Mark Sanchez Eats at Pat’s and Geno’s After Win

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Fan shares his cheese fries with Eagles QB Mark Sanchez | Image via 6 ABC

Last night the Eagles dominated the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. And in what might be a record, ESPN went to the well worn cheesesteak trope six minutes into its 8 p.m. broadcast. That prompted native Philadelphian and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney to tweet, “My home city is the BIRTHPLACE OF THE UNITED STATES. Why must we be constantly relegated to the home of loose-meat pieces on a roll?”  No doubt, there’s much more to show in Philadelphia than just 9th and Passyunk. Incidentally, NBC’s Sunday Night Football deserves acknowledgement for consistently showing Philadelphia in a less stereotypical light during their broadcasts.

But what last night’s broadcast revealed, besides that analyst John Gruden did not react well to a Geno’s Steaks sandwich years ago, was that Mark Sanchez had not had a cheesesteak since joining the Eagles.

Sanchez, who is celebrating his birthday today, made good on his on-air statement that he would have cheesesteaks from both Pat’s and Geno’s if the Eagles won.

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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 »

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. [Playboy.com]

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.

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