Gus's Lunch Truck in Philadelphia serves breakfast too

GUS01. Gus and Joan Katseftis next to the lunch truck at Broad & Callowhill. Photo by Elise Wrabetz.
GUS01. Gus and Joan Katseftis next to the lunch truck at Broad & Callowhill. Photo by Elise Wrabetz.
Posted: July 19, 2012

What's cooking? A classic sandwich selection — from turkey and cheese on white bread to a hearty Philly cheesesteak. A line can be found at Gus's for breakfast, too.

They're family: Gus Katseftis and his wife, Joan, along with various family members, fed employees of the Daily News, Inquirer and philly.com for 21 years from Gus' spot next to the company's former headquarters at Broad and Callowhill streets. Convenient, yes, but what kept people coming back was the menu.

Satisfied customers: "It's old-school," said Craig LaBan, Inquirer food critic and frequent Gus' customer. Added Inquirer food editor Maureen Fitzgerald, "He's not trying to be new, or interesting or novel. He's just trying to feed you."

Crowd favorite: Chicken breast on pita ($4.75) with lettuce, tomato, melted cheese and mayonnaise: It's warm, filling and slightly healthier than a cheesesteak. The BLT ($3.10) is your basic bacon-lettuce-tomato combo pared with fresh white bread and a mayo spread.

What's next? The newspapers and philly.com have moved to 8th and Market streets. Gus' will close for vacation in August. Gus is considering retirement, but son-in-law Joe Carr may keep the truck going.

Contact: irene.katseftis@gmail.com.

An occasional exploration of mobile food operations in the Philly area, reported this week by Allie Caren.

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