July 31, 2000 |
Sen. John McCain ate lunch at Pat's King of Steaks yesterday. So did his wife, Cindy. She ate hers with a fork. For many Republicans yesterday, the South Philly institution and home of the cheesesteak was literally their first stop after the hotel. Trent LeDoux, 26, a rancher and delegate from Holton, Kan., came to Pat's yesterday at 11:30 a.m. for his first lunch in Philadelphia. "I raise beef back home, so I had to come see how it was done here," he said. He got the original with Cheez Whiz and fried onions.
December 13, 1996 |
As the school year was winding up last April, according to court testimony, some Lincoln University students phoned nearby LaRusso's Pizza and placed a food order under the pseudonym of "Mike. " When Sherry Petrauskas, 22, made a midnight run to her usual delivery spot in a well-lit campus parking lot, she delivered to all but three students standing near her car. As she fumbled about to check the order for "Mike," she was pushed down and robbed of $56 in cash, one pizza and four cheesesteaks, she told police.
May 24, 2008 |
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.
August 25, 2011
THE LOW POINT of Joey Vento's career probably was facing trumped-up charges that dragged him before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. He was accused of discrimination, but no matter how high the kangaroos in the court jumped, they couldn't produce anyone who was discriminated against at his neon-loaded, nurse-clean sandwich shop. At the time of the hearing, Joey told me CHR "violated numerous civil rights of me . " The high point of Joey Vento's career was showing up at Geno's before daybreak to prepare his iconic sandwich shop for the day's business.
August 31, 2002 |
Here we are, smack in the middle of a theatrical trend: the extravaganza, in which people we never thought we'd see on stages are taking them over to standing-room crowds. The estimable Blast, with solid roots in drum-and-bugle-corps competition, has just pulled out of the Forrest Theatre after wowing audiences for three weeks. Last season, Cirque du Soleil took over a corner at Broad Street and Washington Avenue, erected a tent, and offered an intoxicating brew of magic, comedy and derring-do called Dralion to Philadelphians who, spirits enthusiastic and wallets open, flooded the place.
December 2, 1996 |
You can already get a bottle of Rolling Rock in London. If all goes well for Susan Fletcher, you may be able to add a Philadelphia cheesesteak to your order. Fletcher's company, Allied Steaks, which supplies thousands of restaurants nationally with meat for cheesesteaks, has applied for certification to export meat products to Europe. If Allied gets the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will be one of only six U.S. companies able to do so and the first to send cheesesteak meat across the Atlantic.
August 5, 2000 |
The Republican love-fest with Philadelphia may have ended, but it kept burning at white heat right up to the moment delegates boarded their plane, train or car yesterday - some of them with Tastykakes in hand. "The hospitality here is as good as it gets, anywhere," said delegate Jim Jones, a retired accounting professor from Boone, N.C., as he prepared to hop a plane bound for home. And plenty of them boarded planes. It was one of the busier travel days of the year, airport officials said.
August 1, 2000 |
We're pessimistic, obnoxious, uncultured, disagreeable, and besides that, we throw beer at the other team. And now, a word in defense of Philly attitude: Cheesesteaks. In these pages, you will read thousands of well-intentioned words about making Philadelphia - or any city - a better place. The underlying indictment is that few of these ideas have taken hold here because of our renowned "can't-do" attitude To which I reply, this ain't Disneyland. You can have your shiny new downtown redevelopment projects and spectacular entertainment centers, your microchipped high-tech campuses and sunny tourist destinations.
November 7, 2002 |
A cold rain fell on the Steel City yesterday, running in rivulets down a giant image of Mike Fisher's face on the side of his campaign bus, which sat empty at the curb. Upstairs in a hotel ballroom that was the candidate's headquarters, Fisher's staff had left their mascot, a stuffed "rally monkey," hanging by its neck from a fax machine power cord fashioned into a noose. Its tiny body swung slowly in the draft from a heating vent. Down in the lobby, Fisher emerged from an elevator at noon, looking bleary-eyed.
September 4, 1994 |
What do you call a French roll topped with sliced chicken, onions, peppers and maybe some alfalfa sprouts? If you're a Californian, you may call it a Philadelphia cheesesteak. Rodney Dangerfield could have been speaking for all Philadelphians, even West Coast transplants like myself, when he said, "We don't get no respect. " Over the years, as Philadelphians migrated west to La La Land, some welcomed the challenge of settling down in a new land. Others thought they had found a shortcut to Cherry Hill.