Kraftwork in Fishtown is offering a special Filet & Foie Cheesesteak this week. Chef Brian Lofink is going all up-market on the cheesesteak as he stuffs an almost-foot-long French roll with the filet mignon, foie gras and black truffles.
The cheesesteak is on the dinner menu through Black Friday and features filet tips, roasted balsamic cippolini onions, gruyère cheese and a foie gras sauce.
The cheesesteak sells for $16 or for $28, you can get it topped with black truffle shavings.
Hustle for the truffles, though, they’ll only be available while truffle supplies last.
Photo by Jeff Fusco
Ever wonder how many calories are in a Philadelphia food cart cheesesteak? Well wonder no more. Axis Philly has gone to the expense of lab-testing popular items from local food carts, and what they found is pretty shocking.
Revealed: Calorie Counts for Cheesesteaks, Gyros and More at Philly Food Carts [Be Well Philly]
“If you’ve seen Liberty Bell and had a cheesesteak, you’ve likely spent a day in Philadelphia.” So begins Zillow’s list of 10 reasons to move to Philadelphia, published last week by a blog of the online real estate database. As it so happens, I live a few blocks from Liberty Bell and even closer to quite a few places to have a cheesesteak. I’ve spent a day in Philadelphia, then! (And also around 5,000 more.)
Outsider guides to Philadelphia always seem off—and of course they do. “10 Reasons” -type lists (even by writers here) involve by definition a heaping of personal bias and guesswork; when they come from an out-of-the-area publication, there’s a greater chance a Philadelphian will read it and get so shocked he’ll drop his cheesesteak right onto the top of the Liberty Bell.
But there’s no need to tear these pieces to shreds; after all, they’re primarily positive articles on the City of Philadelphia, a place we all love (or at least live here).
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Spike TV, favorite channel of stout bald men with goatees and earrings, has a show coming out called “Frankenfood.” The show features chefs from around the country competing against one another to make the tastiest, weirdest dishes. Winner gets cash and a Our own Tony Luke–last seen pitching a film about a gay Mummer–will serve as a judge. [Daily News]
From noon to 2 p.m. today, Geno’s is celebrating its 47th anniversary by serving up cheesesteaks for just 50 cents (instead of the usual $9.50). Customers will also have a chance to spin Geno’s prize wheel for a chance at t-shirts, pens and sweatshirts. Spins are $5 and 100% of the proceeds go to The American Association for Cancer Research.
Geno’s Steaks [Official Site]
Photo by Pushnik Photography
Here’s another reason not to go to Pat’s. Besides the mediocre, overpriced steaks and touristy clientele, people tend to drive their cars right up on the sidewalk at high speed. But then, I guess we already knew Pat’s was bad for your health.
Last night at around 2 a.m., a driver traveling north on E. Passyunk Ave. reportedly ran a stop sign, attempted to avoid oncoming traffic, and smashed into a row of parked cars and benches outside Pat’s. The silver sedan smashed two other cars and hit an SUV hard enough to push it up a whole car length.
Last night being an Eagles game, there were plenty of customers outside during the incident—though there were no injuries to any patrons. One, Mike Berger, a tourist from Florida eating at Pat’s, described the scene for NBC:
“The driver was stumbling around and everyone was telling him to sit down, have a seat, and he was frantically moving stuff. We saw him drop a bottle of booze in the trash can… his head was bleeding and he went across the street. Folks were telling him to come back, sit down, sit down but he ended up running off.”
One passenger from the sedan was taken to a hospital for treatment, while another fled on foot but eventually turned himself in to police. Authorities are still searching for the driver, who also fled on foot.
Perhaps they ran to Tony Luke’s or Jim’s. Whoever it was just doesn’t seem dumb enough to go to Geno’s. [NBC]
When your time is up and you’re preparing to meet your maker, what do you think your dying wish to your children will be? Take care of your grandkids? Stay out of trouble? Visit your grave on your birthday? Well, in the case of Joey Vento, the late owner of Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia, his dying wish to his son was to keep the controversial “Speak English” sign up at Geno’s. Check with Foobooz for the full story.
From Pat’s to Ponzios, Victor Fiorillo revisits some of the most notable Best of Philly winners from 1974.
Forty Years Later, Are These Philly Favorites Still the Best? [Philadelphia Magazine]
As we’ve mentioned before, one of our biggest laments about the current state of the cheesesteak is the lack of beef. At too many places, a cheesesteak is north of $9 for way too little steak and not a lick of creativity.
On the other hand there’s the Amada Cheesesteak on the lunch menu at Jose Garces’ first restaurant in Old City. At Amada, the cheesesteak is shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, a molten Mahón cheese sauce and truffled mushrooms. Yes, the sandwich costs $14, but there’s a whole lot more going on here than just cheap beef and fake cheese.
Amada [Official Site]
We are fascinated by the locations page on Tony Luke’s web site. Of course there is the original Tony Luke’s at 39 E Oregon Avenue. But there are now locations in three different casinos and one in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with another one coming. And then there is an outpost in the Scores gentlemen’s club in Baltimore. So maybe it isn’t surprising that Tony Luke’s is opening today at the Laurel Lanes bowling alley in Maple Shade.
The doors officially opened at 11 a.m., at 4 p.m. the ceremonial cheesesteak cutting will take place with Analyze This actor Leo Rossi. Rossi is in town working with Tony Luke Jr. in his newest project, Mummer movie, Queens for a Day.
Next up for Tony Luke, a Temple University location at 1801 N Broad is scheduled to open on August 18th.
Tony Luke’s [Official Site]