1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa./Santangelo's

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joerogo
Filet Mignon
2008/04/02 15:58:44
I stopped for breakfast today at one my favorite RoadFood joints. Santangelo's Cafe, 1513 E Ridge Pike in Norristown, Pa.

While Santangelo's will give any Philly establishment a run with its cheese steak Zep, its the breakfast that I crave. 

 

This is a shot of my Meat Lovers Breakfast Zep. Sausage, bacon, pork roll and eggs for $6.00. For another $1 I add roasted long hot peppers and cheese.

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My friend ordered the Italian Omelet. Sausage, pepperoni, provolone, sauce and eggs. Again, only $6.00 with toast. He also added the roasted Italian long hots. [/img]

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Well theres my first trip report. Be kind.[/img]


post edited by joerogo - 2011/05/26 07:54:13
ann peeples
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/02 16:14:40
Very nice photos!!!Looks fabulous!
divefl
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/02 16:33:28
Nicely done. Is that cheese or gravy on your breakfast. Being in the North, I'm going to guess cheese.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/02 16:45:23
quote:
Originally posted by divefl

Nicely done. Is that cheese or gravy on your breakfast. Being in the North, I'm going to guess cheese.


Cheese on the Zep and pasta sauce in the omelet. I think I'll name my first ulcer after this place. Sorry about the sideways picture.
HotDogHead
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/02 17:13:02
Great post! Please keep them coming.
John A
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 07:36:57
You did good joerogo, thanks for sharing.
billyboy
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 07:43:00
Very nice joerogo. Those long hot peppers sound like a great addition to the breakfast! How hot are they? What exactly is a zep?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 08:42:45
joerogo-
Fine effort, especially for a first timer! I love the idea of another Roadfooder out there taking photos of their food!

Now, you know, we will be expecting more of these.....
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 10:13:33
Thanks all for the kind words.

billyboy, In that neck of the woods Subs are called Zepplins or Zeps for short. The long hots are my favorite, not too hot and great pepper flavor. I put them on everything.



ken8038
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 11:35:56
<<In that neck of the woods Subs are called Zepplins or Zeps for short.>>

Is there some difference, like Zeps never have letuce on them or something? I was at Eve's Lunch on Sandy Hill Road a few years ago while passing thru Norristown. Great Zeps, but I don't remember exactly what made them different from Hoagies/heros/Subs. --Ken
joerogo
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 13:11:54
As far as I can tell, no difference, its just a name.
ChiTownDiner
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 13:40:57
Nice job...I still can't get it right!
RC51Mike
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 17:39:38
Zeps do not have lettuce and are usually made with cooked salami although growing up I always got a hard salami version. It is a highly localized term in a small area of Philadelphia's western suburbs.
matilda
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/03 19:43:45
Nice job! Thanks!
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/29 17:50:07
I was in Norristown today so I thought I would add to this thread. If you are in the neighborhood I would highly recommend a stop at Santangelo's. Less than one mile from 476/Blue Route.

I took a shot of the steaks and hot sandwich page of the menu.

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I ordered The chicken superimo. There had to be a pound of perfectly cooked chicken tenders along with provolone cheese, roasted long hot peppers and broccoli rabe on an 8" roll. The flavors all melted together and complemented each other. $8.00

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My friend ordered from the Special board. The Philly Cheese Steak Belly Buster. Chipped steak, provolone cheese, mushrooms, fried onions, roasted long hot and pepperoni. I'm not going to say anymore, just post the picture. $7.00 [/img]

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Next time I have to remember to take a proper picture of the front of the place.[/img]
joerogo
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/29 17:57:40
Rather than try to fix my post. Here's the Chicken Superimo.

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I'll get the hang of this yet.[/img]
harriet1954
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/29 18:37:32
Hey, Joe! That was good! I'm going to ask two of my coworkers (a mom and daughter) about Santangelo's. And would you believe they live in Norristown and make a daily commute to Marlton, NJ? They're nuts!
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/29 21:40:46
Joe those are terrific! And those prices are not bad. I have to say, as a Southerner I have like zip experience with the creature known as 'broccoli rabe'--it's the larval form of the broccoli, correct? And is it pickled or fresh?
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/29 22:53:53
Nancypalooza, When you look at the size of the sandwich, The prices are downright cheap. Great Husband and Wife team. My friend got a standing O when he finished his Belly Buster.

The only thing I could say about Rabe' is that it is in the same family as Broccoli. If prepared correctly, its heaven. If not, its as bitter as hell.

Its fresh and comes in bunches with more leaves than crowns. Drop it in boiling water just until it turns bright green. Then strain it and saute with olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Then mix it with pasta, put it on a sandwich or eat it as a side. Believe me, its a beautiful thing.

Joe

P.S. There is a lot I need to learn about Southern cooking.

Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 06:38:46
Thanks for the explanation--that sounds like something I'd like. When you go to learn about Southern cooking, don't let anybody tell you that lesson 1 is chitlins. Chitlins are like, doctoral level.
CheeseWit
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 07:24:06
What I like to get there is the cheesesteak omelette. Yum
douginvirginia
Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 07:35:00
Joe, Great job on the report! Makes me want to go there, it's on my PA list now. Thanks, Doug
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 07:45:46
Nice report, joerogo. You got pix of the front, the food, and the menu. Good work. Those sandwiches look great.

@Nancypalooza: Here is a good little write-up on broccoli rabe. http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/broccolirabe.htm
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 09:08:29
Thanks Don. It really sounds like that mystery green you can get in authentic Chinese places sometimes.
joerogo
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 12:43:19
quote:
Originally posted by CheeseWit

What I like to get there is the cheesesteak omelette. Yum


CheeseWit, As a cheese steak expert. Give me your opinion of santangelo's compared to the "DownTown" places.

Personally I prefer santangelo's. I know they start with frozen beef, but its slow cooked. I believe that helps it retain its flavor. Then you have the price and size. Also great atmosphere.
roossy90
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 16:04:31
My neck hurts from looking at the first photo...LOL.....
But nice report!
joerogo
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 16:13:11
quote:
Originally posted by roossy90

My neck hurts from looking at the first photo...LOL.....
But nice report!


Be nice now, that was the first picture I ever posted.
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 16:22:58
quote:
Originally posted by joerogo

quote:
Originally posted by roossy90

My neck hurts from looking at the first photo...LOL.....
But nice report!


Be nice now, that was the first picture I ever posted.

Anyone who knows me here, knows I am nice...
I like to joke alot!
But that Chicken Suprimo sure does look good!
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/04/30 20:51:32
Yeah . . Joe, Tara (roossy90). Tara, Joe. She's a nut, you'll like hanging around her.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/05/01 08:09:07
quote:
Originally posted by Nancypalooza

Yeah . . Joe, Tara (roossy90). Tara, Joe. She's a nut, you'll like hanging around her.


Hey, What's nutier than people who take pictures of their food. I guess we're all in the same boat.

Joe
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/05/01 09:36:08
LOLOL--you are correct sir.
ellen4641
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/05/01 17:18:12
Welcome to the "posters" club! Nice job for your first one!
roossy90
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2008/05/02 23:31:30
quote:
Originally posted by joerogo

quote:
Originally posted by Nancypalooza

Yeah . . Joe, Tara (roossy90). Tara, Joe. She's a nut, you'll like hanging around her.


Hey, What's nutier than people who take pictures of their food. I guess we're all in the same boat.

Joe

Just ask anyone who has seen my purple runza pic!" />
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/17 09:54:58
Roast pork with provolone and rabe. 
 

 
This is one serious good sandwich.  The pork was fall apart tender with lots of garlic.  Life is good.
Foodosaurus
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/17 10:16:10

Joe that looks incredible!  My mouth is watering sooo much right now.  I literally had to make a slurping sound.
acer2x
Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/17 12:28:07
I'll give Santangelo's a try.

I usually go to Pudge's in Blue Bell:

http://www.pudgessteaks.com/

Their website needs an update as they recently moved to a new location nearby on DeKalb Pike(202)
myterry2
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/17 14:05:03
Great report...photos excellent...will be looking for more of your posts.
tarragon
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/17 15:17:28
I was in Norristown very briefly on Sunday; my brother and sister-in-law, however, were able to get me a "zep" and some philly sticky buns from the Corropolese Deli. One word: YUM! The sticky buns, especially, were truly heaven.

Excuse me while I gobble another fish oil pill, though. LOL
Slim Strummer
Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/17 19:22:19
If we measure a successful trip report by whether or not it makes you hungry even if you just ate, then....well, I am hungry again.
joclyn
Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/18 01:53:20
joerogo

Thanks all for the kind words.

billyboy, In that neck of the woods Subs are called Zepplins or Zeps for short. The long hots are my favorite, not too hot and great pepper flavor. I put them on everything.


in this neck of the woods, they're called hoagies (when cold and grinders when hot) - unless the owner of the establishment is from somewhere else.
 
gonna have to check this place out - the food looks GOOD!
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/18 09:42:15
and compared back to your first posted photos on page 1, you seem to have learned some tricks there sir!
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/18 14:19:43
Nancypalooza

and compared back to your first posted photos on page 1, you seem to have learned some tricks there sir!

 
Did you notice that the building isn't sideways anymore?
 

 
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/18 15:45:06
Glad this old thread got revived, or i would have missed that pork and Rabe sandwich...oh God that looks like heaven and I've got to try it!!!
MiamiDon
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/18 18:06:00
Joe,

I totally forgot this thread.  The wife and I have been on a long-term weight-reduction mode of eating, and that photo of the breakfast zep is like heroin to an addict.  Boy does that look great.  And like 2000 calories!
analei
Double Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2009/09/24 14:10:17
Nicely done, Joe!
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/22 16:44:36
SANTANGELO'S IS CLOSED
 
I was looking forward to a breakfast sandwich on a hard roll with Taylor pork roll and long hot peppers this morning.  I got a broken heart instead.
 
Anyone have info about why they closed?
 
My guess would be pressure.  They were always busy, maybe too busy.  
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/22 17:08:51
joerogo

SANTANGELO'S IS CLOSED

I was looking forward to a breakfast sandwich on a hard roll with Taylor pork roll and long hot peppers this morning.  I got a broken heart instead.

Anyone have info about why they closed?
 

My guess would be pressure.  They were always busy, maybe too busy.  

As an owner I cannot believe too much pressure, one gets use to high pressure. the real pressure is when there isn't any pressure!
Sorry about your loss, I'd eat breakfast there every day if I lived close enough, great pics you posted Joe, since 08.

BillyB
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/22 17:38:07
Hey Joe, your visit and trip report was the kiss of death. I can only worry that your last visit to Seattle will bring the same result, stay out of my town.....................
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/23 17:19:52
BillyB

Hey Joe, your visit and trip report was the kiss of death. I can only worry that your last visit to Seattle will bring the same result, stay out of my town.....................

 
I thought you sold hot dogs in Jersey?
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/23 17:49:46
Sorry to hear about this. I was lucky enough to have had a Superimo after reading your post (I posted about it somewhere but apparently not in this thread) and stopping there on the way back to NJ from a morning meeting nearby. Great, and unique, sandwich!
 
So, thanks again.  
 
Hey, my wife just asked me to make a quick run to the Asian Produce market over in Plainfield for a few things for tomorrow's Christmas Eve dinner. And on the list is Broccoli Rabe. Maybe I'll ask her to cancel the Lasagna and make Chicken Superimo instead. Right....
BillyB
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/23 19:46:23
joerogo

BillyB

Hey Joe, your visit and trip report was the kiss of death. I can only worry that your last visit to Seattle will bring the same result, stay out of my town.....................


I thought you sold hot dogs in Jersey?


Doesn't everyone........
Curbside Grill
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/24 07:32:26
BillyB

joerogo

BillyB

Hey Joe, your visit and trip report was the kiss of death. I can only worry that your last visit to Seattle will bring the same result, stay out of my town.....................


I thought you sold hot dogs in Jersey?


Doesn't everyone........

 
BillyB     Cart still open this time of year in Jersey.

CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/24 09:24:20
THEY ARE OPEN!!
They moved in August. They are a few blocks west of where they used to be in a building that once was the Conte Luna Pasta Plant.  
910 E. Main St., Norristown, PA   610-292-9912  M-F 7-3; Sat. & Sun. 7-2
www.santangeloscafe.webs.com
 
 
 
joerogo

SANTANGELO'S IS CLOSED

I was looking forward to a breakfast sandwich on a hard roll with Taylor pork roll and long hot peppers this morning.  I got a broken heart instead.

Anyone have info about why they closed?

My guess would be pressure.  They were always busy, maybe too busy.  


joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/24 09:55:30
CheeseWit, Thanks for the great news!
 
CheeseWit

THEY ARE OPEN!!
They moved in August. They are a few blocks west of where they used to be in a building that once was the Conte Luna Pasta Plant.  
910 E. Main St., Norristown, PA   610-292-9912  M-F 7-3; Sat. & Sun. 7-2
www.santangeloscafe.webs.com



joerogo

SANTANGELO'S IS CLOSED

I was looking forward to a breakfast sandwich on a hard roll with Taylor pork roll and long hot peppers this morning.  I got a broken heart instead.

Anyone have info about why they closed?

My guess would be pressure.  They were always busy, maybe too busy.  



CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2010/12/24 11:02:35
You're welcome. I've been there a few times since they moved and there's much more room inside and it's way easier to park now.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2011/05/25 21:54:03
I was at the new Santangelo's today.
 
Beautiful place, expanded menu, same great food.  
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2011/05/26 08:07:12
I did an official review for Santangelo's.
 
Bruce, you did make the process easier, thanks.
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
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RE: 1st Trip report - Norristown, Pa. 2011/05/26 09:25:15
Thanks go to Stephen.  He made the changes, not me.  Glad to hear it's working well.