Location: 4365 Main St. Philadelphia, PA 19127
By: John Shumate
When I first saw Jake’s, which happens to be right next to their supposed competitor, Cooper’s, I wasn’t very optimistic. Cooper’s, which stays open longer than Jake’s now, supposedly due to the current recession, was packed with patrons eating and drinking themselves to death, while watching the Flyers game. Jake’s on the other hand, just looked like a rundown-like, somewhat rustic house that’s in dire need to be modernized for today’s dining standards to draw more people in. Boy was I in for a surprise.
I was going in that night to not only meet up with a particular model and some other potential associates, but to see if what people have said about Jake’s was true: That their menu is highly overpriced, and the food wasn’t as good as Cooper’s. Instantly, I was taken back by the simplistic, yet elegant décor that was inside this establishment. The tables were very contemporary, with every piece of china and silverware in its proper place on tables covered with traditional white silk table cloth, yet the walls weren’t as bare or dull as I’ve seen in other mid-upper range establishments. Instead, the walls we’re full of paintings that some would say aren’t necessarily a fit with this restaurant, but its never in any way a hindrance that makes it look tacky.
After tasting the food that I ordered, which was a skirt steak with Bruschetta, I knew that what I’ve been hearing about Jake’s is nothing more than a bunch of lies. Though, I can see why some people may not like Jake’s. People nowadays are looking for more of an “at home” lounge feel to be incorporated into their dining experience and not feel necessarily “stuffy” or feel the need to be trusted up in a suit or gown, just to get a prime rib or t-bone steak.
I guess that it would be safe to say that even though Jake’s does give off that particular vibe, their cuisine, service/courtesy, amazing attention to culinary detail, and eye-appealing décor, makes this a spot that will eventually change the way people view high-end restaurants.