Alan Richman Ranks His Ten Favorite 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.

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

Super Sweet! Max Brenner Opens in Center City

It’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory come to life. Willy Won … — um, Max Brenner — has brought his vision of chocolate heaven to 1500 Walnut Street (his 16th location worldwide). With 4,200 square feet of space that seats 115 (half the size of his New York flagship in Union Square, but just as sweet) and a liquor license, Brenner turns chocolate into theater. There will be a full menu of sandwiches, entrées, and salads (plus cocoa-powder-dusted fries) on offer.

The restaurant is scheduled to open July 1st, but Max gave us a one-on-one tour this morning — click over for our walkthrough. — Allison Stadd

Photo by Elizabeth Malleus

Quick Bites

The Morris House’s Restaurant M is coming back. You’ll be able to drink and dine outside Sunday through Thursday. [The Insider]

Pat’s Steaks cheesesteak makes Playboy’s list of America’s best sandwiches. There’s a safe-for-work slideshow too. []

Sometime this fall or winter we may see the opening of the Commonwealth at 1320 Chestnut Street above Mitchell & Ness. It will not be a lounge, but an “adaptable social environment.” [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Mustache Bill’s on Long Beach Island recognized with an America’s Classics Award. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

The owners of Gia Pronto will be bringing a pizzeria to Penn’s campus where Savory on Spruce, Tony Luke’s and the Triangle Diner have all resided. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

D.P. Dough is confident they’ll be “slinging ‘zones” on 40th Street by the end of July. [D.P. Dough]

Speaking Of Martha….

Martha Stewart was at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News headquarters where she chose a favorite cheesesteak between Pat’s and Geno’s.

National Recognition

Esquire Magazine names Pat’s Steaks one of the best steaks in America joining a list of tonier spots like Peter Luger, The Palm and many others. [Esquire]

Imbibe Magazine names Tria, Eulogy, Monk’s Cafe and Standard Tap among the top 100 places in the US to have a beer. [Beer Yard]

Wine Spectator gives major shout-outs to two of our cheese shops, DiBruno Brothers and Chestnut Hill Cheeseshop both make the list. [Wine Spectator] via

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