It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Hello, readers! I’m finally moved and settled into my new home for the next 3 years: Philadelphia. So far, I am loving this city: home to Benjamin Franklin, the Phillies, a vibrant art community, and of course, a phenomenal dining scene. Oh, and it really is always sunny (or at least, since I’ve gotten here).

I thought it would be apropo for my first Philly post to be about a quintessential, almost sacred food tradition in the city. Of course, I’m talking about none other than the Philly cheesesteak: that chopped steak and melted cheese stuffed hoagie that Philadelphians are crazy for.

There is still fierce debate over who really invented the cheesesteak, but many sources say it was created in South Philly during the early 1930s. Guidebooks usually recommend Pat’s or Geno’s, which are located across the street from one another and both claim to have invented the cheesesteak first.

My first Philly cheesesteak experience was not at either of those famous spots (though of course, I plan to go to both of them eventually). It was at Mom’s, a tiny, non-descript food cart located near Independence Hall. 

Now, I am no cheesesteak expert, and I’m sure fans would say that Mom’s isn’t the best cheesesteak in the city. But, it was really tasty and made fresh to order. I added mushrooms and opted for provolone on mine, and it arrived toasty and full of tender, chopped beef. Plus, at $5, it was a steal for lunch.

I’d like to go back and try Mom’s pizza steak, a cheesesteak topped with spicy marinara sauce and extra cheese, or any of the other dozens of affordable hoagies listed on their menu. Next time you find yourself starving after a tour of Independence Square, head down the street to Mom’s! (Exact loction TBA!)


7 responses to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

  1. From a Philly native living in DC, I urge you to go to Dalassandro’s. It’s cheesesteak heaven and the real thing. Everything else is just ehhh.

  2. have gotta update the blog…wanna know more about Philly food hotspots!!

  3. Try the food trucks in West Philly, in University City (Penn/Drexel campuses). They go way beyond subs and pretzels: Indian, Chinese, vegetarian/hipster… My favorite when I was in town was the fruit salad truck at the corner of 34th and Walnut. I think there are one or two fruit salad trucks in Center City, too.

    Also, you must go to Capogiro (there are several locations) for truly transformative gelato. And check out Pastoral on S. 13th. Sadly, it’s often oddly uncrowded for such a satisfying Korean restaurant.

    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks so much for the very helpful tips! I’m actually going to law school right at 34th and Chestnut, but have yet to try the fruit salad truck…I’m excited to though! I ate at Magic Carpet which is near it; really good! And I LOVE Capogiro; it’s near my apt, which is so dangerous for me (and my wallet).

      Also, your blog looks great! And thanks for reading mine!

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