Wings are King at Shadyside’s William Penn Tavern (Tues., 11/17/20)

A selection of popular items at the William Penn Tavern including chicken wings with kitchen sink sauce on the side, South Jersey cheese steak, chili, and french fries with cheese. (photo: Rick Handler)

A selection of popular items at the William Penn Tavern including chicken wings with kitchen sink sauce on the side, South Jersey cheese steak, chili, and french fries with cheese. (photo: Rick Handler)

The William Penn Tavern is a landmark restaurant and bar in Shadyside, serving the neighborhood for almost 20 years. Richard Rattner is the friendly owner of the establishment and named the place after his family’s venerable William Penn Hat & Gown clothing store, which was also located in Shadyside for many years. The bar and dining areas are chock-full of sports memorabilia and flat-screen TVs. The menu features their outstanding chicken wings which can be had with many of the standard wing sauce offerings and also their Kitchen Sink and General Ratt signature sauces. 

Sandwiches include a South Jersey cheese steak, 1/2 pound Angus burger, grilled chicken breast, andouille sausage, shrimp po’ boy, and The One That Got Away, a 10 oz. deep fried fish sandwich. A selection of salads, apps, soup, and chili are also available. The courteous and attentive staff features many longtime employees including Jason and a bartender with the nickname Bear. There’s a happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. and also daily food and drink specials. During warmer weather there is an outdoor bar in the back that gets quite lively at night. 739 Bellefonte St.