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Old 06-04-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I think the poster was joking around. Anyway, I think pan-fried scrapple would fit into that category.
Sort of. . .I was looking at food items that don't say Philadelphia to me. For the most part they looked like foods that you can get just about anywhere, at least regionally far beyond Philadelphia. Take scrapple, for instance, you can get it at least down through the Carolinas.
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Old 06-05-2017, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Sort of. . .I was looking at food items that don't say Philadelphia to me. For the most part they looked like foods that you can get just about anywhere, at least regionally far beyond Philadelphia. Take scrapple, for instance, you can get it at least down through the Carolinas.
Shoot, you can get cheesesteaks almost anywhere in the country now, it seems.

I have a rule of thumb about such places:

Any place that says it serves "Philly steaks" doesn't.

There is a place in my hometown that I intend to test on my next visit, however: Grinders, a pub, bar and concert venue (indoor and outdoor) in the Crossroads Arts District, at the south edge of the downtown. (It has a popular First Friday open-galleries event that began about the same time that the one in Old City did here.)

When I ate there in 2014, the menu prominently featrued a section labeled "Original Philly" over an upside-down Liberty Bell; the menu went on to explain that theirs was "Voted Best Cheesesteak West of the Mississippi." (By whom, it didn't say.)

I wasn't feeling cheesesteaks at that lunch, so didn't test the claims. It's been long enough since then that the menu may have been completely revised, but that's a boast I think I still need to check out.

I did take home a bottle of their "Death Nectar" hot sauce. (I'm a hot sauce aficionado.) It's not that hot on the Scoville scale (though at 200,000, it's hot enough), but since pure capsicum oil is an ingredient, it delivers a jolt of pain at the end.
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:10 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Dutch Eating Place (in Reading Terminal Market) a f***ing fantastic breakfast for $9.00 including tip. Also Philly has the oldest Italian restaurant - Ralph's in the country (the previous oldest closed some years ago in San Francisco). Went there recently, and to my appreciation, not a damn tourist in sight.
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Old 06-05-2017, 12:23 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Shoot, you can get cheesesteaks almost anywhere in the country now, it seems.

I have a rule of thumb about such places:

Any place that says it serves "Philly steaks" doesn't.

There is a place in my hometown that I intend to test on my next visit, however: Grinders, a pub, bar and concert venue (indoor and outdoor) in the Crossroads Arts District, at the south edge of the downtown. (It has a popular First Friday open-galleries event that began about the same time that the one in Old City did here.)

When I ate there in 2014, the menu prominently featrued a section labeled "Original Philly" over an upside-down Liberty Bell; the menu went on to explain that theirs was "Voted Best Cheesesteak West of the Mississippi." (By whom, it didn't say.)

I wasn't feeling cheesesteaks at that lunch, so didn't test the claims. It's been long enough since then that the menu may have been completely revised, but that's a boast I think I still need to check out.

I did take home a bottle of their "Death Nectar" hot sauce. (I'm a hot sauce aficionado.) It's not that hot on the Scoville scale (though at 200,000, it's hot enough), but since pure capsicum oil is an ingredient, it delivers a jolt of pain at the end.
Totally agree about anything called Philadelphia/Philly cheesesteak. There's also a fun factor involved with telling people to get a jar of cheese whiz.
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Old 06-06-2017, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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A couple things. First, the RTM has gotten ridiculously crowded, to the point where you can barely walk in there and it's difficult to sit down at a table without hovering over someone until they leave. If you are going to,go, I would recommend going before 11:30am. Second, Jims is probably the worst steak I ever had in Philly.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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A couple things. First, the RTM has gotten ridiculously crowded, to the point where you can barely walk in there and it's difficult to sit down at a table without hovering over someone until they leave. If you are going to,go, I would recommend going before 11:30am. Second, Jims is probably the worst steak I ever had in Philly.
Ah, no, that's a bit too late. For Dutch Eating Place, for breakfast, get there when it opens. Not so easy, I realize, if you're not a morning person.

At this point RTM is pretty famous in the country. It's obviously grown into a huge tourist trap.
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Old 06-08-2017, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Ah, no, that's a bit too late. For Dutch Eating Place, for breakfast, get there when it opens. Not so easy, I realize, if you're not a morning person.

At this point RTM is pretty famous in the country. It's obviously grown into a huge tourist trap.
Problem for me is, I love their bacon cheeseburgers and corn bites (or are they nuggets?) and they don't serve them until about eleven.
When I need a DiNic's, I can always get a seat a little after eleven. It IS getting ridiculous ... when I just go to shop, I get there between eight and nine and it's not too bad.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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Problem for me is, I love their bacon cheeseburgers and corn bites (or are they nuggets?) and they don't serve them until about eleven.
When I need a DiNic's, I can always get a seat a little after eleven. It IS getting ridiculous ... when I just go to shop, I get there between eight and nine and it's not too bad.
It's been crazy in there for a long time. But, thank goodness, it still feels very Philly.

There was some story about Filbert St, next to RTM, getting closed to parking and traffic, cleaned up and better lighting for outside seating. I like that idea but have heard nothing else about it.
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