Once upon a time in Bossy’s hometown of Philadelphia lived a cheesesteak. In fact many cheesesteaks live in Philly, and for sport, Philadelphia natives like to argue which cheesesteak is the best. Dalessandro’s, Jim’s Steaks — you could fill a sports arena with the various opinions, and in fact, here in Philly, we do just that.
But from Bossy’s point of view, the best cheesesteak has always been Pat’s.
Pat’s Steaks is located in the heart of South Philadelphia, which means Rocky jogged past it on his way to the Art Museum steps. On the opposing corner is yet another cheesesteak place, Geno’s, which is arguably the best, emphasis on argue.
To this end, a couple of months ago Bossy’s son devised a taste test to determine which of these two Philadelphia mainstays, located at the same intersection, truly makes the best cheesesteak.
The results were inconclusive. Bossy’s son’s best friend appreciated the fact that Geno’s doesn’t chop their meet to the degree that Pat’s does, and overall the taste-testers agreed that Geno’s did a better job of assimilating the cheese with the bread. However Bossy’s son decided that when the bite was perfect, containing the exact ratio of cheese to bread to chopped steak and fried onions, you can’t beat Pat’s.
Meanwhile Bossy determined Geno’s has one thing Pat’s definitely does not have:
Bossy can sum up her city’s local delicacy, and who makes it best, in this way: Tony Luke’s Pork Broccoli Rabe with Provolone probably beats cheesesteaks.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about your local delicacy, and where to get it?
And be sure to check back later today for the best resource list of regional food on the web!
If you missed last week’s Ten-Word challenge, go here to read about the many interesting crossroads Bossy’s council has encountered in their lives.
marathonmom saysJune 15, 2010 at 10:57 am
Arriba spicy black bean dip – only now at Central Market.
Heather saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:01 am
Vienna beef + poppy seed bun + pickle + mustard + onion – ketchup = heaven
BossysMom saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:04 am
Anything at Reading Terminal Market just a quick trainstop away.
Lisa saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:06 am
Pierogies, halushki, halupki, and potato pancakes, found at any local church bazaar in the Wyoming Valley of NE PA. Mmmmm, I love summer in NE PA!
Meg T. saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:07 am
Phoenix, AZ: Carolina’s bean and potato burrito. Unstoppably awesome.
hollygee saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:09 am
That would be barbecued Tomales Bay Oysters with cocktail sauce.
Mary K saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:11 am
Home grilled chinook salmon bought fresh from Pike Place Market.
Michele saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:16 am
Boiled peanuts from any Georgia roadside stand; always spelled p-nuts.
Meredith saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:20 am
Two Nathan’s Hot Dogs with banana/pistachio soft serve swirl at Denny’s. From where else? Brooklyn!
(Yeah, that was longer than 10 words….you wanna make something of it?)
Lauren saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:22 am
Shrimp & grits from Mr. Friendly’s in Columbia SC. YUM!
Sallie (FullTime-Life) saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:22 am
Grouper sandwich. Andy’s Seafood. Matlachea Island (near Ft. Myers FL)
Amy saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:23 am
Texas-Two-Step (not in Texas–but Zambia) serves Nshima & Relish.
Kris saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:26 am
Inch and a half thick ribeye, medium rare, Country Neighbor.
Kris saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:30 am
PonzaRotta from JImmy’s Grotto…Waukesha, WI. Cheesy pastry grease bomb.
Connie Harbor saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:37 am
Mike’s Hot Dogs, Homewood. Handshaped patties, grilled onions, special sauce.
bossy's friend amy saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:39 am
Chowder (red or white) from Smitty’s (you can’t lick our clams) Clam Bar in Somers Point NJ.
pam saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:49 am
BLT Pizza at Fool’s Gold, Webberville, Michigan. The Best. Period.
kristin @ going country saysJune 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Mulberry juice. Available ONLY at Blackrock, far as I know.
Golden saysJune 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Am I weird? I don’t think I have ever had a cheese steak. And my little town? It isn’t exactly known for it’s food. There are a couple of Applebee’s chains and a a couple of pizza places. I did a little dance when a sushi place opened. I wasn’t impressed though. I did like their Coconut Lemongrass soup though.
MemeGRL saysJune 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm
If you haven’t, try John’s Roast Pork for pork AND cheesesteak perfection. YUM.
Totalspacecadet saysJune 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm
A rich, frothy, perfect latte from Caffe Ladro, Seattle, Washington.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJune 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Lobster roll, Cold beer. Adirondack chair, Kingman Marina/ Cape Cod.
lora saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Geno’s is racist. Pat’s is meh. Tony Lukes trumps all.
Linda_M saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Southern Nevada local delicacy? Surely you jest! 🙁
Joie saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm
That’s one reason I don’t like Geno’s, though I always thought their steaks were tastier. I think next time I will just ask Pat’s to put extra wiz on my steak. All that said, who knows what the people at Pat’s believe about immigration….but at least they don’t advertise it.
Tawny saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm
I am originally from Maryland so our claim to fame has to be the jumbo lump crabcake. I favor a local eatery in Solomon’s Island, MD called Stoneys – my husband adores another local eatery with several locations including Annapolis, MD called Jerry’s Seafood. No matter who says they have the best crabcake one thing should always be the same JUMBO LUMP Blue Crab Meat.
Also thanks for the heads about Tony Luke’s Pork Broccoli Rabe with Provolone, sounds divine. Speaking of Broccoli Rabe – first time I ever ate it was at a local Philadelphia eatery called Monk’s Cafe. Take about great mussels, burgers, and fries. So good!!!
BECKY saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm
pad thai at bangkok wok. orgasm in my mouth. amen
Sheri Bheri saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm
french fries, cheese curds, gravy – POUTINE!
Jenn saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Texas barbeque at the Salt Lick baby. BYOB
Jacquie saysJune 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Fish tacos at South Beach with icy Pacifico con limon.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJune 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Burger And Beer Joint. South Beach. BEST burger EVER eaten.
The Domestic Goddess saysJune 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm
With you on cheesesteaks. Pork with rabe? Not so much.
Dawn's Dad saysJune 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Shark and bake on a beautiful beach in northern Trinidad
Blog Princess saysJune 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Churassco’s chicken sandwich at St. Lawrence market makes me drool.
Caroline saysJune 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm
What could be more local than ones own backyard? It’s yielded unbelievably delicious avocado, rose apples, pomelos, apple bananas, rare yellow strawberry guava, and currently, the best lychee we’ve ever tasted. It’s breaking my heart to leave it.
Timmy saysJune 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Kielbosa and krout with spicy mustard from Mary’s diner, Havertown.
Carroll saysJune 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Not an entry (Cupertino CA has, what??? Other than incredibly delicious and eclectic ethnic food of all persuasions, I’m stumped) just a rousing cheer for you for publicly dissing that sign, Bossy. In Philly of all places you’d think there would be *some* awareness that we all originally came from “someplace else”!
Polt saysJune 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Hagerstown MD: Ham and Cheese sub from Freddie’s Subs, with any fixins!
rockle saysJune 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm
I prefer Jim’s Steaks, West Philly location, Wiz wit’ please.
Philly saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm
We travel the 40 minutes south on 95 to Tony Lukes. I must say their chicken cutlet hoagie wit sharp is by far the best
jp saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm
Portugues Bread@ Something Natural……………
I miss Nantucket!!!
(painter’s backs are lovely this time of year also!)
alanaransley saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Olde Tyme Grocery roast beef poboy in Lafayette, LA. Yum!
alanaransley saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Yes, I’m from Louisiana and don’t like seafood. Weird, huh?
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Publix Supermarket Deli Subs. Better than any other sandwich shops!
ZDub saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Micro brews and smoked brisket at Rocky Mountain Brewery. HOLLA.
Diane saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm
pork verde chili at local pub with ice cold cider.
Deb Rox saysJune 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Gulf shrimp, oysters, boiled peanuts, margaritas and beer = Florida’s Panhandle.
ScottsdaleGirl saysJune 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Shredded beef taco plate at Los Olivos (Old Town Scottsdale)
bossy's friend martha's sister saysJune 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que pulled pork Syracuse, Rochester or NY, NY dinosaurbarbque.com
Sierra saysJune 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm
Crisp amaroso’s roll cradling beef , caramelized onions and whiz!
Editdebs saysJune 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm
SuperDawg hot dog, Chicago, best in the world. I love!
David saysJune 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm
Nick Tahou’s garbage plate in Rochester, NY after many beers.
LizP saysJune 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm
available at u-pick farms
southern Willamette Valley Oregon
MYinTX saysJune 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm
Tastiest Fried Chicken ever at Babe’s in Roanoke, TX. BYOB
Sheryl in Wa saysJune 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Have enjoyed reading your website for a couple of years now. Have tried to ignore all political commenting thus far. Can’t anymore. Won’t be back. I didn’t come from somewhere else: I came from here. My ancestors came from somewhere else. Legally. Then learned the language and customs. I am thankful that they did. It’s what I would do now if I emigrated to a non-English speaking country. Legally. Learn the language. Not try to turn it into the country I just left. Tolerance is good. Too much tolerance is dangerous. Have a good life, Bossy.
kathleen saysJune 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm
Pasta fazool The Dove on the beach it is the best
Jenn @ Juggling LIfe saysJune 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Our ballpark serves sushi. You can stop laughing any time.
Lynn in Tucson saysJune 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Sonoran hotdogs, baby! (And I’m so with you on the Geno’s thing.)
unmitigated me saysJune 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm
Get a coney dog in Detroit at Lafayette Coney Island.
here’s my second entry:
About that sign? I can say, “Bite me” in English.
KathyB saysJune 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm
Rebecca Ruth bourbon balls a home grown delicacy Frankfort KY
dgm saysJune 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm
I’ll go with fish tacos at one of many little taco stands, and the breakfast burrito at Antoine’s.
Marjorie of Connecticut saysJune 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm
Perfect fried seafood. Can’t tell you where. It’ll be overrun.
Catherine McP saysJune 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm
Hometown Mpls. Matts bar, wonderful dive, Jucy Lucy burger..heaven.
Dacia saysJune 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm
My ten word Tuesday response fails word limits – Sorry Bossy.
Because – I’m with Bossy as far as Geno’s. Except that I won’t eat beef, or whatever other red meat substance from which “cheese steak” is made. Which brings me to another point – how come Bossy didn’t get derailed about “What is *cheese steak* exactly?” That is precisely the type of thing Bossy would ask!
The sign is bad. Also, why is “Speak English” in quotes? Is it like air quotes? A joke of some sort? A snide commentary? I do not know.
Catherine McP saysJune 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm
Now Cave Creek Arizona, El Encanto Mexican restaurant, Pollo Fundido.
Catherine McP saysJune 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Home with Philly Mr McP, makes his own cheesesteaks! Best!
Gette saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm
Valentino’s, Montevideo MN: Pie. And Pie. Did I mention Pie?
Kelly, The Glass Dragonfly saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm
Fort Collins, Colorado…does BEER count as a local delicacy???
Bonnie saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm
Mt. Zion Baptist Church – BBQ – Gospel Style! – Huntsville, TX. Hallelujah!
Bonnie saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm
Classic Tex Mex – Joe T. Garcias – Ft. Worth, Texas. Arriba!
Bonnie saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm
Fish Tacos, Berryhill Hot Tamales, Houston, TX. With a Cerveza!
Lisa V saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm
Okay, I have to tell this story.
Our favorite Mexican restaurant is owned/run by immigrants. One night we were in there and there was a table of 16 next to us. The children were running wild. The adults were taking turns standing outside the front door smoking. One of the women ordered a “chimaneychangey”. The waitress asked her to repeat what kind of “chimaneychangey” she would like. The woman rolled her eyes and said “the normal kind.” When the poor waitress left the table the woman said to her friend “I wish when they come to this country they’d learn to speak the langige”.
My teenager said under her breath – “I wish she’d learn to speak the langige.”
Guess the folks at Geno’s don’t care for tourist dollars do they?
Bonnie saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm
Homemade Chocolate Popcorn – The Chocolate Bar – Houston, TX. Oh My!
Annie saysJune 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm
I’m torn … between agreeing with Michele about Georgia’s boiled p-nuts … and the super, fabulous Portuguese rolls I bring home by the suitcase-full from Palmer’s Supermarket in Darien, CT …
CS saysJune 16, 2010 at 12:39 am
Mt. View, CA: La Bamba Taqueria’s carne asada burrito . . . drooolinghhhh.
rachael saysJune 16, 2010 at 6:21 am
World’s Best fry-up at The Jazz Cafe in Bath England.
Sewmouse saysJune 16, 2010 at 7:25 am
Deep Dish Pizza from Giordanos, or perfect hotdogs from Portillos!
yvonne nc saysJune 16, 2010 at 7:42 am
Eastern NC BBQ. Vinegar based ~ coleslaw, hushpuppies. Not tomato. Bullocks.
Sandy_Shoes saysJune 16, 2010 at 8:30 am
Number 23, lora, you bet Geno had to learn English
km saysJune 16, 2010 at 8:33 am
cliched rivalry Pepe’s and Sally’s. Pepe’s known for white clam pizza.
Oddly, Americans abroad are renowned for speaking English not the native tongue of the land they are visiting, truly believing that slowly and loudly helps.
Also skirt flouncing exiter Sheryl -how do you know the non-English speaking immigrant is illegal.? The immigration officer that made me write my English sentence had worse English than I did. My sentence was “I came here today by bus and train”. Rocket science !!!! There was a spelling error on the 5 question test that they gave me.
And my last cynical comment is ; it’s absolutely amazing how everyone’s ancestors were the perfect immigrant. The country must have had zero crime, zero unemployment and zero other languages to be heard. Amazing!
Debbie saysJune 16, 2010 at 8:47 am
Tony Luke’s Pork Broccoli Rabe with Provolone definitely beats cheesesteaks
WebSavvyMom saysJune 16, 2010 at 9:06 am
–>Doumar’s creator of the waffle cone, Norfolk, Va.
mandy saysJune 16, 2010 at 9:21 am
Sweet tea, BBQ, blue cheese coleslaw, collards in Charleston, SC
Kate saysJune 16, 2010 at 9:29 am
Chicago: hot dog from Woofy’s, pizza from Lou Malnati’s.
St. Louis: salad from Pasta House; toasted ravioli from Culpeppers; concrete from Ted Drewe’s, gooey butter cake (my favorite bakery closed but it’s everywhere).
I hope I don’t encounter a similar sign when I go to France this summer or I’m in trouble.
Dawn in Austin saysJune 16, 2010 at 9:37 am
Anything out of a converted Airstream! Austin, TX
GrandeMocha saysJune 16, 2010 at 10:00 am
If I found a similar sign in a non English speaking country, it wouldn’t bother me. I wouldn’t be able to read it.
Jami saysJune 16, 2010 at 10:20 am
Dry rub pecan smoked brisket at Dozier’s. Or Swinging Door.
Jami saysJune 16, 2010 at 10:26 am
But Dawn’s is a close second!
Tami in NY saysJune 16, 2010 at 10:51 am
Pork, lamb, chicken or beef spiedies – Binghamton, NY
km saysJune 16, 2010 at 11:11 am
GrandeMocha, you made me snort out my coffee 🙂
Amy in NJ saysJune 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm
Jims jims jims jims jims jims jims jims jims jims
And people who put up a sign insisting that others speak English really ought to make sure they have mastered it themselves. Those quotes have no business being there. The panda says, “No.”
I’d really better learn some Italian before I go to Rome this summer.
Suniverse saysJune 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Chicken shwarma or shish tawook salad. Bye-bye LaShish [tax fraud].
Meg T. saysJune 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm
Can I second Dawn in Austin? oh my lordy Torchy’s queso is my favorite food in my home away from home city of Austin.
foolery saysJune 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm
Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale (or Celebration or — ) Yup, beer counts.
NaysWay saysJune 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Wow. And I really wanted to taste a cheese steak from Geno’s. That sucks.
runnergirl saysJune 16, 2010 at 9:34 pm
Wow, more politics than poi today!!! And violators of 10 word tuesday!!! I’ll violate too…..crab and spinach quesadilla they took off menu @ Boathouse in Conshy….and as far as the politics, whether you agree w/ Joey Vento or not, he has the 1st ammendment right to say it, just as Bossy has the right to boycott his business if she doesn’t agree w/ him, and if he doesn’t choose to accept tourist dollars, that’s his choice too. While I see Joey Vento’s point and agree w/ him, I also go out of my way to speak spanish if it helps someone understand, because it’s hard to be in a place that doesn’t speak your language whether you are a tourist or here illegally, and who says they aren’t trying to learn?. Can’t punish all for the sins of a few, and I hope when I travel somewhere, and fumble at my attempts to speak their language, they are kind to me. Joey V’s just frustrated at the illegals and the financial stress it puts the country into. Bossy, I won’t stop reading 🙂
Jessie saysJune 17, 2010 at 8:13 am
Pork Roll and cheese on a hard roll, Trenton NJ!
Tawny saysJune 17, 2010 at 8:43 am
I already commented but just wanted to put my additional two cents in. I think Geno’s is referring to the whole Wit and Wit Out, maybe? It has been so long I forgot how to order at Pat’s. : )
Jen saysJune 17, 2010 at 9:13 am
Strawberries and asparagus. Not together, of course. Any local farm.
So, that was 10 words, but needed to qualify – I am in Southern Oxfordshire, UK. Our local strawberries and asparagus right now are AWESOME.
Blogger saysJune 17, 2010 at 9:46 am
Thanks for the thoughts, you’re making me hungry!! You might find this interesting!
Meg saysJune 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Maryland blue crabs, from the Bay. Crack open and enjoy!
Mary from California saysJune 18, 2010 at 12:48 am
Mar y Tierra Chile Verde in Redwood City – ask Ronny!
Natalie saysJune 18, 2010 at 8:47 am
I try to think of good food– sadly ynone here!
Carol from San Francisco saysJune 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Spicy Chicken Banh Mi — Larkin Street in SF, Little Saigon!
Kelly saysJune 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm
I will never order from Geno’s because of that sign. I DESPISE that shit. There are so many layers of nastiness there.
AngAK saysJune 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm
freshly caught Kenai River Alaskan salmon from my smoker.
Carolyn saysJune 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm
St. Louis–for toasted ravioli or any Italian food skip the chains and go straight to The Hill. Adrianna’s is my favorite!
Leslie B saysJune 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm
Best.Indian.Food.Ever. Hema’s Kitchen off Devon in Chicago. Love it. Even my Indian American mother in law loves it.