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Heavy Hitters “Philly & NYC”

November 4, 2009

NYvsPHL

Two of America’s classic culinary delicacies are: the Philly Cheesesteak and the New York Pizza.  The immortal dishes are two of America’s, most requested dishes. Ironically the cities, that they embody, are battling each other in the MLB World Series.  Regardless of which city is victorious in the World Series, the Philly Cheesesteak and New York Pizza shouldn’t be slandered, because of the cities heated baseball duel.  The grimy pulverized Philly Cheesesteak and the baked to perfection New York Pizza are American icons, with rich histories.

The historic delicacies are even requested as hybrids, hint: the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza and the Pizza Cheesesteak.  Although the headline may suggest that this post depicts an epic culinary battle, this post is an acknowledgement of two traditional American delicacies.  Prior to engaging in a conversation about the World Series at your local supermarket, barbershop or neighborhood YMCA, consider excluding the classic Philly Cheesesteak and New York Pizza from the conversation.

Tony Luke’s Frozen Delicacy

October 28, 2009

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Tony Luke’s, the grimy South Philly sandwich stand, has come out with a frozen, microwavable version of its cheesesteaks.  Supermarket boxes that include two frozen versions of Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks were introduced in late April 2009.  If your first reaction is anything like mine, your brain is pondering sickening thoughts of the idea of such a lame imitation of a classic cheesesteak.  Can you believe that Tony Luke sold out to America’s capitalistic commercial society?  I have yet to try the rendition of Tony Luke’s cheesesteak, but the idea of eating a soggy, tasteless microwavable cheesesteak isn’t a craving that my taste buds typically demand.  Generically critics aren’t supposed to knock an idea before they try it, but if I desired frozen processed meat, I would eat Maury’s steak-umms.  For viewers that think I am too critical on Tony Luke’s frozen delicacy, I encourage you to try the frozen cheesesteak and post your reaction on the blog.  Tony Luke’s frozen cheesesteak enthusiasts can find the frozen delight and its roast pork and chicken cheesesteak counterparts, at supermarkets near you for a suggested price of $6.99.

Rick’s Steaks: King of the..Food Court?!

October 23, 2009

King of Steaks?? That’s what Rick is trying to claim, but on the looks of location, I think not.  I guess being born and raised into the ‘steak making business would give you the honor of claiming the title “King of Steaks.”  After assuming the role of his late Grandfather, Pat Oliveri, Rick continued the awesome legacy and opened up a second cheesesteak grille.  From 1982 to 2008, Rick’s Original Philly Steaks resided at the oh so popular Reading Terminal Market.  After their lease had expired, Rick made the big move to the West side of Broad Street.  This past June, Rick’s Steaks made it’s debut at 200 South Broad Street, downstairs of the Bellevue on Broad and Walnut.

Well, once I discovered this tid-bit of information, I checked out Rick’s newly vamped website.  I’ll let you judge for yourself based on the pictures provided:

Rick's Steaks' Website

Rick's Steaks' Website

Rick's Steaks' Website

Looks like an AWESOME cheesesteak place right?!  It incorporates everything a “King of Steaks” kind of place should have… flashing lights, cool photos, appealing colors, a great layout.

And now I will show you what we found once we pranced down the steps to the bottom level of the Bellevue…

Rick's Steaks

Rick's Steaks

Rick's Steaks

Rick's Steaks

OK, I thought we were on the same page.  Keywords: Food Court. Dinginess. Dull. Uneventful. BORING.

I was so disappointed to have witnessed where the “King of Steaks” resides… in the corner of a downstairs food court.  Not up-to-par with the infamous Pat’s, Gino’s, or Tony Lukes, etc.  Like the cheesesteak I wrestled with, it was lacking flair, energy, tradition and atmosphere.  SUCH A LET DOWN, RICK! I know you have it in ‘ya… but seriously, what were you thinking?!?  A place ABOVE the street might have been a little bit more appealing and authentic… wouldn’t you’d rather wait outside in the cold for a steaming hot, melting cheese covered delish’ cheesesteak, than eat one in a lonely, drab food court nestled in the bottom of a building?!

The BEST Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak Anywhere

October 8, 2009

Ed’s in University City (www.edswings.com) is one of many pizza places in West Philly competing for the business of several thousand college students with the munchies. What sets them apart is their menu diversity, consistency, and especially their rendition of the Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak.

Ed's Cheesesteak

The wing sauce is perfectly spicy, and the bleu cheese is not off white colored salad dressing, it’s real. The preparation of the chicken is key. Many chicken cheesesteaks in Philly contain large chunks of chicken breast. The self proclaimed originator of the chicken cheesesteak,
Ishkabibbles on South Street, is a prime example. At Ed’s what you get is a finely chopped chicken breast that mixes in perfectly with the the hot sauce and bleu cheese.

The roll is your basic Amoroso, but toasted to ensure no soggy bread by the time you’re finished. The staff will gladly put any steak on a pita and the menu has a whole separate section devoted to middle eastern cuisine including tabouli, kabobs, baba ghaouj, falafel, and house made hummus.

If you’re in University City, and want some cheesesteak variation that is executed with perfection, Ed’s will definitely impress the connoisseur and tourist alike.

Ed’s Buffalo Wings and Pizza – 3513 Lancaster Avenue