Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and associate editor Niki Achitoff-Gray came to Philadelphia and sampled 30+ cheesesteaks over two days. And what did they find? “Finding a truly great cheesesteak in Philly is hard. Like, alarmingly hard.”
And as I’ve been eating my share of cheesesteaks over this Year of the Cheesesteak, I agree with what came out of their guiding principles. Especially that the meat is consistently underseasoned, bland and often dry.
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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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The ham and cheese empanada is the clear winner for CE Phood on the opening weekend of 943. [CE Phood]
Brog barnstorms its way through the menu at Kennett, trying everything from the porchetta pizza to the bone marrow and beef burger. [Brog]
With the weather getting nicer the chance for a quick jaunt to University City and Tyson Bees seems like a must. Especially after checking out Two Eat Philly’s recap. [Two Eat Philly]
Philly Phoodie is rewarded when he tries the Chicken Cheesesteak Pizazz at D’Alessandro’s. [Philly Phoodie]