Couldn't have said it better. While I wouldn't go as far as to call the cheesesteak "nasty-ass", the Grub Street folks otherwise hit the nail on the head:
"Known all along"
"Country's greatest sandwich"
"Town's signature sandwich"
I was first turned on to this beautiful marriage of meat, dairy, and greens nearly 20 years ago at Tony Luke's, who still makes one of the city's finest.
But, DiNic's takes it to its own indescribable level. The breadth and depth of flavor surpasses anything the cheesesteak can do for my appetite and leaves me feeling less lethargic after devouring one. While living and working in Philly through the 90s, I'd made countless lunches out of stopping at DiNic's stand at the Reading Terminal Market, which was basically my grocery store for anything edible.
In recent years, it's more of a pitstop for me after getting off a train at Market East or also for showing clients a (somewhat less-so now) hidden/insider's gem in the City.
But now, alas, we must share this gem with the world. Nah, I'm not bitter. Actually, I find Adam Richman's show one of the most palatable (pun sort of intended) pieces of food programming on television.
I wouldn't go as far as to proclaim the death of the cheesesteak, but hopefully we might see a bit of a turn in the talking points that national broadcasters rely upon when doing their telecasts/sporting events in Philly.
Here's a bonus "vintage" article written for the Philadelphia Inquirer back in 1995.
Oh, and let's add a beer reference so that I can write off this research as being beer-related. Pair this sandwich with an moderately-aggressive IPA. How about keeping it local and saying Victory HopDevil or Sly Fox Route 113 IPA?
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