Going Wrapless: A Barbecue Experiment

I learned to barbecue initially by watching videos on YouTube. After viewing enough of them, I had a good idea of what the consensus methods were for smoking various cuts of meat, be it on the charcoal kettle grill I initially used or the Weber Smokey Mountain I’ve had for the past half-dozen or soContinue reading “Going Wrapless: A Barbecue Experiment”

Jollibee: Filipino Fast Food Sensation Comes to Philly

I somehow missed the local media and online buzz when Jollibee opened its first Philadelphia outlet. Fortunately for me, my friend Paul didn’t and texted photos of his food to me as he was making his way through much of their menu. One item in particular, which I’ll address below, stuck out and was theContinue reading “Jollibee: Filipino Fast Food Sensation Comes to Philly”

Bringing Variety Back To My Diet

I started a new list of restaurants to try and blog about a few nights ago, and it actually felt liberating. For the past year, I’ve been almost constantly on the lookout for my next cheesesteak, which led me to bypass lots of other foods that I like. While I enjoyed the process very muchContinue reading “Bringing Variety Back To My Diet”

A Burger & Shake Day

During the last few years before Covid drove us from the office, several work-mates and I had a nice routine of getting hamburgers for lunch from one of several places that were either a short walk from our Center City (Philadelphia) office or close enough to deliver. They all had very good burgers, including aContinue reading “A Burger & Shake Day”

Top 10 Cheesesteaks in the Philly Region

I considered four factors when determining which of the many cheesesteaks I’ve eaten belong on this list: In general, I prefer a cheesesteak in which the meat, cheese, and roll are all proportionate to each other over steaks with massive amounts of meat, cheese, or both. But there are exceptions to that rule, as you’reContinue reading “Top 10 Cheesesteaks in the Philly Region”

The Best Pizza I Ate on the Cheesesteak Trail

When I was growing up, almost all of the places I was aware of that sold cheesesteaks also had pizza on the menu. That’s probably still the case more often than not in the Philly region. So when I knew in advance that a restaurant I would be visiting for a cheesesteak was known toContinue reading “The Best Pizza I Ate on the Cheesesteak Trail”

Top Five Cheesesteak Rolls

Those of you who have read at least a few of my cheesesteak posts probably realize by now that I prefer sturdy to soft rolls. In this context, ‘sturdy’ relates primarily to the crust and can mean that it either is at least slightly crispy or has a chewy quality to it that is usuallyContinue reading “Top Five Cheesesteak Rolls”

My Year-Long Cheesesteak Odyssey – and What’s Next

*There is an alphabetical list of links to all of my cheesesteak posts at the bottom of this post. While I’ve always lived in the Philadelphia region, I didn’t start eating cheesesteaks at the rate of a little over one per week until roughly a year ago. It was at that point that circumstances andContinue reading “My Year-Long Cheesesteak Odyssey – and What’s Next”

Finishing My Cheesesteak Trail on a High Note

I could and very well may go on eating cheesesteaks in perpetuity. But it’s long been my intention to put out a Top 10 list for the Philly region at some point. In order to do that, I have to determine when I’ve sampled all of the steaks that have a realistic chance of makingContinue reading “Finishing My Cheesesteak Trail on a High Note”

Another Late Addition: Michael’s of Woodlyn, PA

After eating less than expected yesterday, I didn’t feel the need to wait until late in the week to get my next cheesesteak. I’m hoping to finish off all of the steak shops I want to include in my survey by Friday or Saturday, so I can put out my “Best-of” posts next week. ThatContinue reading “Another Late Addition: Michael’s of Woodlyn, PA”