The web site CityPASS has created an infographic of the fifteen most outrageous foods in America. And in what must be a point of pride, three of the dishes are from Philadelphia.
PYT, which is the brightest lightbulb for list making moths that there is, makes the infographic for its “Sarancha Burger,” a burger doused in a combo of Sriracha, Ranch and Salsa. Varga Bar’s crab fries, that actually come with crab, also make the list. And thirdly, a food so outrageous it requires two stops, the Philadelphia Taco. The Philadelphia or sometimes, South Street Taco starts with a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak that is then wrapped with a giant slice of Lorenzo’s Pizza around it.
15 of America’s Most Outrageous Foods [CityPASS]
Tony Luke’s, which has locations from Baltimore to Bahrain is heading to the Lehigh Valley. The storefront will open at 806 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown before the end of September. The new location is a franchise owned and operated by Praveen Vig who operates restaurants at Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos. Vig was looking for a location in South Jersey when the Allentown opportunity presented itself. The location is one block from the PPL Center, Allentown’s new indoor arena, which will be home to the Philadelphia Flyers farm team.
Tony Luke’s to open Allentown location in Sept. [Morning Call]
The official City Government of Philadelphia Twitter feed is really on board with efforts to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philly in 2016. Whoever runs the feeds has been documenting the site selector visit — replete with actual cheerleaders (and not just the rhetorical, civic kind played by Ed Rendell) — all morning.
Yes, cheesesteaks are already involved.
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Jimmy G’s Steaks next to the Divine Lorraine.
Jimmy G’s is a relative newcomer to Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene, opening in 2013. The location sits below the Divine Lorraine where Broad Street intersects Ridge Avenue. Though the building that houses Jimmy G’s is a large corner property, the cheesesteaks are ordered at a window similar to Pat’s or Geno’s in South Philadelphia. And this Broad Street cheesesteak place also only offers outdoor seating in the lot next to the cheesesteak stand. Jimmy G’s offers roast pork, roast beef, chicken steaks and French fries in addition to cheesesteaks, but on a splendid summer afternoon, we were hankering for a cheesesteak.
Jimmy G’s offers the option of chopped versus slab steaks. We tried one of each.
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First Street Steaks is coming to Front and Girard this August. Michael Klein reports that the sandwich shop will be open from morning to night, serving breakfast, hoagies and of course cheesesteaks.
Owner Steve Rodriguez promises Carangi rolls, a filet tip sandwich and his own “White Whiz” sauce.
Cheesesteaks under the el [The Insider]
First Street Steaks and Hoagies [Foobooz]
Philadelphia is one of six cities bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the DNC has announced when it will do site visits. Democratic officials will visit the city on August 13-14.
That’s soon! Though we only need to clean up the parts of the city politicians will see, that’s still a lot of work: Do you think we can just sweep all of the Arctic Splash containers and cheesesteak wrappers strewn about Philadelphia under a rug and no one will notice?
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