Joe’s Steaks Adds Fishtown Location

joes-steaks-sodaJoe’s Steaks + Soda Shop (formerly Chink’s) is adding a location in Fishtown. The new Joe’s Steaks will be located at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues, in the long vacant Acropolis Diner. The new location will have seating for 50-60 guests and will offer an expanded pickle and pepper bar. A grill in the front window will mirror the original shop’s layout. Owner, Joe Groh says “this move was inevitable for the continued success of the restaurant.” Groh hopes “the larger space and vibrant location will create a whole new generation of Joe’s lovers.”

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Alan Richman Ranks His Ten Favorite Cheesesteaks

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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.

Here’s the top-ten list and some of our favorite zingers »

Wit Wine: A Cheesesteak and Wine Pairing at Joe’s Steaks

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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, which saw a successful “eat-in” last Saturday has another one scheduled for tomorrow. Looking for another way to support Joe’s Steaks which has been receiving some backlash for changing its name from Chink’s? On Sunday, South Street’s Jet Wine Bar will be doing an odd but fun collaboration with the Northeast Philly cheesesteak shop. Joe’s will be serving up a three-course dinner of beef and chicken cheeesesteaks with cupcakes for dessert. Each course will be paired with wines chosen by Jet Wine Bar owner, Jill Weber.

The three-course dinner is just $18 and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Eat for a Less Racist Cheesesteak

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On Monday, Stu Bykofsky reported for the Daily News that Joe’s Steaks (formerly Chink’s) had taken a hit in business since dropping the name based on a racial slur. Old regulars are boycotting owner Joe Groh over the name change and some who do go, can’t help but show their disdain. Groh and his staff have even had to deal with graffiti attempting to reestablish the old name (see above).

All of this strikes the Philly Post’s Joel Mathis as preposterous, so he’s planning an eat-in for this Saturday at the Northeast Philadelphia steak shop. See the Facebook event for details.

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Summer Milkshake Series at Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop

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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop (formerly Chinks) is offering a special summer milkshake series to compliment their revered cheesesteaks. In addition to their traditionalflavors, each month will feature a new flavor to cool down those sweltering summer days. July will feature Strawberry Cheesecake, while August boasts Double Dunker. Additionally, Joe’s is offering their Orange Creamsicle all summer long.

And if that wasn’t awesome enough: on the first day of summer (Friday, June 21st) you can grab a friend and head to Joe’s for buy one, get one free Orange Creamsicle shakes. Simply say the key phrase “Cool It” to buy one shake and get one free.

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Chink’s Steaks Is Now Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop

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Philadelphia cheesesteak institution, Chink’s Steaks is dropping the controversial name the business has had since it opened in 1949. Joe Groh, who worked at Chink’s for twenty years before purchasing the business in 1999 is rebranding the spot as Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop. Named for the original owner, Sam “Chink” Sherman, the name resonated for the man and not as a slur. But today, Groh says “it is very important to me, my family and the entire staff that we no longer inadvertently alienate anyone in the Philly community. We are very excited to move forward under the new name, Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop.”

The new name also stresses the shop’s devotion to sodas, milkshakes and egg creams, which has been part of the business since its opening. Groh looks at the rebrand as a chance to create his own legacy, one he hopes to pass down to his son Patrick, who has been working at the cheesesteak shop since 2008.

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