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May 23, 2008 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
You've read it, heard it, tasted it, savored it, seen it in photo op action: Want a "classic" or "authentic" Philly cheesesteak? Gotta go with Cheez Whiz. Maybe it's time to melt that myth. True, Whiz is king at Pat's and Geno's, those legendary South Philly sites at Ninth and Passyunk. During the Pennsylvania primary, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert said their feud was fiercer than the Democrats' - and showed a sandwich dripping with Whiz. Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as Bill and Chelsea Clinton, ate at Pat's - and had Whiz.
NEWS
April 10, 2008
SO OBAMA didn't make the obligatory stop at Pat's or Geno's. I applaud him on skipping the two tourist traps that are the McDonald's and Burger King of cheesesteaks in the city. There are other joints to get a great cheesesteak, including Jim's, D'Allessandro's and John's Roast Pork. Bryan Flannery, Chalfont
FOOD
September 2, 2010
The best cheesesteak in town last week wasn't in South Philly, it was in LOVE Park near City Hall where caterer (and Frog founder) Steve Poses grilled up 1,000 samples of grass-fed, organic beef - from Landisdale Farm in Lebanon County - for giveaway steak sandwiches to promote Philly Homegrown, the campaign to showcase local foods. The meat was tender, but notably beefier, earthier, and less fatty than the standard fare, and at $6.50 a pound, it cost the sponsoring the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.
NEWS
June 25, 2008
THIS spring, Councilman Goode and I introduced a resolution authorizing City Council's Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to hold hearings examining the operations and effectiveness of the numerous economic-development entities in Philadelphia. Over the last year, I've been looking into the public dispute between the Reading Terminal Market and Rick Olivieri that was the subject of a recent column by Jill Porter ("Booting of Rick Olivieri Has a Bad Smell to It," June 4)
FOOD
December 1, 2011 | By Michael Klein
The health attributes of Philadelphia's signature foods are beyond debate. Hoagies and scrapple are salty and fatty. Soft pretzels and Krimpets are loaded with empty carbs. Cheesesteaks? All of that. But in this supersized America, a one-thousand-calorie sandwich seems to fit right in. Then why are two major Philadelphia sandwich players - Tony Luke's and Rick's Original Steaks - going smaller? Both have introduced 6-inch versions of the traditional 9-inch sandwiches at their food-court locations.
NEWS
September 26, 1996 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Junior knew it was the calm before the storm when he looked out the back door at Pat's Steaks and saw a cop directing traffic. In South Philly. "Rita, what's up?" called Frank E. "Junior" Olivieri, son of the owner of Pat's Steaks, to Rita the crossing guard. "The president's coming," Rita said. "Yeah, OK," Olivieri answered. A few minutes later Mayor Rendell called. The mayor told him, "I'm coming down for steaks, and I'll be with the president. " As Olivieri hung up the phone at the famous sidewalk eatery at 9th and Passyunk, "There was like an invasion of suits, men with earplugs . . . You know, they're Secret Service.
FOOD
December 1, 2011
Every so often - perhaps weekly - someone futzes with the cheesesteak, removing the Philadelphia-ness from it. Enter Olivier Desaintmartin, chef-owner of Caribou Cafe in Center City, who has gone all Frenchy with his Parisian cheesesteak, which he bills as a more elegant and refined option. He starts with a Dijon-slathered French baguette, naturally, upon which he layers prime rib, haricots verts, frites, and - you say you want yours wit', pal? - gooey Brie. Get out of town.
NEWS
April 4, 2008 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barack Obama vows he shall return and sample a cheesesteak. Just one? Yesterday, sports talker Glen Macnow of WIP (610 AM) posted his nearly final rankings of 45 cheesesteaks sampled between West Chester to Atlantic City. Only the order of the top six could change, pending a final on-air showdown at noon on Saturday, April 19. Interestingly, ranked No. 1 was also the place that finished first with Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan after his 2002 whirlwind tour of 23 eateries: John's Roast Pork on East Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOW THIS IS a Pope Francis souvenir that comes wit' cheese. A lot of cheese. South Philly resident Thomas Sprott may have helped to create the most Philly-centric pope memento yet - a Francis bobblehead in the arms-up Rocky pose, wearing boxing gloves and holding a cheesesteak. Sprott, 34, who works in the hospitality industry and dabbles in the online sales of collectible toys, placed his PhillyBobblePope on Etsy Monday night and by 5 p.m. yesterday he already had 60 orders for the $20 souvenir.
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FOOD
June 17, 2016
Since transitioning in January from his popular food cart to a mustard-yellow brick-and-mortar storefront in Brewerytown, Josh Kim's SpOt Gourmet Burgers has, not surprisingly, become a bona-fide destination for some of the best burgers in town. Creative house-ground beauties such as the Ponderosa (posed inside its bun over a raft of french fries with mushrooms, Swiss, and barbecue sauce) and a lamb-patty special scented with mint over cumin aioli were just two of his recent hits.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
THE ALWAYS BUSY and eminently quotable comics artist Howard Chaykin is happy to be coming to town. "I love Philadelphia," he said in a recent phone interview. "I love the architecture. I love the food - it's got some of the best Mexican food I've tasted outside of Arizona, Texas, and Southern California. Plus, I know how it sounds, but I'm a serious Philly cheesesteak fan. " After spending a huge part of his life in New York, Chaykin appreciates the famous Philly attitude as well.
NEWS
April 1, 2016
HILLARY CLINTON famously espoused the mantra, "It takes a village to raise a child. " Mayor Kenney's mantra is "It takes a village tax on sugary drinks to raise a child. " As Kenney sees it, his villagers don't have to fear the Big Bad Wolf, but rather Big Bad Soda. The wolf is not huffing and puffing. The villagers are huffing and puffing because they are made fat by Big Soda. Kenney has not spoken as much about the health benefits of this new tax in recent days. Instead, apparently bristling at the argument that this tax will affect poorer people the most, he has launched attacks on evil corporations making money off everyday Philadelphians.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
With more than 100 people in attendance at Union Transfer Sunday afternoon, Blackbird Pizzeria recaptured the title of Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly. Having won the first contest in 2014, the beloved vegan pizza joint was ousted in 2015 by Royal Tavern but was favored this year by judges Stu Bykofsky, Lisa Tynes, Leila Vaughan, and Babette Josephs. Blackbird owner Mark Mebus said his team was "happy about it because the only thing we've changed since last year was the bread. " After experimenting with house-made rolls, the pizzeria switched to vegan baguettes from Metropolitan Bakery.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
With more than 500 votes cast among 35 nominated venues, the 2016 Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contest is starting to sizzle as we head into the final week. Vote once a day for your favorite venue at philly.com/vegancontest or by tweeting with the hashtag #vegancheesesteak. Voting ends at noon March 18. At 4 p.m. March 20, the three top finalists will be taste-tested to determine a winner during a vegan event at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St., $10 at the door, 215-232-2100)
NEWS
March 4, 2016
"2016 BEST VEGAN CHEESESTEAK IN PHILLY" CONTEST RULES Vote once a day for your favorite vegan cheesesteak at philly.com/vegancontest or via your Twitter account, using #vegancheesesteak. Voting period ends at noon on March 18. Vote tallies will be updated once a day around noon at philly.com/veganblog. One Philly-area voter will be chosen at random to receive dinner for two at Miss Rachel's Pantry in South Philly. Highest vote-getting venue wins "People's Choice Sandwich.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
Our third annual Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contes t launched Tuesday, the same day Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), a vegan, came to town to promote his new book, United. Coincidence? Probably. But if you've read the book (and if not, do!), you get his point that everything, and everyone, is connected; the subtitle is Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good . So during my chat with Booker just before he stepped onstage at the Free Library Tuesday night, you bet the subject of vegan cheesesteaks came up. The contest, after all, provides common ground for all kinds of venues to share plant-based offerings.
FOOD
January 29, 2016 | Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
When David Chan began keeping his Chinatown restaurant open into the wee hours in 1992, he knew of only a handful of other Center City eateries that did the same. The after-midnight scene was reserved for 24-hour diners, the cheesesteak giants in South Philly, and pizza by the slice. But steadily over the years, Philadelphia has become a late-night city, or at least a later-night one, with an increasing number of restaurants offering food and drink until midnight, and a number cooking until 2 a.m. The change is most clear at the city's core.
FOOD
December 4, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Food Critic
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 1, 2015: Philly looked fabulous in Creed, the excellent new Rocky spin-off, with lots of details familiar to local foodies, from the scenes at Johnny Brenda's to Rocky's restaurant, Adrian's (Victor Cafe, featured in the previous film, too). But I was especially impressed that they chose to feature a cheesesteak spot far less known than the usual South Philly gang. I went yesterday and can assure you the tourists have yet to find Max's at Broad and Erie (actually on Germantown Avenue at Erie)
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