Eddie's Philadelphia Steaks and Hoagies... Mike and I visited this North Park establishment as an homage to my sister, Lani, who moved to Philadelphia, PA, a few years ago. We miss her dearly and every time the word "Philadelphia" or "Philly" comes up, we immediately think of her.
We drive towards Eddie's on 30th -- a very cute house! We visited on a weekday at 5:00 PM in the afternoon and noticed that there was one couple eating inside. The decor of the restaurant consists of all Philadelphia sports memorabilia and a flat screen TV for sports. You order from the counter, you find a seat, and they serve you the food. I've been studying the menu, but I already knew what I was going to order... definitely, a cheesesteak.
We ordered our food and used a $10 gift certificate from Restaurant.com that I bought for less than a dollar (no joke). The rules from the Restaurant.com website states that we were required to spend $20 to use the $10 certificate... plus, they automatically add 18% gratuity. So... although still a monetary discount for us, we usually would not have ordered two sides ($1.99 each) & two drinks ($1.89 each). The gift certificate is definitely great for more than two people.
After ordering, we sat outside since it was such a beautiful sunny afternoon. The woman who took our order brought out our food in a timely manner and even went back inside the restaurant to bring us utensils that we forgot to grab.
Mike ordered the BBQ Chicken Burger with a side of steamed vegetables. The "burger" is a grilled chicken breast, smothered in their homemade BBQ sauce, and served with lettuce, tomatoes, shaved white onion, and pickles, on a sesame seed bun. The chicken breast was delicious -- I was impressed that I could taste the grilled flavor and that it was very juicy. Eddie's makes three kinds of chicken burgers, including a Parmigiana Chicken Burger and a Teriyaki Chicken Burger.
[yummmm, BBQ sauce was delicious]
[side of veggies: crisp & fresh]
I have always wanted to try a Philly cheesesteak "wit whiz" (that is, with onions and Cheez Whiz). I know, I know... I can hear it now. "Ewww, what? Cheez Whiz??" As we all are aware, Cheez Whiz is a processed cheese sauce packaged in a jar. Yeah, who in the right mind would order a cheesesteak with this gooey, orange substance called cheese? *raising my hand* Well, that would be me! The "cheesesteak wit whiz" is a popular combination in Philly, and I wanted to experience one. Eddie's also has provolone and white american as a cheese choice for the steaks.
I ordered the cheesesteak "wit whiz" with a side of the homemade macaroni salad. The thinly sliced meat is ribeye steak (delicious) and is grilled on the flat top with soft, diced onions. Eddie's uses Amoroso rolls, a bakery company in South Philadelphia that specializes in baked rolls like for hoagies and cheesesteaks in Philly.
The homemade macaroni salad was light and delicious. It was not overdressed with mayonnaise and had chunks of celery, red bell peppers, carrots, and onions.
[Cheez Whiz goodness]
There is another cheesesteak place in San Diego that I heard serves the best, authentic Philly cheesesteaks, Gaglione Brothers, which I have not yet visited. In the meantime, Eddie's will be on the top of my cheesesteak list!