Is Philly Still a Wawa Town?

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A confession: One small matter that has kept me from feeling like a complete and true Philadelphian is that I have no loyalty — none — to Wawa.

This is not entirely my fault. When I moved to the city in 2008, it was impossible to avoid the chain’s catchy commercials urging viewers to “start your day on a roll/with a Wawa breakfast hoagie.” The tune was relentlessly cheery, relentlessly overplayed and simply relentless. I think I spent November of that year singing the jingle to myself over and over again. Wawa tried to capture my mind, and it certainly did.

It was just never around to capture my heart.

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Gotta Try: Chinese/Vietnamese Hoagie

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I’m not exactly sure how you pronounce the name of Mi Dac Ky, the newest restaurant addition to the bustling Washington Avenue food district. But I do know that I want to try their “Chinese/Vietnamese Hoagie”: Peking duck, housemade duck liver pate, cucumber, carrots, jalapeños and cilantro on a French baguette. Read more »

The Original Lee’s Hoagie House Closes After Almost 60 Years

The original Lee’s Hoagie House on Cheltenham Avenue has closed. When Lee’s started at 19th and Cheltenham in Mount Airy in 1953 they became part of the Philadelphia food tradition and the neighborhood. Since that first opening Lee’s has licensed 16 more shops across the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Insider reports that the original Lee’s changed ownership last year and ever since then the quality of the namesake brand had not been maintained at that location. The site was rebranded Lee’s at Cheltenham when the new licensee took over, but Lee’s partners have asked the shop to remove the “Lee’s” altogether. The shop then closed.

Luckily for Philadelphians those 16 other locations are still up and running and this change does not affect any other shops. After almost 60 years it is sad to see an original go, but it looks like the Lee’s brand is here to stay.

Lee’s Hoagie House [Official Site]

Around the Web: Classics Edition

Food photographer Jason Varney has been photographing some classic Philadelphia dishes. Above is his photo of a Sarcone’s Italian hoagie. Boy we could go for one of them now. [Fussing with Forks]

Philly Phoodie makes a cheesesteak pilgrimage to Chink’s Steaks and comes away impressed. And now we really want a cheesesteak. [Philly Phoodie]

Hawk Krall heads to Blue Bell for a “damned good” zep and hoagies at Pudge’s. [Drawing for Food]

Hawk also gets tomato pie at Corropolese as part of his dad’s East Norriton birthday. [Drawing for Food]

Two Eat Philly discovers that Vic Sushi still can make a tasty specialty roll. [Two Eat Philly]

Scissors and Spice discovers the vegetarian cheesesteak at Monk’s Cafe. [Scissors and Spice]

Win A Year’s Supply of Hoagies? Oh, Hell Yeah…

Over at uwishunu, they’ve got a complete list of everything that the Visit Philly folks are doing in honor of National Sandwich Day (which is coming right up on November 3). It’s a lot of stuff–from rolling out a “hoagie finder” on the Visit Philly website to choosing an official “With Love” hoagie for the city of Philadelphia–but the coolest (and possibly most life-altering) thing they’ve got working? A contest where you could win a year’s supply of hoagies from various iconic shops around town. And that, my friends, is a lot of damn sandwiches. First thing I would do if I won? Fill a swimming pool with them and paddle around in it like Scrooge McDuck in his vault full of gold coins. Then I would just get wicked fat…

Anyway, in order to enter the sweepstakes, you have to be a part of the Visit Philly Facebook contest. And to be a part of the Visit Philly Facebook contest, you have to go to the Visit Philly Facebook page, which you can find right here.

Visit Philly Celebrates The Hoagie [uwishunu]