Something Old – Something New

I mentioned in my last post that I had a big week of cheesesteak-eating ahead of me. It got underway Tuesday, when my friend Robert joined me for a pair. I’ll be accompanied by another friend Friday as well. The plan is to split steaks from two different shops both days. That would enable meContinue reading “Something Old – Something New”

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”

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”

John’s Roast Pork: Living Up to Its Lofty Reputation

I mentioned in a previous cheesesteak post a month or so back that I attempted to go to John’s Roast Pork (JRP) in South Philadelphia late one morning, but their long line prompted me to keep driving and grab lunch at Avenue Steaks instead. I vowed to return to JRP earlier one upcoming day toContinue reading “John’s Roast Pork: Living Up to Its Lofty Reputation”

My Steak and Pizza Momentum Continues

While my main eating focus going back to last summer has obviously been cheesesteaks, a handful of the restaurants I’ve visited for those have also excelled at pizza. At least one place’s pizza even outshined its steak in my opinion. And two of the past three restaurants I had visited for steaks – Da Vinci’sContinue reading “My Steak and Pizza Momentum Continues”

Oh Brother: Serving Cheesesteaks in the Shadows of History

With Only moderate success, I’ve been trying to push myself to get to the handful of elite cheesesteak shops that I still haven’t tried. And to that end, today’s lunch was at Oh Brother, which is in Old City, a now long-trendy neighborhood at the northeastern edge of Center City. It also borders and intertwinesContinue reading “Oh Brother: Serving Cheesesteaks in the Shadows of History”

Back to Center City for a Thali Lunch at Veda

I didn’t acquire a taste for Indian food until in my late 30s. It wasn’t on my radar while growing up in the Philly suburbs. There may have been an Indian restaurant or two in Center City back in those days, but my family generally opted for Chinatown when eating downtown.  When I started workingContinue reading “Back to Center City for a Thali Lunch at Veda”