WHYY has this new(ish) health-based show attached to Newsworks called The Pulse. It talks to doctors and discusses high blood pressure and cholesterol and all those things that grownups care about. It’s a good show, but rarely catches my attention until, this morning, I heard them talking about cheesesteaks.
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.
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
Last week, Eater Philly ran a photo of rapper Busta Rhymes hanging out at Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia. That was all well and good. But what really caught our interest was an update to the item, explaining that the “Speak English” sign is still being proudly displayed at Geno’s, because its preservation was late owner Joey Vento’s dying wish.
Geno’s recently retained Neff Associates, the same public relations firm that’s been handling the Joe’s vs. Chink’s racist cheesesteak drama. Neff PR director Kylie Flett explains the Geno’s sign situation in an email today:
I wanted to reach out to you personally regarding the newest addition to our client roster, Geno’s Steaks.
As you know, Geno’s is under new management since the passing of Joey Vento. Geno Vento, Joey’s openly gay son is the new owner and operator and I think it is important to inform you, that he does not share all of the polarizing views his Father was famous for.
I think it is also important for you to know that we have retained Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop with this growth. In fact, the work we did, and continue to do for Joe’s, really resonated with Geno Vento.
Our PR counsel and marketing recommendations (I am not sure if you are aware but we also have creative, media buying, social media, website design, etc services in-house) are being taken very seriously over at the Geno’s camp – this is the first time they have ever bought an agency or someone from outside the family into the daily operations of the business.
Our client has reported to us, that per our strong recommendation the ‘American’s don’t press # 2′ sign has been removed.
I can also tell you that we STRONGLY recommended to Geno Vento that the ‘speak english’ sign be removed also. Our recommendation is currently under consideration by the Geno’s Team. Unfortunately, Joey’s dying wish to his son was for the sign to remain, and Geno at this time is choosing to respect his Father’s request.
I can promise you that we have already, and will continue to push for the removal of this sign with our client, Geno Vento. And as a non-US citizen myself, I hope you understand how important this is to us.
At 4:20 a.m. this morning, a still unidentified 30-year-old woman fell from the 12th story window of the luxurious Dockside Condominiums on the Delaware River. She was pronounced dead at 4:36 after after hitting a fourth-floor balcony. It’s unclear whether she jumped, fell, or if foul play was to blame.
A bunch of local athletes and celebrity types have called the place home recently, including Tony Bruno, Darren Daulton, Geno Vento, and once upon a time, DeSean Jackson. Here’s Bruno’s take.
@WaynePezze not me. Some poor woman who was apparently visiting in the bldg either fell off or jumped off a balcony at 4:30am. Very sad.
— Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) August 2, 2013
Here’s a promo video for the joint, to give you a sense for the place.
Lawrence Ordone lost his job, but he kept his honor. When asked by a customer to make him a steak sandwich with American cheese, onion, and ketchup, Subway sandwich creator Ordone flat-out refused. “He wants ketchup on the Philly cheese steak and I have never put — we don’t even have ketchup at Subway — I’ve never put ketchup on anybody’s sandwich.” Then, he self-admittedly “flew off the handle,” challenged the customer to a fight, and told him to “go buy your own ketchup.” Hey Lawrence, if you need work, Geno’s is always looking for employees to berate customers who don’t know how to order. [Gawker]
Dennis Veteri (AKA Claude Giroux) was sentenced today to 11-23 months of house arrest, plus five years probation, for beating up Neal Auricchio (AKA Ryan Callahan) outside Geno’s after last year’s Winter Classic between the Rangers and the Flyers. The brutal cellphone video that first captured the beating is no longer available, but several descriptions of the fight are worth reprinting:
Police in Philadelphia said the brawl started when the Flyers fans in the orange jerseys paid a man who was cleaning car windows to spray a Ranger fan with some sort of liquid.
Then, the fighting began.
…A large white man [threw] off his fur-trimmed coat to reveal a No. 28 Claude Giroux Flyers jersey. The man, described by police as “the main aggressor,” threw the first punch at a man in a Rangers jersey. The main aggressor and another Flyers fan in a Jaromir Jagr jersey then beat the Rangers fan while he was on the ground.
If Veteri won round one, he had no chance in round two. He was caught on tape, already had a rap sheet, and his victim was a former Marine. Like those violent sinners relegated to physical torment in the outer ring of Dante’s seventh circle of Hell, Veteri will be forced to confront his crimes by moving from Jersey to Philadelphia to satisfy the terms of his house arrest. [Daily News]
A local cartoonist and blogger who goes by the name of Sissy Biscuit has dedicated a week of her blogging and painting to the wonders of Philly’s food scene. Her funniest cartoons of the last week include a depiction of Geno’s as a monstrosity straight out of Beetlejuice (above) and Sissy’s dire need for Zahav every night. Check out these foodie doodles along with her other quirky entries at SissyBiscuit.com.
Today Tidy Cats cat litter is offering a #lifestinks Less with a Cheesesteak promotion at noon. Tidy Cats and the PU Patrol will be offering the first 100 people at Pat’s and Geno’s free cheesesteaks starting at noon.
Hustle out and be sure to say hi to the PU Patrol.
Jason Evenchik, of Vintage, Time and Bar fame, is working on another Philly first with three of his current partners and employees: a cafeteria and bar inside a former garage in South Philly that draws its inspiration from the American food truck movement.
No, really. We can’t make this stuff up.