The Underappreciated Neighborhood Pizzeria

While the ranks of restaurants and sandwich shops that are primarily known for cheesesteaks continue to grow, many in the Philadelphia region still get their steaks from their local pizzeria. That was the case for the vast majority when I was coming of age. And I still don’t dismiss such places. Some of them –Continue reading “The Underappreciated Neighborhood Pizzeria”

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”

The Return of Dine-In at An Old-School Favorite

Relative to how it was during my youth, there aren’t that many old-school Cantonese Chinese restaurants remaining in the Philadelphia region; a fact that I’ve bemoaned here several times. So when an alarming number of those that were still around remained closed to dine-in service – only offering takeout – well after most other restaurants inContinue reading “The Return of Dine-In at An Old-School Favorite”

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”