- I just got the 2011 Philadelphia Zagat in the mail and Lee How Fook was tied for the top rated Chinese in Philly. And Campo's
was tied with 4 others for 2nd in cheesesteaks behind - Tony Luke's.
On our way to dinner we stopped in Signer's Park which is next to Independence Hall. We saw the statue called The Signer.
"The Signer 'commemorates the spirit and deeds of all who devoted their lives to the cause of American Freedom.' The bronze statue, standing 9-1/2 feet high on a 6-foot granite base, was a gift of the Independence Hall Association."
We walked down to South Street and had dinner at South Street Souvlaki
. The large greek salad was very good and the dolmades had a great flavor, though the rice filling was a little dry. We also split a gyro platter and the meat was excellent. We ordered extra pita but the waitress did not charge for it, and her service was spot on the whole meal. Again no inside pictures of the food.
After dinner, we walked back to Penn's Landing where they had a Friday night fireworks display. Not a long show, but very good fireworks and the right price. Saturday
We checked out and went back to the Italian Market
. We first stopped at Sarcone's Bakery
and picked up several Italian breads and a few onion rolls. I'm always jealous of Philly residents as they have so many excellent bakeries to get great bread pretty much whenever they want. The guy ahead of us had a pepperoni roll and it looked so good we had to try one as well. It was the best one we've ever had, not overly bready and a nice amount of pepperoni. Last weekend we were in Pittsburgh and got a pepperoni roll from Mancini's
in the Strip District. Lots more bread and lots less pepperoni. Made us appreciate Sarcone's
We then walked over to Isgro's
for canolli and cookies to take home. It was strange to be in there when it's empty as we're usually there around Christmastime and it's a madhouse.
Next we walked down 9th street, going into various shops, and made our way to Pat's Steaks
. I've always enjoyed the cheesesteaks at Pat's
, and ignored the "too touristy" talk, but this time, we thought the sandwich was a bit on the chincy side. While still better than what we can get back home, it just wasn't up to what we normally get at Pat's.
We walked back up 9th street and stopped in at Claudio's
for a couple of balls of mozzarella to take home. We'd forgotten ice, but there was a Rite Aid up a few blocks on 9th, so we didn't have to go hunting for ice for the cooler. We packed everything up and got ready to leave.
The last decision was wether to go to Steve's Prince of Steaks
for one last cheesesteak, or Tony Luke's
to try their version. We went to Steve's
(off Bustleton) as it has always been my favorite. In retrospect, we probably should have chosen Tony Luke's
as there was a big traffic detour getting to Steve's
off of I95, and we probably could have gotten home an hour earlier had we gone to Tony Luke's
. The sandwich at Steve's
was my favorite of the trip, but I'm sure next trip, when we try Tony Luke's
cheesesteak, it will be right up there. The picture below is from the Roadfood review, but ours looked just about the same as the the picture. Never had a bad sandwich at Steve's
That's all for this trip. I will practice more with the camera so I can post more food pictures from inside restaurants. It's always a great trip to the City of Brotherly Love.
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