Saturday, November 13, 2010
We made our first foray into the Philadelphia cheesesteak wars tonight. One of the guys in the class has a car, so after visiting the Liberty Bell, and Constitution Hall, we decided to take a quick trip South, down Passyunk Ave to try a real Philly cheesesteak. Going on Saturday night might not have been the ideal choice. We ended up waiting in line at Geno's for about 20-25 minutes.
It wouldn't have been much different across the street at Pat's ... look at that line:
The waiting really wasn't all that bad though.
Along all the walls outside of Geno's are a ton of picture of all the famous and/or otherwise important people (ie, police and military) who've eaten there). Plus as you can see in the picture above, there are big windows all around where you can look in and watch them cook.
We even learned in class how to order properly (so as not to get booted to the end of the line). Here was my order: 1, whiz, wit. translation: 1 steak sandwich, cheez whiz, with onions.
We pulled up a curb across the street, near the basketball court and dug in. I guess this is where I get to be a food critic. To be honest, the sandwich was "ok". It was good, but for the price ($8.50 for the sandwich and another $5.50 for fries and a drink) I think I'd just as soon have an O'Charlie's from the food court back home.
That being said, the experience of going to eat at a famous landmark was pretty cool. Even if the food didn't knock my socks off, I'm glad that we got to go, and that now can say I've been there.
I think we're also going to try to get down to Pat's sometime next week, then I suppose I can do a true comparison ... so check back on Monday or Tuesday if you're interested in that sort of thing.
Til then, keep havin FuN!