Day Six - Wednesday, January 2 - Philadelphia, PA to Baltimore to Richmond, VA
sent me on a mission to pick him up a couple of Italian hoagies from a place called Cosmi's Deli
. This is a favorite of the Philadelphia-based Eating Team
[url='http://eatingteam.net/hoagies/hoagies.htm']Eating Team's hoagie rankings[/url].
I followed someone else in, so I figured I found an open gold mine! When I walked up to place my order, I was greeted by the owner (he seemed to be the owner - and talked like the owner) who told me that he was happy to help me - but, they didn't really open for another 20 minutes. Of course.
While he delegated the making of the subs, the guy I chatted with was exceptionally friendly, and we talked a lot about Philadelphia neighborhoods, my travel plans, and the state of the world. I am confident that my friend with whom I stayed doesn't even know this place exists - and she lives about seven blocks away.
I had already eaten one of my pretzels, but I felt a lot better about my selection when I saw this:
Apparently, the different pretzel bakeries all sell their wares around town.
signman suggested that Cosmi's makes the best steak in town (perhaps also a determination of the Eating Team?). I just couldn't see myself ordering and eating a cheese steak before 10 am. In my estimation, cheese steaks also are not likely to travel well for later consumption. So, I ordered the Italians for signman, and got myself the egg sandwich I was initially in search of.
My understanding is that Cosmi's uses Sarcone's bread for their sandwiches. While I was there, I saw someone delivering bread, but I didn't see who it was. It seemed odd that Sarcone's would be closed, but they would seem to need to deliver to their corporate accounts, no? Either way, the bread on this sandwich was significantly better than anything I can get in Florida. Temrini Pastries
is located practically right next door to Cosmi's, and signman suggested that it might be worth a stop. I am sure that I don't need to tell you - it was closed.
At the corner of my friend's block, Carman's Country Kitchen
, a stop that she recommended for my breakfast was - well, closed. But, I still took a picture anyway because I liked this sign. For all those who support the views espoused by the gang at Geno's, there is someone else willing to spend their cash. Geno's may feel that the cash spent by non-English speakers isn't welcome, but, many businesses in the area don't feel the same way.
The Official Behind the Steering Wheel Driving and Eating Shot
Seriously good driving-while-eating food, and didn't slow me down one bit for my meet-up in Baltimore.
One of the A-#1 prime highlights of the trip was being able to meet up with signman
and to finally meet i95
at G&M Restaurant
. I already detailed that trip [url='http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24323']here[/url]. I won't re-hash again, except to say that the crab cake sandwich at G&M for lunch is a HUGE deal - ~$12, with fries and bread. Our visit with i95 was way too short, as he is apparently not able to lead the life of leisure that signman and myself can! Hopefully, it will not take years to do a repeat.
signman was able to spend a bit more time showing me around Baltimore - in particular, a visit to Lexington Market
I couldn't get a clean shot of the sign with no street lights, trees, or power lines, so I just went for the "artsy" photo!
Lexington Market isn't quite on the same level as Reading Terminal Market
, which you may have noticed I missed on this trip! Still, there is a plethora of food choices there - catering to the racially and socio-economically mixed crowd that frequents the Market.
I picked up some peanuts for the drive from Konstant Peanuts
. In the foreground is one of their roasters, as all of their peanuts are roasted on premises.
This place had some fabulous looking turkey and fixin's. They were pulling one of the birds right out of the roaster and carving while I was there, but the pictures just didn't turn out (not real good with low light situations on the new camera yet!).
One of the places that signman really encouraged me to stop was Berger's Bakery
, where they make homemade cakes, cookies, and pastries.
signman encouraged me to try their namesake cookies - which had to be an incredible deal at $4.29/lb.
These are cakey cookies with a thick layer of almost fudge-like chocolate on top. I would say that they are kind of like black-and-white cookies, without the white, but the chocolate is significantly thicker and richer tasting than on anything you would find on a black-and-white. I purchased a one-pound box to take back to the office and another one-pounder to eat on the way. To give you an idea of this cookie - there are only maybe 8 or 9 in a pound - they have some heft.
On the way back to my car, signman, knowing my penchant for all things baseball, drove me past the Babe Ruth Museum
[url='http://www.baberuthmuseum.com/'](web site)[/url]. The folks there were friendly, but you can't get past the gift shop without plunking down some coin. The Babe is great - but, I will pay money for the National Baseball Hall of Fame - but not the Babe Ruth Museum. I was able to snap this, though...
That's all for today. The next segment will include the drive to Richmond and me getting yelled at - I mean reamed - by a restaurant employee for taking pictures!