Four Local Restaurants on United States of Bacon Tonight


Tonight at 7 p.m. on Destination America, formerly Discovery Home & Leisure, is featuring four local restaurants on United States of Bacon. As you might expect there’s a ton of bacon on the show but we have to raise an eyebrow over the inclusion of McNally’s Tavern’s Schmitter. Surely a great gluttonous sandwich, but as the diagram above shows, bacon is not a normal part of the Schmitter. Now bacon is available for a dollar add-on, but who needs bacon when you already have steak, grilled salami, cheese, fried onions, tomatos, special sauce and even more cheese?

  • SoWe, Cinnamon beignets baked with brown butter, caramel and topped with crumbled bacon. Look for $5 martinis and complimentary beignets during the show.
  • Jake’s Sandwich Board, Turkey, cranberry-apple spread, smoky grilled bacon, brown gravy and potato pancakes. Turbacon sandwiches are half-price during the show.
  • PYT, Blue cheese stuffed burger, infused with bloody mary mix, and topped with a heaping portion of bacon. ($5
  • McNally’s Tavern, The Schmitter, a unique take on the cheesesteak made of thin-sliced steak, salami, fried onions, cheese, and secret sauce.

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  • Horace Steenblatter

    The quality of the meat on McNally’s cheesesteaks are pretty lousy and they don’t even serve fries. You can get a similar superior sandwich at plenty of other local restaurants that serve their own version of the Schmitter. In those cases, the imitation is superior.

    • Joe Pié

      You are correct, McNally’s doesn’t have fries. This Philadelphia Institution first opened long before the deep fat fryer was invented and they don’t change things very often. Although the girls just recently did install a new beer tap system that dispenses over a dozen different excellent beers one may enjoy with their sandwiches and chips! Change is good. On every other point you are just plain WRONG. Viciously and stupendously wrong.
      The beef used at McNally’s is 100% USDA CHOICE Bottom Round sourced from American Steers. A not common choice for thinly sliced grilled sandwich meats. Perhaps your palate is not accustomed to the (I think superior) flavor profile of an extremely lean beef product not adulterated with flavor enhancers, water, marinades or other non-beef ingredients.
      I have never seen a similar, let alone superior knock-off of The Schmitter® in over 15 years. It’s my business to know. As every serious food loving fan and consumer knows, The Schmitter® is a Registered Trademark and it’s a crime to promote a pretender. Come back and enjoy a real good sandwich, a REAL Schmitter®