RESTAURANT: Sona Pub & Kitchen
WHERE IN PHILLY: Manayunk
PRICE: $30 and under
Now, I know myself well enough to say that I was a step above hangry when I walked into this place, so take that into account. I had been there before for a couple beers and enjoyed the pub feel. Sona has 32 local and international beers on tap giving you plenty of options even if you’re not a hardcore beer fan. The bartender was attentive and friendly, all the qualities you’d hope they would have. After that experience I had high expectations for the food if I ever came back.
My second time at Sona was last weekend with a group of about 8 people. I came a little later so everyone had already ordered and were packing on the drinks. Our server didn’t notice when I had slid into the table, but eventually got me a menu. Their menu had a good amount of different choices, from short rib sliders to strip steak. Enough options for whatever you might be in the mood for!
After searching through, I decided to try their drunken wings with our server agreeing that they were great. I eat wings a little too often so I wanted to try a different sauce, but one that still had the spice level of buffalo wings. He mentioned that Sona had their own sauce that was at the level of a hot barbecue sauce and I was pretty much sold. For a side, my friend was craving fries so we decided to order a side of their truffle Parmesan fries to share.
When the server came by with our food I could’ve cried tears of joy or snatched it out of his hands, but I have some self control. The wings and fries looked great, but were lacking. I like my wings with as much sauce as you might want on a rack of ribs. I’m okay with drowning in a some sauce and if you’re the same I’d suggest asking for extra. As a person who enjoys spicier food, I wouldn’t recommend the Sona sauce only because it was borderline plain. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t for me! I felt the same about the fries that we had. I expected them to be covered in garlic and all the works, but they were just your regular batch with Parmesan sprinkled here and there.
Overall, it wasn’t off the wall for my tastebuds or absolutely terrible. If you come across Sona I’d say try it out for yourself! There’s different seating areas that make you feel separated from what might be going on around the bar and TVs going if you want to keep up with the score of a game. If you like to go out and want to try somewhere new, on Thursdays there’s penny drinks from 10pm-12am! Yes the catch is that there’s a $10 cover, but worth it nonetheless. There’s also 50 cent wings nights on Mondays for any wing lovers!
Comment below if you’ve been to Sona or with PLAIN or SAUCY for how you like your wings!