I had some time off this week, so I decided to check out some of the local eateries in Chester along Route 291 (2nd Street) on the way to PPL Park from the Ridley Park exit. I had often drive by these places and wondered what they were like or if they offered alternatives to what was available at PPL Park for game day snacks or meals. Patronizing these businesses also has the added bonus of supporting the local economy in Chester. Two of the businesses featured here have been around for over sixty years. Here is a description of what I found; of course, hours, menus and prices are subject to change.
OB’s Jamaican Restaurant
OB’s is located at the corner of 2nd Street and Lloyd Street in Chester across from the entrance to the River Bridge Industrial Center (p: 610 874-4530). It offers take out and dine in options for their Jamaican fare. They also serve breakfast. They are open until 9:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
OB’s serves a variety of traditional Caribbean dishes, including soups, steamed and fried fish, curried shrimp, jerk chicken, curried chicken and goat, oxtail, and pepper steak. Plantains, rice and beans, cabbage, meat and chicken patties and other items are available as sides, as are a variety of sodas. Meals come with rice and beans or plain rice and cabbage. Soups and fish meals come in two sizes; chicken and meat meals come in three sizes. Prices for meals range between $7.00 and $14.00. Sides range from $1.50 and $4.00. OB’s also serves southern or soul food style dinner platters, including chicken wings, whiting, catfish and red snapper with sides of macaroni and cheese, collard greens, yams, potato salad, and slaw. These platters come with two sides and range between $9.00 and $15.00.
I tried the meat patty ($1.50) and the small jerk chicken platter ($7.00). I got the jerk chicken with beans and rice and cabbage. The chicken was sectioned dark meat on the bone. Although it fit into a small Styrofoam container, the small chicken meal was a plate full and then some. I ordered the chicken mild, but it was still pretty spicy, which seems normal for jerk. It was very good, but I couldn’t finish it all at once because of the heat. I actually really enjoyed the beans and rice and cabbage. These are simple dishes but sometimes can be bland if not prepared well. I would order the platter again, but it was kind of messy for me for takeout. I could definitely see myself getting a couple of the meat patties and order of plantains on my way to PPL Park. I loved the meat patty. The soft meat filling was flavorful without being overly spicy and was surrounded by a flaky pastry crust. It makes a great, convenient quick meal.
OB's Jamaican Restaurant
Jerk chicken on the way
The interior of OB's Jamaican Restaurant
Stacky’s Hoagies & Steaks
Stacky’s has been around since 1940, which means it’s been in Chester since the time my Dad worked at Sun Ship prior to being drafted. It is located at 225 Concord Avenue (p: 610 874-6430, f: 610 874-5300). It’s set back about a ½ block off Route 291, so you might miss it. Hours are Monday through Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-3. They serve a breakfast menu from ten to noon. The shop had a steady stream of customers, apparently local workers, while I was there.
Stacky’s offers a comprehensive selection of hoagies, steaks, burgers and hot sandwiches. They also have daily specials, salads, soups and sides (fries and chicken fingers). Sodas and chips are also available. A copy of the menu is here and here. They have some unique sounding sandwiches – a “dogpound” (cheese steak with hot sausage), a “catpound” (chicken cheese steak with hot sausage), and a Nigerian Hoagie (roast beef, beef salami, turkey, American and provolone cheese).
I tried a mini Italian hoagie (ham, salami, capicola, provolone) ($5.00). The sandwich was tasty but pretty average. It was still a good value for the size, which was larger than expected for a sandwich described as “mini.” The restaurant was clean, and the service was friendly. Overall, the experience was positive, and I would definitely come back to sample some of the other items.
Stacky's Hoagies & Steaks
May’s Water Ice & Luncheonette
The final stop was May’s Water Ice & Luncheonette. May’s is located at the corner of 2nd Street and Parker Street and has been around since 1947. Hours are seven days a week until 6 pm, with possibly shorter hours on weekends. They are open year round, but hours may vary with the weather. Water ice is available in a limited number of flavors in five sizes. They also serve ice cream. Hot dogs and meatball sandwiches were also available when I was there.
I especially liked the range of sizes offered in the water ice. The smallest size starts at $1.00. The smaller sizes are great for kids or if you are watching what you eat or want to sample different flavors. May’s is a nice place to stop for a treat and or to pick up a lottery ticket to win the cash to get that suite or field level seats at PPL Park you have your eyes on.
I also noticed that about a block south on Route 291 from May’s was Ginn’s bar, which advertises crabs and ribs. That operation wasn’t open when I drove by, but I think it bears investigation in the future.
If anyone has any other local favorites in Chester or has additional information about these locations, please feel free to leave a comment.
May's Water Ice and Luncheonette