Fourth of July, Philly Style: The Hot Dog Cheesesteak Hoagie

 

We were there when Dan Levy, Lead National Writer at BleacherReport.com and hot dog enthusiast created the hot dog cheesesteak hoagie. Today he shares the story on Foobooz. 

What do you do in a town known for cheesesteaks and hoagies when on our nation’s day of independence (and barbecues), when everyone in America is inhaling hot dogs as quickly and consistently as humanly possible? Combine them. Combine them all. That’s what we did at The Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ a few months ago, accidentally creating the greatest hot dog based sandwich a Philly taste bud could imagine.

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Apples and cheese, please pop over to the Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ. [apples and cheese, please]

The Best of Foobooz: May 6, 2009

A Mexican Staycation
Who needs drug wars and swine flu? Spend your Mexican vacation at home. Read the Full Post on Foobooz

Zahav Turns One
Mark your calendar: Zahav turns one on May 20th, and they’re throwing a party. Read the Full Post on Foobooz

Spring Menu at Cochon

The Queen Village BYOB unveils its new spring menu. Don’t worry — still plenty of delicious pork. Read the Full Post on Foobooz

Quick Bites

Drew Lazor has the latest on Prohibition Taproom, the soon to open bar by Cafe Lift owner Michael Pasquarello. [The Clog]

Michael Klein has the latest on Bistrot La Minette on 6th Street. Opening is said to be a month out. [Food and Drinq]

Collingswood’s Pop Shop was selected Philadelphia’s 2008 Parents’ Pick for Best Family Friendly Restaurant by Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Awards.

Hummus is set to open at 40th and Walnut next to the under construction Radian complex on Penn’s campus. The self-serve restaurant will feature falafel and other pita wrapped sandwiches. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

Also in the awards category, Moore Brothers topped the Zagat Wine Shop category in the Zagat “New York City Gourmet Shopping & Entertainment Guide 2009.” [Moore Brothers]

Foobooz At The Pop Shop


Well last night was my TV debut on the Food Network as Drew Lazor of City Paper and I were judges on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The show took place at the Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ and featured owners “Stink” Fisher and Connie Correia Fisher and their famous grilled cheeses.

With the exception of an unfortunate double entendre things went well and I’m sure it will be good for the Pop Shop even if their delicious Calvert sandwich didn’t beat Bobby Flay’s brie, goat cheese, bacon and green tomato creation. Everyone I watched the show with were impressed with the Pop Shop’s sandwich and the prospect of trying 31 others. Why not head there this month, after all it is national grilled cheese month.

Grilled Cheese [Food Network]
The Calvert [Recipe]
Grilled Brie and Goat Cheese with Bacon and Green Tomato [Recipe]
Pop Shop [Official Site]

Bobby Flay At Pop Shop

Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay challenged the Pop Shop in Collingswood, New Jersey to a grilled cheese throwdown yesterday and Arthur Etchells, editor of Foobooz was there as a judge. But don’t even think of asking who won before the show airs this spring. That’s one secret that isn’t get let out.

South Jersey got a shot of television glitz and glamour Monday as celebrity chef Bobby Flay came to the Pop Shop for a grilled cheese-making contest for a future episode of the Food Network’s “Throwdown! With Bobby Flay.”

Flay squared off against Stink and Connie Correia Fisher, co-owners of the popular Haddon Avenue eatery whose menu features 31 varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches. For the show, which is scheduled to air in the spring, the Fishers pitted their Calvert sandwich against Flay’s creation, dubbed the “Five B” by one of the invited guests at the taping.

Chef Bobby Flay visits Collingswood [Courier Post]

Parenthood, More Than Chucky Cheese

Best Kids Menu
Our friends at Dancing Meatballs gave us a couple good suggestions for family friendly restaurants that don’t have a giant mouse for a mascot. Their first suggestion is the Pop Shop in Collingswood “which has an extensive kids menu, ‘school nights’, kids events like Saturday morning pajama party, stroller accessibility, diaper changing stations, and wait staff who deal well with kids.” Even at the top end there is room for kids. “The Fountain at Four Seasons has the most kid friendly wait staff I have ever met. A tired and grouchy kid can be offered everything from free balloons, coloring books and crayons, to a visit to the kitchen and a room to rest in.”

So where else is there where the sight of a child in a stroller doesn’t prompt eye rolling by the staff and the amenities to keep a child occupied extend beyond a set of broken crayons.

Leave your suggestions in the comments.

The Pop Shop [Official Site]
Fountain Room [Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia]