Philly style cheesesteaks map
While we spent most of our recent weekend in Philadelphia geeking out on comics and Star Wars, we still had to eat. Since we weren't in the mood for a hike out to Rudy Giuliani's fave spot, we ducked into the Reading Terminal Market for a taste of Rick's.
Like most steak spots, Rick's is a no-nonsense affair. There's a menu, but why consult it? Just order your sandwich "whiz with," slathered with Cheez Whiz and topped with onions. These sandwiches are big--but not so big you can't finish 'em. Just make sure you don't have anything scheduled for after lunch.
On the other hand, if you're on an all-out eating binge, you're in the right spot. Aside from Rick's, the market has a ton of other grub. We'd recommend the Amish baked goods, but anything's pretty much worth a shot.
The cheesesteak is as sacred to the natives of Philadelphia as the image of Rocky running up the steps of the Art Museum. Even with a trans-fat ban looming, people come from miles around to participate in the age-old ritual of stuffing your craw with Cheez Whiz. (Don't even ask if you can get real cheese on it instead!) In the stiff market for the cheesy crown, one restauranteur is suing to keep his primo spot where the tourists play (and, having played, get hungry).
Rick Olivieri has tended Rick's Philly Steaks in the Reading Terminal Market, a garden of delights from Amish doughnuts to spring rolls, for some 25 years (and claims a relationship to the mysterious inventor of the super sub). When he learned he was being evicted in favor of a rival shop, Tony Luke's Old Philly Style, Olivieri promptly sued, claiming he had an oral agreement with market management. Can't they just have a Whiz-off?
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Unfortunately, when we're referring to the oily meat-mountains known as cheesesteaks, we mean heart-stopping literally. People are always yapping about cheesesteaks and Philadelphia: the two things are practically synonymous, like Lindsay Lohan and rehab. We think the steaks are worth mentioning now though, because they're about to change: starting September 1st, Philadelphia is enacting a trans-fat ban. What does that mean for you? The time in which you can most effectively clog your arteries is running out. Rather than give you the tourist run-down, though, here are the steaks that are atypical, authentic, and award-winning: