Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Dogged Out

Part of the lifestyle of Lose is the perpetual quest for the best cheesesteak or hot dog. Hey, we know it will kill us, but it's just one moment of a good cigar, you can't resist.
The Philly area is cheesesteak mecca, so there's plenty of places to check out. We've already done several Pats/ Geno's side by side comparisons and inevitably Pat's wins out. Genos does get points for their "speak English or no service" sign, however. Jim's on South St. is also a favorite, but they're a little skimpy on the meat. You can fix that by picking up a slice of pizza at Lorenzo's a block down the street. Dalassandro's is also a favorite but it's sort of out of the way.
While the classic cheesesteak is a "wiz wit", meaning cheeze whiz and fried onions, the "wiz" is very deadly, and in most cases will give you a bonzai in about 20 minutes. So I usually get provolone. But for the authentic experience you gotta get a wiz wit.

As for dogs, there are several favorites. The Dog House in Reading i've been a patron of for 30 years, and the dogs (and burgers) are hard to beat. You just say "two and two, please". That's two burgers and two dogs. Yocco's in Allentown is good too, and you can supplement your 3 dogs with an order of pierogies. Then there's Potts in Bethlehem, which we usually hit at Musikfest (or as we call it, Slutfest). Jimmy John's in West Chester people were raving about, but they have the "skinned" dogs which i'm not a fan of. Hell, we even took a day off and went right to the top dog, so to speak, drove right up to the original Nathan's in Coney Island. While my buddies gave high marks, I wasn't too impressed, the rolls were not steamed and the chili sauce had beans, which is a no-no in my book. Of course the objective at Nathans was to eat as many dogs as you can, and then try to keep from puking as you ride the Cyclone over and over.
After one ride I was already close to barfing, but then i've always had a weak stomach.

I can't even begin to catalog all the places, but check out, a great site which ranks pretty much all of them in the tri-state area.


Blogger slb159 said...

Blog of Leeeuuuse r00les! Good luck, man.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Dip said...

I seem to have neglected the Burgers in this junk food rant. Bar none, the best burgers in the area can be had at the Charcoal Pit, on Wilmington Pike in Delaware. They're so good that a special trip is usually planned just for that occasion, several times per year. Ruby's Diner also makes a mean burger, they have their own "special sauce", too.

3:17 PM  

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