Downey's Irish Pub & Restaurant

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526 South Front Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Downey's Irish Pub & Restaurant Philadelphia Reviews

kevinhongkong kevinhon…
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Downey's - great seafood in Philly. Jun 28, 2011
I stumbled upon Downey’s after exploring Society Hill and specifically Headhouse Square. It is an easy walk from there. It is also an easy walk from the Seaport Museum (Penn’s Landing). Downey’s is located at the corner of South and Front Streets.

I hesitated at first because I usually don’t like sterile pseudo Irish pub places. But I gave the menu a look and the choices of seafood seemed much better than much of Philadelphia (come on’ people – how many crab cakes can you eat!). The tables by the large open-air windows at street level also seemed appealing on a nice sunny day. They also have second floor seats with nice views, but I think that is closed if they are not so busy…. anyway, passing Philadelphians gave me plenty of entertainment.

I was tempted by some items that I never had before. I love crab and sampled the appetizers of crab fried wontons and crab quesadillas, along with a sampling of the seafood platter. All were very good. I especially like the crab wonton - - these were high quality, with much high quality fresh crab meat stuffed in each wonton. The seafood sampler was great – very fresh and very tasty – with lots of filleted crab meat to gorge on. However, I must say that I went back my last night in Philly to Downey’s (as the first time was my best meal during my June travel including NYC) and the sampler was both smaller and less fresh. But, the wontons were still of high quality. So, I cannot be as super-positive as I would have been after my first visit.

Besides the food, the setting is very good. For me, what I liked most is that this seemed to be a LOCAL place – with few tourists around on both visits. In fact, some of the locals there liked to make fun of tourists on the tour buses going by – with their sardonic waves and “hi tourists!” :P Luckily, I must of blended in and was saved such treatment. :)

After eating, I recommend walking down South Street (away from seaport/river area). It is also a very local neighborhood and is quite funky and a bit artsy. I am sure it is very lively when the University students are in town (it was summer vacation when I was there). You can walk South Street all the way through the center of the city and hook up north to your hotel very easily.

Overall, Downey’s had the best and most unique selection of seafood that I saw in Philly. It was quite tasty – it is only the second trip back that keeps me from being full out gushing about them. Still, I’d walk across all of Philly for their crab fried wontons! :P
Seafood sampler - afraid photo doe…
Location - corner of Front and Sou…
Downey's from opposite corner.
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