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Hot Dog Of The Week: Texas Tommy

"Philly is greatly underrepresented in the hot dog history books." [Original art and photography: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Philly Dirty Water DogChicago DogDetroit ConeysSeattle StyleHalf-Smoke This week we take a look at another Philadelphia hot dog—one that seems to have slipped through the cracks of hot dog history. Popular with 1950s housewives and on almost every greasy spoon menu in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania, and South Jersey, the Texas Tommy is a grilled and split hot dog loaded with bacon and lots of cheese. Other condiments are optional but not necessary. The earliest Texas Tommys were wrapped in bacon before being cooked and grilled, or deep-fried like they used to make them at The Cup in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (now closed).... More

Food & Music Fest Bite Spotlight: Tony Luke's

Editor's note: Earlier this month, we announced that Serious Eats would be cohosting the Great American Food & Music Fest. Each week until the event, we'll spotlight a different food purveyor that will be participating. Today we have ... Tony Luke's roast pork sandwich A Tony Luke's roast pork sandwich is, as Adam Kuban noted in a recent post, "pretty near perfect." And his cheesesteaks are damn fine as well. So when we were putting together our list of preferred sandwich purveyors for the Great American Food & Music Fest, Tony Luke's was at the top. The Great American Food & Music Fest When: Saturday, June 13; doors open at noon Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View CA What: A celebration... More

Get Tony Luke's Sandwiches at Home—Sort Of

Philadelphia Inquirer Speaking of Tony Luke's, tina_eats points us to a story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. Looks like Tony Luke is gearing up to sell a frozen version of his sandwiches in grocery stores nationwide. "Is it as good as a steak I just pulled off my grill? No," said ["Tony Luke"] Lucidonio, who also acts and sings. "But is it the best frozen steak? It is the closest thing you will get to having someone cook on a flat-top griddle." You microwave or cook the meat in a boil-in bag, nuke the bun that comes with it separately, then assemble them.... More

Serious Sandwiches: Tony Luke's Roast Pork Italian, Philadelphia

I don't know if there's much to say about the roast pork Italian sandwich at Tony Luke's other than it's pretty near perfect. Tony Luke's is conveniently located near the junction of I-95 and I-76 in the shadow of the Walt Whitman Bridge—a quick lunchtime detour on my trip from the Big Apple to central Pennsylvania this past weekend. I probably don't have to tell you that I spent the first two hours of that trip in anticipation of finally trying one of these much-hyped sandwiches.... More

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