September 20, 2010 |
President Obama was in Philadelphia Monday evening to raise money for Democrats, but he stopped for a cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market. The motorcade rolled to a stop on 12th Street, just south of Arch Street at 4:30 p.m., surprising the late afternoon crowd. Obama worked his way down the aisles, shaking hands, talking about the Eagles, asking "How you doing?" A crowd of about 50 people clustered beyond the security line. "Thank you, Obama," a man shouted. "Thank you my brother.
March 21, 2014
THE cheesesteak question for area vegans has long been: "Who's got the best vegan version in Philly?" That's aside from the other cheesesteak question for vegans: "Why would you or anyone want to eat a vegan cheesesteak?" This week, the first question was finally and decisively answered - and maybe the second one, too! A month ago, I announced the V for Veg/ Daily News Vegan Cheesesteak contest and asked you to nominate your favorite spots. Well, more than 1,000 votes were cast for 23 Philly-area venues.
April 12, 2002 |
Where else can you dress like a woman and not get in trouble?" inquires one burly South Philly fellow in Strut! - Max Raab's affectionate cheesesteak of a movie celebrating the centuries-old tradition of strumming string bands, festooned fancy brigades, and beer-blottoed cross-dressers that is the City of Brotherly Love's New Year's Day pride and joy, the Mummers. A straightforward documentary that takes a look at the past, present and future (see pipsqueaks in plumage!) of Mummery, Strut!
July 14, 2009 |
The word Palestra on the side of a dilapidated building was good for a smile. The street called Via Filadelfia was a warming sight on a cold night. But it was the little handmade sign on the window of Mangia e Bevi Snackbar that brought on a full attack of homesickness: "Philly Cheese Steaks. " Now I know what you're thinking. You can't get a decent cheesesteak outside a 20-mile radius of Ninth and Passyunk. I've seen everything from hot roast beef sandwiches to hunks of sirloin on kaiser rolls passed off as Philadelphia cheesesteaks, and that's during travels in the States.
March 31, 2001 |
Hungry and unable to speak English, the Phillies' potential future arrived at Jack Russell Stadium yesterday just as the team was preparing to leave its spring-training home. Seung Lee and Il Kim, the two 21-year-old Korean righthanders the Phillies signed for a combined $2 million earlier this month, said through an interpreter that they knew nothing about Philadelphia and that their favorite American players were Cal Ripken Jr. and Randy Johnson. Lee likes Ripken. "He's a model of consistency," he said through a translator.
July 21, 2006 |
Harry M. Olivieri, 90, younger brother of Pat, as in world-famous Pat's King of Steaks, and co-creator of the original cheesesteak, died of heart failure yesterday at Atlantic City Medical Center in Pomona, N.J. He lived in South Philadelphia until three years ago, when failing health forced him to move to Atlantic City to live with his daughter, Maria. As the story goes, the two brothers operated a hot dog grill at Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue in 1930, when Pat said to Mr. Olivieri, "Here's a quarter.
October 5, 1999 |
Mayor Rendell eats' one billionth cheesesteak' made by Philadelphia Quality Foods. He didn't eat them all.
May 26, 2009 |
Here's a hot and juicy topic to sink your teeth in: The cheesesteak is No. 2? Funny, the things you stumble across on the Web. "I may never eat another Philly cheesesteak - not, at least, when I can have a roast pork sandwich," a writer opined some weeks ago in the Washington Post. Tim Warren, who lives in Maryland, was such a big cheesesteak fan that he often made food runs to Philadelphia and found he "wasn't the only idiot who had driven 100 miles for a $7 sandwich.
April 12, 2013 |
YOU'VE HAD Pat's. You've had Geno's. You've had Tony Luke's and John's and Jim's and Steve's and D'Alessandro's and Donkey's and Chubby's and Cosmi's and Chick's and dozens more. But have you had a cheesesteak pot pie? Wontons? Spring rolls? Bao buns with spicy pickled shallots, homemade sriracha and micro cilantro? Yeah, probably. Eighty-three years after its invention, Pat and Harry Olivieri's humble creation - originated with butcher's scraps and a hotdog roll - has gone international.
July 10, 2009 |
Fascinated by cheesesteaks, all the lore and more? Then check out The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book, new from Philadelphia's Running Press. Author Carolyn Wyman (Spam: A Biography) doesn't fret about ratings and reviews as much as she dishes out heaping portions of local color, history and helpful info, like recipes. (Cheesesteak pierogis? Italian rolls!) Want to know who serves what meat on which rolls? She tells you for 38 major steak shops, from Pat's and Geno's to Claymont Steak Shop in Delaware - and shares stories about the folks behind the food.