My friend Nikki was having a birthday party in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago. So a few of my friends and I decided to take a road trip from Connecticut to see her. Even though my friends aren't as into food as I am, the knew I was going to have to make some stops Day 1: Friday May 15, 2009. Edison, NJ.
It's about a five hour drive from the middle of Connecticut to Philadelphia, so my first thought was to see what was on the way.... And boy did I luck out! Edison, NJ is almost exactly half way. I was so excited that I was finally going to get to go to Harold's New York Deli Restaurant.
As we were walking in we saw two men, each with both hands full of carry-out bags. Once we sat down and were given our menus;
we ordered our drinks.
Three waters, two Chocolate Egg Creams with Fox's Ubet,
And the biggest Chocolate Shake
I've ever seen.
Obviously my friend Ray felt the same way.
The it was time for the "World's Largest" Pickle Bar and Rye Bread.
I went with 2 Half Sours, Health Salad,
1 Kosher Dill,
and 1 Sour.
The half sours were perfect and the health salad was as good as I thought it would be. I also took four slices of very
fresh Rye to make two additional sandwiches out of the Pastrami that I ordered.
While we were waiting, the next table over had ordered what can only be described as; a Pancake Pizza
. I didn't actually notice it on the menu, so I'm only guessing by the size. It also looks as thought it is chocolate chip.
First to arrive at our table was a very large Potato Knish
, with plenty of spicy mustard. I wasn't able to take any pictures after cutting into it, because my hands began to not be "camera appropriate."
Then came Ray's (Goyish) Bacon Cheeseburger
with what seemed to be an entire slab of bacon!
And finally, the moment that I had been waiting for..... My (smaller of the two sizes, aptly called the "Large") Pastrami Sandwich
with even more spicy mustard.
God Bless America!
I made two more sandwiches out of it; one for Jeff and one for myself to be drunken leftovers later that night. While making the sandwiches, I noticed that the napkin kindly stated, "Please do not open." Which we found quite peculiar. Once opened, this is what we saw.
On our way out I had to take some pictures of the Cakes
in the cooler, I was flabbergasted at the size.
Then I noticed the selection of Dr. Brown's Sodas
that they had; including a whole shelf of Cel-Ray
. Sorry grandma, I still can't do it. I had recently had a Cream Soda
when I was at Mohegan Sun, so I decided to have a Diet Black Cherry
, which was a little too sweet. I'll stick with the cream from now on. Day 2: Saturday May 16, 2009. Philadelphia, PA.
I've only been to Philly twice in my life. The first time was on my 7th Grade field trip, and I didn't have a Philly Steak Sandwich. So the second time that I made it out there, last year at this time; I had to make up for lost time by having two "Whiz Wit" from Pat's King of Steaks
I decided that this year should start off the same way. But I wasn't going to slam two of them this time.... I had other places in mind for afterward.
Obligatory shot of "enemy territory."
Directions for ordering:
One Whiz Wit
still on the counter.
A couple shots of the meat and cans of Whiz.
My first bite.... I look a bit too happy.
After Pat's we decided to go right up the road to try another staple of Philadelphia Cuisine, a Hot Pretzel
from Center City Soft Pretzel Company
But I GOT TRAVELING MANED
! I guess I truly am a Roadfooder now. We didn't get discouraged; well, I didn't. I think my friends had about had enough of all of this. They allowed me one more stop though. And this was the one I was really looking forward to. Tony Luke's Roast Pork
We ordered 1 Roast Pork
, and 1 Roast Pork Italian with Broccoli Rabe,
to share between four of us.
The pictures here didn't come out very good because of the lighting. This is the only one that came out remotely well. I just couldn't wait to go to the car, I had to dig in right there.
So overall I think I'd have to say that I can understand why people are saying the Roast Pork Italian is the "Next Big Thing" in Philly. But once it makes its way on to menus at bars around the country, it too may lose some of its luster. But to get the real thing you'll have to make the pilgrimage to Philadelphia, PA.
On our way home Sunday afternoon I had to snap one more picture of a local favorite. Tastykake "Tasty-Klair Pie."
It tasted almost like a Hostess Fried Pie, but you could tell it was baked. It also tasted much fresher than most convenience store pastries.
My friends and I had a great time on this trip. And I even think they enjoyed following me and my camera around. Can't wait to do it all again soon!
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