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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Back in January, when GQ’s Alan Richman ratings of Philadelphia cheesesteaks came out, Old City’s Sonny’s Steaks was at the top and neighboring Campo’s Deli was panned for its service. On a recent weekday afternoon, we set out to put the Old City cheesesteaks up against each other, mano-e-mano.
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The only complication? You have to eat it at the Sugarhouse Casino.
But on the upside, it’s a Campos cheesesteak (served at Sugarhouse) that’s being offered free to anyone who signs up to receive a coupon. It works like this: You sign up here before tomorrow night’s Flyers game. And then, if the Flyers win, you’ll get a coupon emailed to you on Friday that’s good for a free cheesesteak ON THAT DAY between 11am and 8pm.
Seem like a lot of trouble for a sandwich? Yes, it is. But free is free so stop complaining.
Free Cheesesteak sign-up [sugarhouse]
Year of the Cheesesteak [Foobooz]
Alan Richman, GQ Food editor and Philadelphia native has ranked his ten favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. In a single day, Richman and his crew of cheesesteak eaters managed to try 23-steaks and ranked the top-ten steak sandwiches in order.
There are plenty of zingers and a top-ten list that will be sure to be criticized. Unfortunately we don’t know which places he went to that didn’t make the list.
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Mike Campo who owns Campo’s cheesesteak shop on Market Street in Old City as well as satellite locations at the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park and the Liacouras Center filed a claim with the US Patent & Trademark Office, looking to trademark the phrase “Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak.”
The feds turned him down, saying the mark was “likely to cause confusion” and was “geographically descriptive” of the sandwich.
Campo’s lawyer disagreed,”It will help them franchise.” If we want to be the sterling benchmark for the Philadelphia cheesesteak, we need that mark.”
Deli sues feds for refusing to trademark its ‘Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak’ [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Campo’s Deli [Official Site]
Campo’s in Old City is holding a contest to create and name your own cheesesteak.
You come up with the ingredients and the oh-so-clever name and if you’re named the winner you get fame and the steak on the menu for a month at Campo’s. Additionally, 10% off all proceeds from the wining sandwich go to Helen’s Hope.
Campo’s [Official Site]
We’ve got so many Quick Bites today we’re breaking them in half. Here’s part 1.Â
Stephen Starr will not be purchasing the Broad Street Diner. This makes us sad. [The Insider]
Shank’s & Evelyn’sÂ is closing at the end of April. This also makes us sad. Their new location might be 15th Street in Center City. This makes us happy. [The Insider]
How many unique kegs did Memphis Taproom go through during its No Repeat Beer Week? 128! That’s a lot of different beer.Â
The Washington Post’s Beer Madness hasÂ Troegs Hopback facing off against Ommegang Hennepin (Official Foobooz house beer of Summer ’07) in the finals. Harrisburg’s finest is trailing Â but it looks like votes are still being accepted. [Washington Post]
It certainly isn’t Morimoto at the ballpark but it’s worth noting that Campo’s is the new cheesesteak vendor on Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park. [The Insider]
We had that Craig LaBan was nominated for a James Beard Award Monday but not Â for what he was nominated. It was this story about John’s Roast Pork owner John Bucci Jr.Â that got him the nomination. [James Beard Foundation]
Tony Luke Jr. has a starring role in The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone whic is premiering tomorrow as part of Cinefest ’09. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]