As we promised, 2014 is the Year of the Cheesesteak. And as part of the continuing coverage of the cheesesteak, we will be profiling cheesesteak rivalries around town.
When GQ’s Alan Richman came to town to rank his ten favorite cheesesteaks, one of the biggest complaints was the omission of Dalessandro’s Steaks in Roxborough. According to Ray Didinger, who went along with Richman on his cheesesteak hunt, Richman had eliminated the Roxborough stalwart from his list based upon a previous cheesesteak visit to Philadelphia.
Sunday, I set out with a couple of friends, including comedian Chip Chantry, to try both Dalessandro’s and Chubby’s across the street. Check out the results of our first Rivalry Tale of the Tape.
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When it comes to Roxborough there are just two cheesesteaks. And much like you’re either a Pat’s or Geno’s person, you’re either a Chubby’s or Dalessandro’s loyalist.
Interestingly the defenders of Chubby’s usually point to the hours, bar or cheese fries as the reason they prefer Chubby’s. But at Dalessandro’s, it’s all about the sandwich.
A Tale Of Two Cheesesteaks [UWISHUNU]