topped with a small scoop of shrimp on top! Such.a waste. The place is cool just a little loud. Other than that they have a wide variety of selections that are well worth it. Steak, lobster tail, cajhon shrimp, are all good. Just avoid the snow crabs!