philly foodspotting hot dog crawl – august 2011

Last Tuesday was the Philly Foodspotting Hot Dog Crawl. We had three restaurants on the crawl along South Street. The crawl started off at Brauhaus Schmitz where Chef Jeremy Nolen cooked up some wurst sandwiches featuring Käsewurst, a sausage made from pork and cheese. The wurst sandwiches came with a choice of side. I went with the potato salad (shown below).

kasewurst sandwich

the big kahuna

The second location was Hot Diggity. There were several choices for dogs here, even though Owner Keith Garabedian wanted to feature three dogs for the crawl. The three dogs featured were The Seattle Grunge (garlic cream cheese, scallions, tomato, and red onion), The Big Kahuna (habanero aioli, pineapple salsa, grilled red onion, and guava mustard), and The Saigon Fusion (Thai chili vinaigrette, sriracha, carrots, house pickled cucumber, cilantro, red onion, and jalapeno).

The third and final location on the crawl was Supper. Chef Mitch Prensky offered us his brunch availability only Supper Dog (pictured at the very top). Prensky’s dog is made up of a bacon wrapped, 100% house ground pork shoulder topped with kraut, bbq onions, beer mustard and served on a housebaked bun.

Thanks to all the restaurants for accommodating us and everyone who made it out. It was truly an awesome time and has been our largest crawl so far!

Check out the Foodspotting guide here.

Here are some other photos from the crawl:

the saigon fusion

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john’s roast pork – cheesesteak

I enjoy cheesesteaks. My normal order is a steak with whiz and onions, nothing else. John’s Roast Pork does not even offer their steaks with whiz. If you may or may not know, not every place in Philly serves whiz on their steaks and the typical alternatives are American or mild provolone. I’ve had steaks with American and mild provolone and they really haven’t done anything for me.

This South Philly establishment serves up a cheesesteak without whiz that wins me over. They serve a steak on a beautiful seeded roll with onions and sharp provolone. It’s so ridiculously good. I’m even inclined as to say it’s my favorite steak in the city. Unfortunately John’s is only open during the week and they close at 3 pm. If you pass by and they’re open, stop in for a one!

They also make a roast pork sandwich that is supposedly out of this world. I have yet to try it!

John’s Roast Pork
14 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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jake’s sandwich board – ghost pepper steak

Jake’s Sandwich Board in Center City serves up a sandwich called the Fire Steak. This sandwich consists of rib-eye steak, fire sauce, fried onions, mushrooms, provolone, and a fried long hot. For one more dollar, you can upgrade the Fire Steak to the Ghost Pepper Steak. The difference? They add 20 drops of a ghost pepper extract to the sandwich. Oh yeah, you also have to sign a waiver.

This visit to Jake’s came about when I convinced a coworker to try the Ghost Pepper Steak. It built up some decent hype in the office as 5 others joined us for lunch as well as a few friends who found out my coworker was trying it. Two others told my poor coworker that they’d be ordering the Ghost Pepper Steak as well. Once we got there, they flaked out and he was the sole victim…at that time. Most of the others, including myself, ordered the Fire Steak.

The Fire Steak was really good. Had a nice kick and was just damn tasty. Anyway, back to what this post is mainly about. We all stared at my coworker as he was prepping himself to take his first bite. Almost immediately after one bite was taken, his face started to turn red. After two or three, he was reaching for the paper towels to wipe the sweat off his forehead. There was constant nodding of his head and a softly spoken, “Oh my god, that is hot.” Unfortunately, he did not get past half of the sandwich. You could say he took down about a quarter.

Well, I finished my Fire Steak as did a couple others. We had our entertainment and decided we (some of us) oughta try some of this Ghost Pepper Steak. One coworker cut a 2-3 bite piece of it, ate it, and said, “Wow, that is hot.” and had a slight runny nose after. That’s it. I wasn’t convinced it was that hot after he had it.

Then came my turn. Keep in mind, my mouth was probably already prepped (in a bad way) because of the Fire Steak. I also cut a small 2-3 bite piece. After finishing…it started. Holy crap. It was burning. A waterfall of sweat started to pour down from my face/forehead. Call me a wimp if you must (Mikey, I’m looking at you.), but that thing hurt. I’ve eaten some spicy things in my life but never have I ever had urges to run over to the counter asking for milk! I was able to sit out until the pain subsided though.

One of my friend’s who joined us, Lou, ended up tweeting this embarrassing but funny picture of me suffering.

Collin Flatt of The Feast also has a video of Marcos (Fidel Gastro) attempting to finish the Ghost Pepper Steak.

I’m glad I tried it but whew that was painful. Marcos, I only had a couple bites and had a crazy stomach ache later. I can’t even imagine…props.

Jake’s Sandwich Board
122 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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khyber pass pub – khyber burger

You guys were all probably wondering when the hell I was going to get around to having my beloved Khyber Pass Pub’s burger. Well, I finally got around to having it last week, so there!

I ordered a Khyber Burger medium-rare with onion rings. The Khyber Burger is made up of angus beef, bacon, bbq onions, smoked cheddar, and creole mustard. It’s also served on a brioche bun.

khyber burger x-section

The Khyber Burger is one solid burger. It tasted great and you will not be disappointed, I wasn’t. As much as I love burgers though, I will give in to the po boys or fried green tomato BLT in the future because they’re just too awesome here.

Khyber Pass Pub
56 S 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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northern spy food co.

I brunched with a couple friends not too long ago at Northern Spy Food Co. This East Village restaurant’s menu focuses on local and seasonal ingredients. The space isn’t the largest, but it sure was nice and cozy on that Sunday afternoon.

Coffees, waters, and a blueberry mimosa were the drinks ordered by the table. To start the meal, we all split an order of their buttermilk biscuits. These were delicious. They came to the table still warm and were some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had.

slow-whisked scrambled eggs

A friend ordered the slow whisked scrambled eggs which came with Heritage bacon and pan bread. Another ordered the sausage, egg & cheese sandwich which used gruyere and a fennel-sage sausage. I went with the chicken & egg sandwich which had a crispy chicken thigh, a poached egg, and chimichurri sauce.

chicken & egg sandwich

Definitely enjoyed everything I had for brunch. After having the biscuits on their own, I’ve gotta order their biscuits and gravy next time!

Northern Spy Food Co.
511 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009

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