Fade In – Fancy Bougie Gift Shop in a downtown Philadelphia Hotel
A somewhat haggard looking customer places on the counter 2 Gatorades, a liter of water and diet coke. He scans the back counter where the Over the Counter medicines are located.
Customer – “May I get 2 packages of Advil and some Imodium AD please?”
Cashier – “That will be $39.75 will you be paying cash or credit?”
Customer – “Credit and I don’t need a receipt.”
Cashier – “Sir, I hope that you get over your ‘Flu’.”
Way back when the Monday Lunch Club was in full force each Monday at lunch we would convene at Heavenly Hoagie on Union Avenue to recap the weekend, brainstorm new business ideas, and bust chops with Pete the owner. We were convinced that Pete was either in the witness protection bureau or the personal bookie for The Mob. I mean no disrespect to Pete but the man couldn’t remember shit or a food order to save his life. I mean I ordered the same thing week after week and he never got it right.
Pete’s specialty sandwich was a Philly Cheesesteak since he was from South Philly. Prior to when we moved up here I had never visited Philadelphia nor had an “authentic Philly Cheesesteak wit wiz.” The bread, the steak, the onions, the cheese wiz, it was a good thing and it kicked the ever-loving shit out of Lenny’s sandwich or other deli’s that have a Philly on the menu.
This past weekend we were in Philly for Pepe and D3’s child’s birthday. On Sunday we awoke in the hotel and were needing grease, cheese and bread and cheese fries. I confirmed with Google that we were close to Geno’s and Pat’s but on the list was Steve’s Prince of Steaks. We decided that this was going to be our choice as it was the closest to our hotel.
I opted for the double meat – double cheese and went with “wit wiz” and it didn’t disappoint at all. I knew that this place was going to be a good one because anyone who has Cheese Fries has to be good. Hey I just got back good results from my blood work last week so I figured that I could ‘go off plan’ a tad.
The Cheesesteak and fries didn’t disappoint. It was spot on!
The Center City Location
The Menu was pretty much like Pete had minus the Fries. I always wondered why Pete would sometimes put Marinara Sauce on my hoagie. It was “Pizza Sauce”
Where the Magic Happens
When you get >45 you appreciate getting good results like this
I didn’t know if I should salute or eat it!
It would be considered rude to show an empty wrapper so I am going to post this one halfway through.
The Neighbor is probably drooling on her iFoam right now
No Disrespect to Pete, Geno or Pat but Steve’s Prince of Steaks is on point! And it helped my bad case of MPH.