July 14, 2009

Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

When I found out I was going to Philly for work last week, M. immediately requested that I transport Philly cheesesteaks back to Portland. The man loves his Wiz. My first night in town, I walked by Jim's Steaks on South Street, where I've had an awesome, authentic cheesesteak. But as I explored the city, I found out I was staying right next to Reading Terminal Market.

The market reminded me of Broadway Market in Fells Point, Baltimore, where there is always some hot food, some fresh seafood, and some local character. I ended up visiting every day of my stay!

The Amish have a presence at the market, where they show newbie canners like me how it's done.

And, of course, there's a plethora of cheesesteak places in Terminal Market. So before I caught my shuttle to the airport, I zipped over to the market to get two cheesesteaks with Wiz and onions. (And I had the great experience of watching a lady ask what was in a cheesesteak. The counter girl replied, "Cheese... and steak..." Hahaaaaa.)

I randomly chose to get sandwiches from By George! Pizza, Pasta & Cheesesteaks. And while I'm sure I lost some quality on the plane ride home, these babies were still damn good. Nothin' like a visit to the mid-Atlantic to get a good hoagie!

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