Hymie’s Deli of Merion, PA

I neglected to include Hymie’s in the ode to corned beef on rye I wrote in October. It wasn’t an intended slight. They just don’t figure significantly in my personal history with the sandwich. While they are one of the better known Jewish style delis in the Philadelphia region, at least among locals, I neverContinue reading “Hymie’s Deli of Merion, PA”

A New Addition to My Top Tier: Da Vinci’s

I believe it was in the comments beneath one of my recent cheesesteak posts that I addressed how many more steak shops I need to visit before I can put out a list of my favorites in the Philly region.  Based on which places routinely get cited as being among the best by the veryContinue reading “A New Addition to My Top Tier: Da Vinci’s”

Finally, Kosher Salami; and Another Cheesesteak

I can’t say whether the two are related in any way, but since around the time that Covid first hit the U.S., it’s been difficult to find kosher salami in supermarkets and other stores that used to stock it. I know this isn’t just a phenomenon of the Philadelphia area, where I live, because I’veContinue reading “Finally, Kosher Salami; and Another Cheesesteak”

Taking the Lincoln Highway to Joey’s Pizza

The Lincoln Highway, which was dedicated in 1913 and was the first cross-country road for automobiles in the United States, cuts a path through Philadelphia’s western suburbs, including parts of the storied Main Line. In the central Chester County town of Thorndale, and right on the Lincoln Highway, sits Joey’s Pizza. Its food is worthyContinue reading “Taking the Lincoln Highway to Joey’s Pizza”

Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant

The Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant  of Conshohocken, PA, would be the closest thing to the Philly region’s living embodiment of the sort of old-school Chinese restaurants that appear not to have changed since the 70s or 80s. But they are part of a disturbing trend of Chinese restaurants – at least in this area, butContinue reading “Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant”

Anna’s Sandwich Shop: Folsom, PA

Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs is a region of sandwich shops. I would doubt any other metropolitan area in the U.S. has as many family-owned deli’s, steak and hoagie shops and pizzerias that sell an array of long-roll sandwiches per capita. And among the suburban counties outside of Philly, my unscientific judgement is that DelawareContinue reading “Anna’s Sandwich Shop: Folsom, PA”

Where Have You Gone, Barry Sanders?: The Decline of Sports

I’ve decided to demonstrate what a curmudgeon I now am with this post. For years before I was fanatical about cheesesteaks, burgers and barbecue, the Philly pro teams and a handful of individual athletes were my driving passion. But I have a difficult time working up any intensity over who wins or loses at thisContinue reading “Where Have You Gone, Barry Sanders?: The Decline of Sports”