Sunday, March 25, 2012

Food Adventure: Pennsylvania

This weekend we made a quick trip up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While there we had to make a really tough decision: Would we eat a Philly Cheesesteak at Pat's or Geno's? The Philly Cheesesteak is the state food of Pennsylvania, and we knew that to get a really good cheesesteak we had to go to the South Philadelphia intersection where the "best cheesteak" war rages. Pat's King of Steaks was the restaurant that started first; Pat actually claims to have invented the Philly Cheesteak. Geno's came along a few years after Pat's opened its doors, and people say that Geno's Steaks perfected the cheesteak sandwich. Either way I'm sure that both restaurants are delicious, but we went with Geno's -and all I can say is wow. Somehow when you combine thinly sliced beef, a soft hogie roll, caramelized onions, and cheese wiz you get a food creation that can only be described as perfect. On our way over to Geno's we had a local cab driver who had lived in Philly his whole life. Luckily he gave us a heads up about how to order at Geno's. He said, "When you order you either say 'Wiz with' or 'Wiz without', don't be a provolone snob." Sound advice. Wiz with obviously means a Cheesteak sandwich with cheese wiz and with onions and a Wiz without is the same thing only without onion. We both ordered a Wiz with and some some "freedom fries" and waited patiently while they put our order together. Once we got our food we found an open table and got down to business. The thinly sliced meat was a little crisp on the edges because they cook it on a flat top grill, the cheese (which they were very generous with) was gooey and warm and the onions added a whole other dimension of flavor. The white bread was soft and the perfect vessel to get the meat, cheese and onions to my mouth. Over all I'd say that this is one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. Adam concurs. Although I'm still not sure if he even tasted his it was completely gone before I even had a chance to have my first bite. Pennsylvania, thank you for the Philly Cheesesteak! It will not soon be forgotten.

On our "yumm scale" we rated Geno's Steaks Cheesesteak Sandwich a Holymolycanioiyumm!

For your reference the "Yumm Scale" :
1. Yuck
2. Yu...
3. Yumm
4. Super Yumm
5. Holymolycanoliyumm!

1 comment:

  1. dude, you look good. and i'm not talking to the philly cheese steak.