Sunday Spotlight… POPE the Pub on Passyunk East.

We’ve been focusing on the Pope all week during Pope Francis’ visit, so we might as well run out the week by putting our spotlight on something that keeps that popey goodness alive!
POPE, AKA the Pub on Passyunk East, is a south Philly eating and drinking establishment. Here’s the low down.

pubWhere is POPE located?
1501 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia. At the corner of Passyunk and Dickinson. (Not far from Broad and Passyunk).

What are the hours of operation?
Open 7 days a week from 11 a.m.- 2 a.m.

What kind of beer selection is available?
A 14 line draft system with a changing selection as well as over 80 varieties of bottled beers from all over the world.

What kind of food is served?
Traditional pub fare with weekly specials and seasonal selections.

With a huge variety of lagers, pilsners and ales, and everything from Belgian style IPAs, to ciders and fruit fermented ales, it’s a beer drinkers dream.

With everything from chicken fingers and buffalo wings to meatloaf and vegan garlic mashed potatoes, there’s something for every person and palate. And with something called the Pope Burger on the menu (an 8 oz burger topped with cheddar cheese, fried tomato, grilled red onion, and basil mayo) you can see why it’s a perfect way to cap off our week of Pope talk with something a little light-hearted and tongue in cheek.

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You can get the current beer selection on the website here.
You can download their food menu (brunch and dinner) here.
You can visit their Facebook page here.

Best of Philly…Two Polls

Today we really need audience participation! We have two separate polls today with 10 questions in each. We want to hear from you on your favorite spots in and around Philly. If your selection isn’t listed, you can enter it in the “other” option and other people will get to select it too!!! Your selection may be in Philly or the surrounding burbs. So please, take the poll and share it with friends. Results will be shared with you on Saturday. Thanks a bunch. You’re our favorite reader!!!!
POLL 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TCV96L2
POLL 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XY8ZDSZ

We’re Going From Giving Thanks to Servers to Giving Thanks for Service.

waitstaff7We’d like to say a tremendous thank you to all of the servers and bartenders who allowed us to interview them, pick their brains, ask them questions, and who shared their best and worst moments in the food service/restaurant industry with us. To us, you provide an invaluable service, one which are happy to duly compensate you for. And since we know you probably don’t hear it often enough, thank you! Thank you for what you do to make our birthday dinners, girls nights out, business lunches, date nights, and a million other everyday adventures, a little better. If you’ve read any of our posts this week, or taken our polls, or looked at our photos, or visited us on one of our social media sites, please remember to show your gratitude to your favorite servers. 

flagTomorrow is Memorial Day and we hope that you will join us in honoring a different kind of service. We’ll be kicking off what promises to be a great summer here on One Unified. But first, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the true meaning of what has come to be known as the unofficial start to the summer.

And stay tuned to find out more about our upcoming new feature, the Sunday Spotlight.

Tipping the Scales…Take Today’s Fast Poll. (See what we did there?)

Photo courtesy of Nan Palmero and licensed under Creative Commons license. Details here.

Don’t Forget to Tip Your Sever: National Wait Staff Day is on the Way.

If you’re anything like us, you know how to make the most of any opportunity to get out for a meal or a drink. It may be a nice dinner out with family, a casual lunch date with friends, or a quick stop by your local bar for a glass of wine or a beer after a long day. Whether it’s a crowded diner, a hole in the wall pub, or a five-star restaurant, one thing remains the same, the service can make or break the experience! All this week we are talking to, and about, servers, bartenders, and people in the food service industry. Thursday, May 21st, is National Waiter and Waitress (Wait staff) Day. No, really. We wouldn’t make this up. So remember when you’re out this week to perhaps throw down an extra couple of bucks. Or simply say a heartfelt thank you for good service. And follow along as we talk to people in the business. Hint: they usually have pretty interesting stories!

server2HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A SERVER?
“20 years!”

DID YOU START OUT WITH THE INTENT OF DOING IT SHORT TERM LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE DO?
“Yes! I certainly didn’t want to do this my whole life.”

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO?
“Wanted to be an account like my dad.”

DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER BE OUT OF THIS BUSINESS?
“I hope so. I’d like to just play poker full-time, not just a couple of times a week like I do now.”

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST TIP YOU’VE EVER GOT?
“$200 on a $100 check.”

200%. NOT BAD. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STIFFED (NO TIP)?
“Yes many, many times.”

THAT CAN BE FRUSTRATING. HOW ABOUT PEOPLE ACTUALLY WALKING OUT ON THE WHOLE BILL WITHOUT PAYING? DID YOU EVER FOLLOW OR CHASE THEM IF YOU DID?
“I’ve had people run out on the bill. I would never chase them. It’s not my money. The restaurants I worked for can deal with that.

WORST TIPS?
“Every late night table I had (when I worked at) Outback Steakhouse in Jenkintown (PA). They were brutal.”

HAVE YOU EVER WAITED ON ANYONE FAMOUS? DID THEY TIP WELL?
Bradley Cooper. He comes to (the restaurant I work in) in Jenkintown. That’s where he is from. And yes he tips well!!

HE SEEMS LIKE HE WOULD TIP WELL. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE APPRECIATED BY YOUR CUSTOMERS? HOW ABOUT YOUR EMPLOYERS?
“For the most part no. But there are some really great customers. Management, not so much. In the end most don’t really care about their servers. There are exceptions. I’ve had good and bad managers.

server1AS A SERVER DO YOU WORK A LOT OF ODD HOURS (WEEKEND, LATE NIGHTS, HOLIDAYS) AND DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MISS OUT ON THINGS BECAUSE OF THAT?
“I absolutely work weekends and holidays, but that is where the money is at so you have to do it. I always miss out on things because of the weekend hours. I haven’t seen one of my sons tee ball games this spring.”

HAVE YOU EVER HAD SOMETHING WEIRD TURN UP IN SOMEONE’S FOOD?
“Hair, bugs, plastic, you name it and I’ve seen it people’s food.”

EVERYONE KNOWS THERE ARE SOME NOT SO GREAT SERVERS OUT THERE. WE’VE ALL HAD THEM. BUT SPEAKING FOR THE GOOD, WELL TRAINED SERVER, WHO ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT YOUR CUSTOMERS EXPERIENCE, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE WHO GO OUT TO EAT IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY?
“We get zero dollar pay checks, usually no benefits or vacation, and people still feel the need to tip like shit. Sorry for the language. If anything goes wrong when a diner is out to eat it’s the servers fault and that’s just not (usually) the case. Fifteen percent has been the standard tip forever but inflation goes up, things cost more and tips stay the same. I get the same tip on a fifty dollar check twenty years ago as I do now. I guess that’s part of the business!”

Food For Thought. A Week of Culinary Interviews Begins with Our Launch Party Winners and One More Giveaway!

Our giveaway party may be over, but our project keeps rolling on. Talking to people, asking questions, and collecting stories, is becoming a part of our everyday lives. The new website is just one small change in a process that for us seems to be ever evolving. It starts with a thought. A single stroke of inspiration; an idea, a word, a commercial on t.v., a holiday, a story on the news, the suggestion of a friend…”I wonder what people would think about that?” And a topic, a theme is born. Most people want to tell their stories. Most people want to be heard. And for most people, it’s human nature to want to listen. We’re betting on the idea that if we can get people talking, you’ll be willing to listen.
This past week we wanted to reward you for sticking with us through the move, or for checking in for the first time, or sharing us with a friend. And your responses were great. And today we have the winners of all of our giveaways! We’ll post these on our Facebook as well, and we’ll reach out with the contact information provided. And the winners are… The winner of the session with Reiki Master, Heather Olsen is… Melanie Musicant. The winner of the $200 photo session with SNAP Photography is… Lauren Kusznir. The winner of the $25 iTunes gift card is… Patricia Kunkle. The winner of the air duct and vent cleaning service (value at $145) is… Ashley Kolpak. The winner of the subscription to Philadelphia Magazine is… Caroline Conway. The winner of the personalized hand-stamped bracelet is… Beth Palmerchuck. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for visiting and entering! All of our winners were drawn by Rafflecopter and by Random dot org.

Please be sure to check out all of fabulous prize sponsors by clicking the SPONSORS link on our home page! This information will be on our Facebook page as well. All entrants have 48 hours from contact to claim their prize before an alternate winner is selected. And just because we can’t stop the party… We’re cooking up some great stuff for you this week. And speaking of cooking up stuff…. we’ve got still one more giveaway for you! Check it out: We’re giving away a copy of Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More.

roadfoodNow it’s in 9th edition, this very cool book is a must have guide to the most one-of-a-kind dining establishments from coast to coast. It’s got something for everyone from Maine to Monterey. And all you have to do to be entered to win this copy is to leave a comment below and tell us what’s your favorite kind of food and your favorite place to eat it! Stuck on seafood? Mad about Mexican? Let us know. And if you know of a great, little known spot anywhere across this great big country, let us know that too! The contest will stay open until we can’t take another bite… or Sunday at 6 p.m., whichever comes first. So, start commenting and good luck to you. We hope you’ll enjoy all we have to offer this week. So, let’s get cooking!