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Don’t get Johnny upset

28 Apr

Chef Johnny is a Greek god when it comes to sandwiches.  Honestly, I salivate every time I think of the Atomic Meatloaf Meltdown (grilled meatloaf, Jack cheese, Inner Beauty hot sauce, and red onion jam on sourdough) at All Star Sandwich Bar — I mean, all the other sandwiches are amazing too, but this particular one really gets me every single time.
But when our waiter boasted having the best cheesecake, I was skeptical and mentioned Junior’s, which got Johnny worked up, so Johnny struck a deal: one slice, and if it weren’t comparable then we’d get another slice, free of charge, to take home.  Let me tell you, I was floored when the dessert plate came out; the cheesecake and chocolate mousse were even more surprising!
Don’t get Johnny upset ’cause he will shut you up with Oreo cookie goodness.  Did I mention there were Oreo cookie crumbs in the chocolate mousse?


The “ultimate cheesesteak”

23 Apr

Named Philadelphia’s favorite, John’s Roast Pork was a location that reminded me of Johnnie’s Beef in Chicago — a stand on the outskirts of a big city with hungry, waiting crowds.  And like Johnnie’s Beef, I was very satisfied with my divey eats.
Cheesesteak with sharp provolone, onions and banana peppers
The publicity and James Beard Foundation Award did not lie.  I came to Philly for its cheesesteak (the Boyfriend, for its roast pork sandwiches but I obviously tried some anyway); I had quite a few in the past but none of them came close to this one sandwich.  There’s something comforting about gooey provolone over 12 ounces of thinly-sliced, grilled beef and onions, and John’s Roast Pork has got it right.
Roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone and spinach
I must admit I was disappointed that the namesake sandwich was not as expected.  Maybe it’s personal taste, but I didn’t like the funkiness of the pork, and the spinach could not reach the bar set by the garlicky broccoli rabe at DiNic’s.  If you want roast pork in Philly, go to Reading Terminal Market and head toward DiNic’s stand.

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