If you’ve traveled Route 73 through Maple Shade, NJ you’ve seen the sign for Jay’s Elbow Room. I have been to Jay’s on many occasions, none in the past 10 years or so. I returned to Jay’s after a day out golfing, specifically to continue my dive bar tour. I seated myself and a waitress immediately came over to tend to me. After my order was placed, cheese fries and Hot & Honey Wings, I drank in the ambiance. Dark, smoked stained ceiling tiles,and a bit of a smell of last nights beer, Jay’s looked and felt exactly the same as the last time I visited.
Order arrived in about 10 minutes. My friendly waitress checked back on me often, the service comes in at a 5, at least during the lunch hour. 6 Wings served double bowled for the dead soldiers. Sided with bleu cheese dressing. Wings were naked, well sauced with a nice pool at the bottom. Hot, wasn’t all that hot. The hot and honey coming in on my hot meter at about a 2.5. Wings were cooked through, some a bit dry on the ends, also not very meaty. Their menu says “famous wings” I’m curious if the famous ones come out at night. Cheese fries topped with melted white American were crisp and tasty. Above average fries that did leave me with the good impression of wishing I ordered a large. Along with 2 craft bottled beers bill came in around $21.00.
Jay’s Elbow Room, long standing bar that delivers on the dive feel. Food was okay. But I imagine late at night after a few beers the food would be very good. Rating for dive appeal 5.