February 23, 2012
Company description: An 8-ounce, country-fried beefsteak smothered in country gravy, served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Chain: IHOP. Calories: 830, with 38 grams of fat and 2,300 mgs of salt. Location: 1320 Walnut St. Order time: Not speedy, but reasonable. Price: $12.99. Review: Since the International House of Pancakes' National Pancake Day is next Tuesday, the Chain Gang decided to visit IHOP and . . . not have pancakes.
February 13, 2012 |
JOEY VENTO is gone but a new movie helps make sure he is not forgotten. The late Geno's Steaks owner appears in "Swooped," a comedy that screens at the Trocadero (1003 Arch) on March 18. Vento, who died in August, plays himself, selling a cheesesteak to one of the main characters. A few scenes take place at Geno's. Directors Joe Gariffo and ShaunPaul Costello say proceeds from the screening will go to fund their next film, "The Independents," which is a hockey comedy to shoot in town this Spring.
February 9, 2012 |
Here's one of the benefits of spending Valentine's Day at home: You get to eat what you want. Sure, you have to make it, but that also means costs can stay down, and you don't have to fight the crowds or be subjected to a rule-ridden tasting menu. And honestly, when is the last time you had a special dinner with your loved one at home without the TV on? Light some candles. It's a nice thing. Sticking around the abode means you can casually indulge. I've created a menu that allows just that, taking the best of a steak-house dinner and combining it with pop-a-pilsner elements.
December 8, 2011
Pinch of salt Garlic clove 4 whole anchovies 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce Egg yolk from coddled egg 1/2 cup olive oil Half lemon, squeezed 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar Half head of romaine lettuce, cut into one-inch pieces Croutons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Cracked pepper Put the salt in the bottom of a wooden salad bowl. Add garlic and crush, then add anchovies and mustard powder and continue to crush into fine texture.
December 8, 2011
CERTAIN MENU items make me sad. Take the Caesar salad, for instance. The contemporary Caesar salad is a depressing thing indeed. You can find them anywhere and they're generally lousy. When I see one listed on a menu - usually hovering somewhere near the bottom, making its lame pitch to add grilled chicken or buffalo shrimp - it's too often a tip-off as to what sort of banal, unimpressive restaurant I'm sitting in. I can immediately feel a sigh forming. Progress is usually a good thing.
November 3, 2011 |
The aroma of fried onions hung in the air Wednesday as the Fraternal Order of Police dedicated a plaque in front of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia, memorializing Joey Vento, the controversial cheesesteak magnate and philanthropist who died Aug. 23. FOP chaplain Joseph Cella gave the invocation at the ceremony, similar to those given for officers who die in the line of duty. "It seems quite appropriate in our Catholic, Christian faith, which Joey was raised in, that this, the day we commemorate all souls, we would recognize Joey," Cella said.
October 6, 2011 |
HOW YA LIKE yer cheesesteak? Whiz Wit'? Maybe with a side of cocaine and Xanax? Such a delicacy would have been possible at South Street's Jim's Steaks, if not for police intervention. Over the summer, investigators uncovered alleged drug dealing inside the steak joint and arrested one of Jim's managers, Andre McMillian. McMillian was nabbed by cops on Aug. 4 as he supervised the cooks preparing cheesesteaks behind the counter, said Lt. Joseph Bologna, one of the arresting officers.
September 29, 2011 |
State Store Pick of the Week Pinot Noir La Merika Central Coast, California $11.99 (sale price through Oct. 23; regularly $14.99) Pinot Noir is a cool-climate grape that thrives in the vineyards near California's Pacific coastline. This one (PLCB Item No. 3934) has more depth and complexity than most under $15 and features a scent of strawberries and raspberries along with a woodsy spice quality. It's terrific with meats and poultry, of course, but can also handle trickier vegetarian or seafood dishes.
August 24, 2011 |
Joey Vento, the impresario of cheesesteaks whose "speak English" sign at his South Philly sandwich shop made him famous to some, infamous to others, died Tuesday of a heart attack. A multimillionaire who started with little more than the change in his pocket, Vento, 71, built his Geno's Steaks into an institution nearly as well known as the Liberty Bell. His arrival on the national stage came via a 2006 controversy, when he erected signs that advised his customers at Ninth and Passyunk that if they wanted to eat, they better order in English.