...were my latest two stops in my Philly familiarization project.
Last night, looking for cheesesteak adventure, I hopped on my trusty chow-cycle and pedaled the 22-mile round trip from west philly to Chink's. Despite the swirling gales my trip was well worth it. Cheesesteak perfection. The toasted soft roll is by far my new favorite steak receptacle. The beef not only was juicy and not stringy, but even looked beautiful underneath the gooey american. and where else can you have a steak with a chocolate egg cream?
The only steak I've preferred so far was one I had from Jim's on 62nd st. which was a real shocker. I had tried the south st. branch and didn't like it at all. Dry, stringy, and flavorless, I figured the steaks would be the same at the other branches. But out of desperation one day, I went there and was amazed to find a well-seasoned, juicy steak that wasn't hacked to bits. Am I crazy? Was I lucky or do steaks from different Jim's actually vary? In any case, my search will continue soon with Dallesandro's and Shank's & Evelyn's.
Today I stayed closer to home with Big George's at 52nd and Spruce, having found it on hollyeats.com. To think it's taken me 3 months to find out about it when it's closer than the grocery store I go to almost daily. This is the kind of place you want in the neighborhood. Amazing, inexpensive homestyle cafeteria cooking. I had fantsatic meatloaf smothered in gravy and onions with mac & cheese and heavenly candied yams on the side. With cornbread and iced tea just over $8.
I should point out that they have apparently just changed their name to The Harvest Vine. So maybe the food isn't as good as it once was, but it tastes fantastic to me. The sign out front still says Big George's but the menu inside has been taken down and replaced with a sign that says "the harvest vine - menu coming soon". I'll need to go back very soon when I have room for dessert...