Back to Johnny Paisano’s for a Family Dinner

My regular readers may recall that I’ve already posted about Johnny Paisano’s, a casual yet charming Italian restaurant in my area. That earlier report was on lunch with a friend. I returned to Johnny’s with my wife’s family for an early Saturday dinner to celebrate her birthday and also – belatedly – Mother’s Day. WeContinue reading “Back to Johnny Paisano’s for a Family Dinner”

LaSpada’s Original Steaks & Hoagies on MacDade Boulevard

I normally plan my cheesesteak outings anywhere from a few days to a week in advance – sometimes longer if a friend is joining me. But I went on a spur of the moment jaunt for a steak today. The chain of events that led to this bout of spontaneity began with the dinner weContinue reading “LaSpada’s Original Steaks & Hoagies on MacDade Boulevard”

A Beast of a Sandwich: Delco’s Original

I’ve posted a few times on Delco Steaks. One of their several locations is only about 10 minutes from me, and they’re very good. But there is another, unrelated place further west in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, PA, called Delco’s Original Steaks & Hoagies. Their steaks get some tremendous raves on Facebook. They also hadContinue reading “A Beast of a Sandwich: Delco’s Original”

A New Old-School Steak Stand in South Philly

South Philadelphia has more classic-looking cheesesteak stands and is more associated with the sandwich than any other part of the city. While most of the well-known steak shops in other neighborhoods, as well as those in the suburbs, have indoor service, South Philly specializes in walk up stands, where customers order at a window whileContinue reading “A New Old-School Steak Stand in South Philly”

Semolina Pizzeria of Southampton, PA

As promised in a recent post on my pizza roots, I returned to Semolina Pizzeria in Southampton, Pennsylvania – the town in which I grew up – after finding out the hard way last week that they are closed Tuesdays.  My friend, Andy, and I met there for lunch today – a Thursday. It’s aContinue reading “Semolina Pizzeria of Southampton, PA”

… Dude, Let’s Go Bowling

I bowled a lot for a few years during my teens. That included a Saturday morning league for a while. In fact, four other guys from my league and I won the Bucks County, PA team championship for our age group in 1980 or ‘81.  Bowlers’ burnout cut my competitive bowling days short. Since thenContinue reading “… Dude, Let’s Go Bowling”

Back to My Pizza Roots

When dining out, I try to always have a Plan B ready in case my original plan doesn’t come to fruition. I’ve had more than a few occasions over the years when a restaurant at which I intended to eat was closed for one reason or another. Yesterday was one such occasion. I had intendedContinue reading “Back to My Pizza Roots”

Delco Steaks: Avoiding the Soggy Roll Problem

Delco Steaks’ reputation and popularity have been growing lately. They are in expansion mode and even have a stand at the arena where the Sixers and Flyers play. I’ve reported on them a couple times already; once each for their original Broomall spot and the newer Ridley location. But I didn’t feel I was gettingContinue reading “Delco Steaks: Avoiding the Soggy Roll Problem”

Phil & Jim’s Cheesesteaks: The Sum of its parts

I gave credit to Jim Pappas and his Cheesesteak Adventure blog in a couple of my early cheesesteak posts back in September of last year. He is currently running his third annual March Cheesesteak Madness contest, which has local judges picking the best cheesesteak in the Philly region. There are 64 sandwiches broken down intoContinue reading “Phil & Jim’s Cheesesteaks: The Sum of its parts”