Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 1

My wife and I hit the road for the first time in a while this past weekend. Our destination was Virginia, where we spent a night in Staunton before heading southwest to Richmond, the state capital, for a couple more days and nights. Those of you who have read some of my old travel postsContinue reading “Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 1”

Nick’s Roast Beef: Philly’s Ray’s Pizza

The closest thing Philadelphia has to Ray’s Pizza in New York City – a seemingly ubiquitous restaurant name that has achieved legendary and comic status – is Nick’s Roast Beef. The most well-known, and probably the oldest, is Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef in South Philly. They have a couple suburban outposts, one of whichContinue reading “Nick’s Roast Beef: Philly’s Ray’s Pizza”

Silvio’s of Hatboro and Their Legendary Rolls

Much of the stretch of PA-Rt. 263 – or York Road – that is the main drag in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, still looks like it belongs in the mid to late 20th century more so than the current era. As a child growing up in neighboring Southampton during the late 60s and early 70s, my motherContinue reading “Silvio’s of Hatboro and Their Legendary Rolls”

A Return to Big Al’s Eatery of Media, PA

I broke from my standard ordering pattern the first time I visited Big Al’s Eatery of Media, PA, back in early February. Rather than getting a cheesesteak on their optional seeded roll, I tried it on seedless garlic bread. While it was an enjoyable sandwich from a flavor standpoint, I didn’t like how moist theContinue reading “A Return to Big Al’s Eatery of Media, PA”

Birthday Lunch at Melt

My regular readers know I tend to write about classic old restaurants that don’t come close to passing for fine dining. Melt, which sits in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, just south of the Lehigh Valley, is a break from that norm. It isn’t a chain, but it’s the sort of large, corporately-owned restaurantContinue reading “Birthday Lunch at Melt”

A Classic Small-Town Cafe Closer to Home

During the stretch of years when I was road-tripping around the interior of the country fairly regularly, one of the restaurant genres I always sought out when drawing up my pre-trip dining itinerary was small-town cafes and luncheonettes. There is a place called The Coffee Station that is not far from where I’ve lived forContinue reading “A Classic Small-Town Cafe Closer to Home”

Kibitzing in South Jersey

When New York-style Jewish deli first came to Philadelphia – around the turn of the century – one of the first delicatessens in town to feature it was a place called Kibitz in the City, which sat on the 700 block of Chestnut Street in Center City. I ate there at least a couple times,Continue reading “Kibitzing in South Jersey”

After Weeks Without One, I Needed a Cheesesteak!

After eating at least one cheesesteak per week for a year, I felt the need to take a break from Philly’s trademark sandwich. But after a few weeks, the craving for one started to build within me until I couldn’t hold out any longer. The question was where to go to satisfy it.  While IContinue reading “After Weeks Without One, I Needed a Cheesesteak!”

The Reading Terminal’s Most Overlooked Sandwich

Near the end of the post I wrote about my last visit to Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, the possibility of my next stop there including a roast pork or meatball sandwich from DiNic’s was raised. I returned to the Terminal for lunch Thursday and it turned out to be the latter. I’ve enjoyed meatball sandwichesContinue reading “The Reading Terminal’s Most Overlooked Sandwich”