December 20, 2009 |
When you are weighing the choice between two entrees, it's never a good sign when the server leans furtively toward your ear to advise sotto voce that (surprise!) the more expensive cut of steak is a better bet. My first waiter at Parker's Prime, though, managed to elevate the hard-sell to a new level of crass. The $40 "zabuton" cut of Wagyu beef, he said, was so sublimely marbled from its famously pampered breeding, "I want to marry a Wagyu wife to feed me beer and give me massages.
June 22, 1986 |
This story is dedicated to Sal, Tony, Denise, Pat and Carmine and all the gang in South Philadelphia. Yo! And maybe the next number should be dedicated to the gang in the Burg. South Philadelphia isn't the only heavy-duty Italian enclave in this part of the world. In New Jersey's capital - that's the city on the north side of the bridge spanning the Delaware with the sign that says Trenton Makes, the World Takes - there's another one: a section of town known as the Burg.
July 1, 2010
Baba Ghanoush . . . 4 Chicken With Lime and Cilantro . . . 4 Fennel and Radiccio Salad . . . 2 French Potato Salad . . . 2 Steak and Portobello Sandwich . . . 3
July 10, 2006
EVERY DAY, I pick up the paper and read about Geno's and their sign. I don't understand why people go there in the first place, not because of the sign, but because of the fatty piece of meat they call a cheese- steak. Ever hear of Steve's or Chink's? Now that's a good steak. Jim Kantner Philadelphia
July 1, 2010 |
Steak, mushrooms, and sweet onions make a great, quick summer dinner. The steak, mushrooms, and onions are sautéed in the same pan. The balsamic vinegar-and-garlic marinade becomes a dipping sauce for the sandwich. Steak and Portobello Sandwich Makes 2 servings 1. Remove visible fat from steak. Mix garlic and balsamic vinegar in a self-sealing plastic bag. Add the steak and mushrooms. Marinate 10 minutes, turning bag over once. 2. Meanwhile, spray bread with olive oil and toast for one minute.
July 15, 2010
You go to Bitar's in the Italian Market for top-notch gyros and kebabs, thereby avoiding the cheesesteak glut two blocks away. But when in Rome . . . . Amin Bitar says the new Bitar steak and potato sandwich wrap started as a joke, as a customer asked for a Lebanese riff on a steak sandwich. It starts with a fresh-baked pita, spread with a moderately spicy harissa mayo, and topped with thinly sliced, char-grilled sirloin steak, sauteed onions, and red and green bell peppers.
July 8, 2010
Milan salad redux Under the orange umbrellas at Table 31's al fresco sibling, The Plaza Cafe, outside the Comcast Center, diners steeped in Philadelphiana can be seen smiling at the menu listing for the Milano Salad, a satisfyingly retro bowl that has passed this way before. It is quite simply - quite classically - a pile of crunchy iceberg lettuce tossed with lightened-up Russian-ish dressing, adorned with cubed tomato, hard-cooked egg, a sprinkle of peeled shrimp, and a shred of bacon - all the fun of a BLT, plus shrimp.
July 31, 2008
Q: I cook at home a lot and enjoy all types of cooking, especially grilling. How in the heck do you get a steak at home to taste like a great restaurant steak? Is it even conceivable? - Mark C. A: Mark, I've learned that things usually taste a little better when someone else waits on you, cooks for you and cleans up after you. I've tried to convince my wife that cooking at home is just as good as or better than eating out. But she always says, "Honey, we don't have prep cooks or people who wash dishes here like you do at work.
April 10, 2002 |
H. & J. McNally's Schmitter is legendary among Chestnut Hill pub-goers. Like any legend, the sandwich has inspired a few myths. Some folks believe it's named for former Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt. Women in their ninth month of pregnancy have sworn eating a Schmitter induces childbirth. But here's the real story behind the Schmitter. One night in the late '60s, former Chestnut Hill Hospital ER worker and McNally's regular Dennis Krenich asked bar owner Hugh McNally for something different on his cheesesteak.
August 12, 1999 |
Sixth grade was a dark year for Jerry Crafts. He weighed 190 pounds and wasn't particularly athletic. When girls noticed him at all, it was to look at him and move away as quickly as possible. Bullies picked on him, called him Orca, after the whale. "I was short and real fat. It was taking me a long time to blossom," said Crafts, 31, laughing a bit sarcastically in reflection. He was leaning on a tree - or was that tree leaning on him? - after morning practice at the Eagles training camp as the team prepped for tonight's preseason game at Veterans Stadium.