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Subject:Cheesesteaks
Time:02:02 am
Philly

After a lovely evening at a comedy club, Bill and I went off in search of cheesesteaks. As I'm told is right and proper, it was about 1 a.m.

We tossed a coin to decide between Pat's and Geno's, and Pat's won. Whiz wit, of course. It was quite tasty, and I understand why people are enamored of them. I also understand why people think the Cheesesteak Shop in the bay area does a good approximation, except for the Cheez Wiz part.

As we left, I snapped a few photos with my phone. A couple of guys were getting in a car and yelled out to me. "You taking pictures? What are you a fucking tourist?"

"I'm from California. We don't have cheesesteaks." (OK, a slight bit of artistic license, but most cheesesteak places in the bay area suck.)

"You got sprouts."

That seems to be a good summary of how Philly natives view California cuisine.
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mjosephb
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Time:2008-08-31 11:35 am (UTC)
When I first saw the picture I was like wow - where did she find that on the west coast! It even looks like cheese wiz!

Enjoy Philly.
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caged_ape
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Time:2008-08-31 12:10 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm! Sprouts!!!!
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chellewoods
Subject:Mmmm
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Time:2008-08-31 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've lived in Philly (area) my whole life and I've never had a cheesesteak from Pat's or Geno's! Sad. I think I actually slobbered on my shirt when I saw the picture!
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freelikebeer
Subject:Wit'
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Time:2008-08-31 01:33 pm (UTC)
How long did you study the ordering instructions? Did you practice?
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whipartist
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Time:2008-08-31 01:46 pm (UTC)
I let the pro (local) order.
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jpmassar
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Time:2008-08-31 04:48 pm (UTC)
Good cheesesteaks are wonderful things.

Unfortunately, the best cheesesteaks I ever had came from a
place that closed down in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA circa 1977.

I had a Philly Cheesesteak with Bill, et al, a couple of years
ago, at either Pat's or Geno's. I was not impressed. Cheez Wiz
is, well, Cheez Wiz. Give me top-quality cheese on my cheesesteak
any day over Cheez Wiz.

A place just opened in Berkeley that actually has very good
cheesesteaks; or at least the one time I went the one I had
was top notch. It's just north of Ashby on Shattuck, on
the right as you head north. Significantly better than the
Cheesesteak shop.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2008-08-31 09:08 pm (UTC)
Secret of the locals: everybody orders cheese steak with provolone. The Cheez Wiz is to torture tourists.
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greeklady
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Time:2008-09-01 05:45 pm (UTC)
Ok good I was going to ask.

The local place in San Jose is called Amatos. I get a shorty with. Fantastic but I have never had any from Philly myself. They do not do cheese wiz. I do not understand the allure of it. They have that cheese for the fries.

Anyway... worth checking out.
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tiurin
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Time:2008-09-01 12:43 am (UTC)
I've never understood Cheez Wiz.

Hell, I've never understood American cheese. Why we want our cheese to have a cartoony radioactive glow is beyond me.
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ts4z
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Time:2008-09-01 01:40 am (UTC)
FYI: Amato's, in San Jose, does what I'm told is a passable approximation of a Philly cheesesteak. They'll do Cheez Wiz, although they default to a provolone. Saratoga, about two miles south of Garden City.
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greeklady
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Time:2008-09-01 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ha! I just gave her the link to the website. I love amatos!
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njchick
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Time:2008-09-01 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yum. That's a great pic. Makes me want to have one for breakfast :)
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