09/13/17 1:00pm

About a week ago my good friend Kent asked if I wanted to take a road trip to Philadelpia for a “cheesesteak that kicks ass on Pat’s and Geno’s.” I immediately said yes and asked him which place he had in mind. When he didn’t respond, I didn’t sweat it too much for Kent is trencherman to be reckoned with, i.e. one who knows.

We met up around 11 a.m. and got on the road, and Kent informed me we’d be hitting up a joint called Gooey Looie’s, a favorite of the late great Holly Eats. Kent had his order all planned out, a large cheesesteak and several more to go for friends and family. It had been more than five years since his last visit and he was jonesing.

When we arrived in South Philly at around 2 o’clock, we found the truly locals haunt, no tourist trap vibe at all. I was pretty ravenous, but still thought it would be a good idea to get just a small. “One wit wiz, peppers and mushrooms” Kent said to the counterman who quickly interjected, “we only use real cheese.” “I sure hope these guys don’t notice my Mets colored kicks,” I mused as I waited for my order. (more…)

12/24/14 12:56pm

The good folks at Visit Philly have chosen to make me hungry on this rainy Christmas Eve. And I, in turn pass this gift on to you. I’m a Tony Luke’s man—roast pork with provolone, broccoli rabe and cherry peppers—but this highly instructional, hunger-inducing video makes me want to spend a weekend in Philly eating my way through all of its cheesesteaks. I might have to make a road trip just to try the brisket cheesesteak with wasabi spread and crunchy onions at Jake’s Sandwich Board. By the way, how do you take your cheesesteak wit or witout?

06/18/14 12:05pm

“It was off the wall it was so good,” proclaims Queens-based rapper/chef/plus-sized male model/marijuana enthusiast Action Bronson in the latest episode of his Vice show Fuck, That’s Delicious. The object of his affection? The liveracce sandwich at Paesano’s in Philly, which manages to combine fried chicken livers, orange zest, and gorgonzola. Fast forward to the 16-minute mark to check out this inspired creation. (more…)