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Watch Hartnell, Simmonds and van Riemsdyk take Philly cheesesteak tour

Dec 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

Recently, Philadelphia Flyers forwards Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds and James van Riemsdyk took a food tour of the city’s best cheesesteak joints. As a person that likes both cheese and steak, I found this video enthralling:

Now…in the interest of fair and balanced food reportage, I should mention there are two entirely different cheesesteak vendors within the friendly confines of Citizen’s Bank Park, the site of the 2012 Winter Classic. One is Campo’s, the other Tony Luke’s.

What this ultimately means is that — if you’re in Philly for the Winter Classic and looking to exponentially increase your waist size — there are four bonafide cheesesteak restaurants for you to visit.

Eat all four in a single day and your angioplasty is free!*

*Not a valid offer
*Not approved by national cheesesteak council
*Not real in any way, shape or form.

  1. ml3939 - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    1. Geno’s
    2. Steve’s
    3. Pat’s

    Tony Luke’s and Campo’s don’t even compare.

  2. bcjim - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    You know your city is a dump when you hang your hat on chopped up steak mixed with onions on a roll.

    Way to aim high Philly!

    • govtminion - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      Sometimes the simple things in life are best. I’m no Philly fan, but I’m never one to turn down a good cheesesteak. Make fun of whatever else you want to about that city (and I’ll join in), but that’s not one I’ll fault them for.

      …granted, I grew up in a city that believes bull testicles are a delicacy, so… punt. ;)

  3. nikolainyr - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    These guys are missing out on the best cheese-steaks in Philly if they’re staying downtown.
    Chink’s in North Philly on Torresdale tops Gino’s or Pat’s. Amazing bread, 60+ year history, no tourist hype needed. Just a great place that hasn’t changed much over the years because it hasn’t had to.
    For anyone in Philly this weekend for the winter classic, make the trip to Chink’s

    • tjv027 - Dec 28, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      Steve’s Prince of Steaks.

  4. mcfierce24 - Dec 28, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    I’ve only been to Philly once, and I tried 3 places, Pat’s, Geno’s, and John’s Roast Pork.

    I’ll take John’s Roast Pork over the other 2 any day of the week. Next time I’d like to try some of the less famous places.

    We actually have some great places to get cheese steaks up here in RI. Rico’s, J’s Deli are top of the line, and I would put J’s Deli up against any place from Philly.

    • tjv027 - Dec 28, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      Everybody in Philly has their own small joint that they swear by. Mine is Steve’s Prince of Steaks in NE Philly. But if you’re an out-of-towner and you want to hit the big names, Tony Luke’s is the best. The real Tony Luke’s, not the one in the ballpark, would be the better way to go. But if you’re stuck eating in the ballpark, ask anyone with a Flyers jersey on and they’ll tell you to brave the line and go with Tony Luke’s.

  5. hank10 - Dec 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Of course they hit the biggest tourist traps (Food Division) the city has to offer. Geno’s is the better of the two. I always call Pat’s ‘The King of Grissel’. Should have went to Jim’s on South Street or even better, Nick’s Roast Beef on 20th St.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    You really can’t go wrong with any cheesesteak as long as it’s made in Philly. Geno’s. Tony Luke’s. Pat’s. Everyone can argue whose is the best but they are all tasty.

    • mcfierce24 - Dec 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM

      you don’t think there are any crappy places?

  7. rexadelphia8 - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    I wish I had a cheese steak right damn now

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