February 8, 2015 |
The end of a reign rarely comes without death. But the King of Jeans apparently will have an afterlife. The iconic, kitschy sign that has loomed over East Passyunk Avenue since 1994 is in pieces now, its lettering and crown carted Thursday to an architecture salvage company. The lip-locked couple, a discofied Romeo and his South Philly Juliet, for now still hang on the facade of the shuttered clothier. But they, too, are headed for a less public setting. After numerous attempts to find a proper throne for the King along Passyunk and in other places, it was decided the giant sign would wind up at Provenance, a Northern Liberties salvager.
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.
July 9, 2007
IF YOU gathered all the cheesesteaks the Oliveri family has fried up in this town and laid them end-to-end, they would circle the globe. We don't believe anyone would actually do that. Then again, we wouldn't have believed that an Oliveri legacy would be unceremoniously booted from one of Philadelphia's culinary landmarks, the Reading Terminal Market. His grandfather, Pat Oliveri invented the cheesesteak, according to local lore. But Rick Oliveri's steak shop is about to be kicked out of the market after 15 years to make way for another South Philly sandwich tradition, Tony Luke's.
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.
March 12, 2012
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY on Thursday to seriouser and seriouser talk-radio host slash political hobnobber slash best-selling author slash Inky columnist slash occasional nudist Michael Smerconish. The Main Liner and onetime major Republican made big waves four years back when he endorsed Barack Obama for prez. Today, his views are solidly middle-of-the-road. Not sure about Smer's opinions on astrology, but the stars say he oughta enjoy where he is now and latch on to adventure in April. Sharing space on this week's birthday list is slenderized sandwich star Tony Luke Jr., also 50 today.
April 12, 2012 |
Back in 2007, when Daryl Hall came up with the idea for his online music show Live From Daryl's House, he was motivated in part by being able to go to work without leaving home. "I've been traveling around the world forever," says Hall, the 65-year-old Pottstown native who, along with John Oates, made up one of the best-selling duos in music history, with No. 1 hits that included "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do). " "But the Internet allows you to turn everything upside down," says Hall, on the phone this week from his house in Dutchess County, N.Y., where Live From Daryl's House is filmed.
August 17, 2012 |
DiNic's roast pork - sliced thin with broccoli rabe and extra-sharp provolone on a seeded Carangi's roll - is a damn good sandwich. But the best in America? A day after the Reading Terminal stalwart was named the best sandwich in the country by a Travel Channel show, some competitors and their devotees questioned whether host Adam Richman had cast a wide enough net. Richman announced the winner Wednesday night after sampling 28 sandwiches throughout the country and naming 10 regional finalists and two wild cards.
October 27, 2011
Official description: Juicy, lean, premium Angus beef topped with fire-roasted onions and peppers, melted Swiss and tasty aioli spread on a toasted Philly roll. Chain: Arby's. Calories: 610, with 30 grams of fat and 1,670 mgs of salt. Location: 2560 Aramingo Ave. Order time: 3 minutes. Price: $5.29. Review: Yes, the commercials are annoying to anyone who lives here; we're not sure what naming a sandwich a "Philly" means. Was this decision made by a focus group in Idaho looking for something authentic?
August 18, 2011 |
CAMPO'S We were there: 6:14 p.m. (pregame). We waited: 12 minutes. We ordered : A cheesesteak. We paid: $9.50. Phindings: When you call yourself "Philadelphia's Cheesesteak," you better deliver the goods, right? Well, the Pretty Good (as opposed to "Great") Phoodini didn't find that to be the case during his most recent Citizens Bank Park noshfest. After some deliberation, the standard cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz was selected from a limited menu that includes "The Heater" ($9.50)