With Roundhouse Ron
Since writing my foodie reviews for “Out On The Town” Entertainment Guide & www.OOTOnline.com, my facebook page has been blowing up with requests for me to hit “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” over on Frankford Avenue, smack dab in the middle of Mayfair. So, I loaded up my truck with a few close friendz & we had a super Sunday Funday feast of culinary treats. Riding shotgun with me was “Lisa”, “Sharon” & “Anna Banana”, these 3 gurlz were so determined to show me a good time.
“Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” has been a true NE Philadelphia landmark, as they have been serving us since 1992. My boy “Gary”, along with his sister-in-law “Dee”, have made “Reale’s” a Philly family owned institution with very affordable drink specials & delectable food entrees, along with a fascinating list of local entertainment artists performing nightly. Almost every person I know has been to “Reale’s” at sum point in their life & always the common factor has been outstanding comments. So, this only left me one option & that was to get my crazy freakin azz over to “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” to see what all da hype was about.
First of all, I seriously luved the huge parking lot area just south of “Reale’s”, it gave hassle free parking a new meaning & it was so damn convenient. Entering this establishment rich in local history, I found myself very comfortable with a wide open floor plan design, tons of bar area seating along with very spacious dining table seating spread throughout 2 rooms. I must not forget to mention the huge dance floor & DJ booth that I know gets a workout on the weekends. I fell in lust with this place almost instantly, as my new local watering hole.
I was first greeted by a very friendly & energetic gurl by the name of “Sharlene” (she was my bartender for da evening). I could tell, just by the look in her eye that “Sharlene” knew every adult beverage I could throw at her to make me. So, I decided to go easy on my new bartender friend & just order my usual “Jack Daniels & Diet Coke”. My party possie for this delightful experience decided to treat me to a “Frozen Long Island Iced Tea” (a “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” secret family brew of various liquors). All I can say is “OMFG, this cocktail is so yummy, refreshing & tasty, I just can’t wait to go back & have a few more”. If you ever had a “Tully Nut” @ The #1 Tavern in North Wildwood, then you gotta try the “Frozen Long Island Iced Tea” @ “Reale’s”.
Taking over my attention was “Danielle” (my waitress for da evening). Don’t get shyt twisted people, she had my attention cause “Danielle” had da menus & I was kinda hungry. Not only was “Danielle” so freakin on point with her service, but she also was very helpful & knowledgeable with the menu items. I started off with a crock of “French Onion Soup” & as it arrived I could smell the freshly sliced onions sautéed in a tasteful bowl of seasoned onion broth, with a slice of saturated homemade bread all topped with a huge melted variety of cheeses oozing down the sides & baked onto the bowl. What a perfect start to my “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” foodie review.
Knowing that this full throttle foodie spot has a very special homemade “Cajun Cucumber Ranch Dressing” made by my gurl “Irene” (kitchen manager), I just had to get a house salad for this very reason. I am telling you, if you enjoy salads, please go to “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grill”, order any salad you like, but you have to get the “Cajun Cucumber Ranch Dressing”, so thick & creamy with a Cajun kick that will keep you wanting more. I will be back just for this amazing salad dressing. Good night “Irene”, you did it again ;-}
Since I had a craving for seafood, you know I just had to try the “Reale’s Hot N Spicy Shrimp” appetizer. What a perfect selection of large fresh butter flied shrimp sautéed in garlic & white wine topped off with their famous hot & spicy marinara sauce, I added a squirt of lemon along with the sliced Italian bread & I had a one way ticket to flavor town. I enjoyed this so much & well worth the very reasonable price point. Next thing I knew my “King Crab Legs” rolled out & just took my breath away with their size & freshness. You just have to order these crab legs with the fresh homemade “Garlic Knot Bread”, cause as you dip the knot bread into the special crab leg garlic vinegar butter sauce, you realize that this is a very special treat & the taste is phenomenal.
If quesadillas are your thing, “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” have a wide variety. The “Southwestern Quesadilla” was calling my name, so I just had to indulge in this combination of sliced grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, onions, green peppers, black olives all packed in a light & crispy wrap. The sides of salsa & sour cream just completed this magnificent dish. Another awesome choice is the “Reale’s Roast Beef Sandwich”, cause it is numerous thin slices of tender top round beef topped with provolone cheese on a super fresh Kaiser roll. Can I tell you, this sandwich was so freakin moist & cook to perfection, after dipping it into the side of au jus gravy, I could not believe the impact it made on my taste buds. All sandwiches come with a side of pickles & french fries.
“Reale’s” is also a great place to have a full course dinner meal, with a huge selection top quality of entrees. When the “Chicken Parmesan” approached me, it smelled & looked like a masterpiece worthy of a king. I am talking about several large pieces of fresh chicken breast, seasoned, coated & cooked, then baked with a blanket of mozzarella & parmesan cheeses. All of this was served with a good size portion of pasta linguine topped with basil & tomato sauce. This was the first time I ever seen a fresh lemon carved into a basket just to hold the grated parmesan cheese. What a very creative idea from the master chef.
I saved the best for last, yes, I am talking about “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” world famous fully nuclear wings. If you ever tasted these fresh tender pieces of chicken heaven, you know that having just one flavor is very difficult. Your selection of mild, medium, hot, suicide, honey hot, cajun, bbq, lemon, butter & garlic, oriental or garlic parmigiana, all taste freakin amazing. Make sure you check with your server, because “Reale’s” is always having specials on the wings. Every order comes with sliced celery, carrots & blue cheese.
As me & my entourage were finishing up our fantastic meal, I just had to sneak into the kitchen and see who was the creator of these outstanding & very tasteful dishes. When I hit the culinary workshop, it was a pleasant surprise to see my boy “Chef George” behind all of these extraordinary entrees. “Chef George” has been around the cuisine & restaurant market for many years & his vast experience shows with every taste of his fresh & homemade food items. When you go to “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” for dinner or bar munchies, please say “HI” to my boy “Chef George” in the kitchen.
If you enjoy a good game of cards, especially “Pinochle”, then you have to join “Reale’s Pinochle League”. Every Tuesday night from 7:30pm until whenever, my gurlz “Cindy” & “Dee” host this very fun card game event with a loser bracket, playoff rounds & prizes are always awarded.
The first Friday of every month, one of my favorite local musical groups (Stems & Seeds Band) play here for 3 sets of classic & modern rock with a Motown, funk, reggae & blues vibe. Here is a plan, get to “Reale’s” early, have a few cocktails, order a very appetizing dinner & enjoy this live show from a few of my close buds.
“Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille” has a perfectly sized banquet room available for all your private party needs. Let “Reale’s” cater your next party or event cause their buffet package prices are focking amazing, in fact, I think I may be having my next birthday party here in July. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. If you wanna reserve their banquet room, please hit up my gurl “Dee” @ 215.332.6374 or call her cell @ 609.320.9519
This place is off da charts with cold beer, stiff cocktails, awesome food, great entertainment, very efficient staff & many good times. To rate “Reale’s Sports Bar & Grill” would be ridiculous, because me & my party possie had a focking fabulous evening & we will all be back many more times. When you go, please make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you!!
Bring all of your friends & swing by “Reales Sports Bar & Grille”, 7233 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135, 215.332.6374, they can also be found on social media @ facebook, just go to: “Reales Sports Bar & Grille”. “If You Want Awesome Wingz, Cold Beer & Live Local Entertainment, Then Get Your Azz Over To Reales”