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That Time John Kerry Ordered a Cheesesteak “With Swiss”

1914: Amoroso’s Baking Company, established in Camden in 1904, moves to Philly. Hey, it starts with the roll. 1930: Pat Olivieri, a South Philly hot-dog […]

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Who the Hell Invented the Cheesesteak Egg Roll?

There was a time — barbaric and unenlightened, assuredly — before the cheesesteak. (What do you think “B.C.” stands for?) When Pat Olivieri grilled the […]

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The Cheesesteak, Reconsidered

It’s always a bit strange when a Philly-based publication writes about the cheesesteak, let alone this one. If the sandwich was truly invented in 1930, […]

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The One Cheesesteak You Should Never Eat

Jolie laide — literal translation “pretty-ugly” — is a French term used to describe something beautiful in its hideousness. Like a lumpy heirloom carrot, or […]

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The Birth of Vetri

At the end of 1993, I was 23 years old, working for Aramark as a corporate food service director, and living on Long Island. Fortunately, […]

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Even Philly’s Fanciest Restaurants Have Hardcore Regulars

By the 15th course, we all started looking pretty dumb — nine of us, slack-jawed, watching Jesse Ito push slivers of fatty bluefin tuna (flown […]

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8 Things to Eat and Drink in Philly Right Now

1. Corned beef sandwich at the Rooster Michael Solomonov’s for-good-not-profit eatery Rooster Soup Co. has rebranded as the Jewish deli — with booze, l’chaim! — […]


Don’t Come Between Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click here for the full archive. […]

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How Cookie Till Became the Queen of Margate

There are exactly three ways to get a summer-weekend dinner reservation at Steve & Cookie’s in Margate. Option 1: Go to the restaurant in person […]


Philly Restaurants Are Teaming Up to Help Local Youth Become Culinary Leaders

Selena Natal always loved to cook. As a kid in North Philly, she learned from her abuela, who was always in the kitchen, morning to night, as well […]


Here’s Proof That Philly Restaurant Profit Margins Really Are That Small

The great surprise of the Philly restaurant boom — an unprecedented decades-long jump in creativity, aesthetics and national prestige — is that the business of […]


Eat This Now: Pit-Roasted Pork at Lechonera Principe

Lechonera Principe claims to be the only restaurant in the region that’s licensed to run a proper Puerto Rican-style brick charcoal pit, located in the […]


The 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia: Summer 2018

It’s officially summertime in Philadelphia, which is, without a doubt, the absolute best time of year to eat out in the city. We’re in produce heaven. […]


Drink This Now: Beaver Butt Whiskey at Art in the Age

The folks at New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling are known for the unique flavors of their spirits: their Art in the Age line of cordials and vodkas comes […]


It’s Diving Horse Season, and They’ve Got a New Menu

If you haven’t made your first shore trip yet, here’s a great reason to get down there: The Diving Horse in Avalon has given their menu […]