Old-School Cantonese Hiding in Plain Sight

I’ve written about the dearth of quality old-school Chinese restaurants that specialize in Americanized Cantonese cuisine around the Philadelphia region a few times. It turns out I had been overlooking one that’s been in plain sight for years.  China Garden Inn of Willow Grove, which is north of Philly, in Montgomery County, has probably beenContinue reading “Old-School Cantonese Hiding in Plain Sight”

Back to South Philly – This Time for An Old Standby

After my memorable visit to South Philadelphia’s Angelo’s Pizzeria to try their cheesesteak and pizza earlier this week, I had long-standing plans to meet up with two friends and former colleagues Friday for lunch at another well-known South Philly establishment. Kamala and Helene have been with me for a few of the meals I’ve reportedContinue reading “Back to South Philly – This Time for An Old Standby”

Belated Visit to a Vaunted South Philly Standout

As was the case for my visit to Curly’s in March, there had been a huge amount of anticipation building up within me for almost as long as I’ve been blogging about cheesesteaks to try the steak – and pizza – at Angelo’s Pizzeria in South Philly. Their reputation is at a lofty level thatContinue reading “Belated Visit to a Vaunted South Philly Standout”

Manayunk’s The Rook

Manayunk is one of Philadelphia’s more interesting neighborhoods. It’s main drag – conveniently called Main Street – is home to an array of shops and restaurants, while its side streets are lined with old houses, extremely narrow and, in some cases, on small, but steep hills. While I’m by no means anti-Manayunk, for whatever reasons,Continue reading “Manayunk’s The Rook”

Late Addition to My Steak List – with Pizza to Boot

There are probably hundreds of cheesesteaks available in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. I have never had any intention of attempting to try anywhere near all of them. After casting a wider net during the early months of this project, in the interest of saving time and calories, I’ve limited myself to visiting shops thatContinue reading “Late Addition to My Steak List – with Pizza to Boot”

Plan B Turns Up Gold Once Again

I mentioned at the end of my Seinfeld post that I had something special planned for this week’s cheesesteak outing, but that it wasn’t guaranteed to pan out. It didn’t – but not for the reason I had feared. As luck would have it, the friend I was supposed to go with had to postpone,Continue reading “Plan B Turns Up Gold Once Again”

Behold: The Cheeseburger Hoagie

I have what I hope will be a significant cheesesteak outing planned for this weekend. But in the meantime, the thought of another long-roll sandwich that I haven’t had in quite a few years lodged itself in the part of my brain that focuses on food – which admittedly doesn’t leave much room for otherContinue reading “Behold: The Cheeseburger Hoagie”

Passing the Milkshake Torch

There are certain life events that are extremely unimportant in the big scheme of things, but which stand out in one’s memory.  I still vividly remember the day in 1980 that a new color TV was delivered to my family’s home to replace the one that had stopped working months earlier; that one having beenContinue reading “Passing the Milkshake Torch”

Returning to the Reading Terminal Market

It’s almost beyond the point of debate that the Reading Terminal Market – a.k.a. The Terminal – is Philadelphia’s most iconic food-related institution. The two indoor markets that eventually evolved into The Terminal were founded in 1859. For as long as I can remember, it’s been a combination farmers market and atmospheric food-court. It’s alsoContinue reading “Returning to the Reading Terminal Market”