This place has history, as well as a deeply loyal following among Philly’s highly opinionated cheesesteak lovers. Since 1960 Dalessandro’s Steaks has been serving what it calls its “fresh-cut ribeye steaks” out of its little dozen-seat counter spot in Roxborough. The meat comes piled high in all the sandwiches, from the classic cheesesteak or mushroom steak to the chicken pepper steak – little else gets ordered here, which is just fine for Dalessandro’s devotees. Though there are, of course, hoagies to be had: sixteen versions in fact, encompassing Italian, ham, tuna, salami and meatballs. Wash it all down with your choice from the selection of domestic, imported and seasonal beers while sitting at a patio table outside this simple neighborhood gem, or hope to grab a seat at the stuffed, aging counter.
A corner pub in Manayunk with a nice selection of craft beers on draft and more than 60 bottles including ciders, wheats and barleywines, Old Eagle Tavern exudes a comfortable, easygoing vibe. There’s a rectangular bar and Formica tables, and the wood-paneled walls are decorated with tin beer company signs and old serving trays. Practice your aim on one of the two dartboards, or shoot for the corner pocket on the pool table, both of which are free of charge on Monday nights. The usual supply of burgers anchors the menu, but these beef patties are wrapped in freshly-baked buns from Wild Flour Bakery in Northeast Philly. The rest of the menu wanders a bit from traditional pub fare, including the popular chicken and waffles meal. You can’t go wrong during the generous happy hour on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., when all draft beers are half price.
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The motto of Barry’s Steaks, a Roxborough neighborhood sandwich spot just off Ridge Avenue, is simply “Tell ’em where you got it!” Not that locals need much reminding: Barry’s has long served their dependable cheesesteaks, hoagies, burgers, specialty sandwiches and fries, with word of mouth keeping the place buzzing much of the time. The Ringer cheesesteak comes generously stuffed with Colby-jack cheese and onion rings, while melted Swiss and brown gravy top the Alpine steak sandwich version. Like any good cheesesteak spot, you can get fried long hots on the side, and the bright interior gives off a 1950s diner vibe, with a long, wide emerald-green counter lined with about a dozen padded swivel chrome stools. Pick-up and delivery are available.
The dinner menu at this neighborhood gem uses classy ingredients in creative ways, forming a lineup that's accessible to all palates. The menu changes often, but sample starters include fried clams tartar with grilled lemon ($9) and barbecue veal ribs with peach salsa ($12). Main courses ($12–$25) range from a familiar pizza topped with barbecue sauce, pineapple, chicken, red pepper, and Vidalia onions ($12) to gnocchi with rabbit-chorizo sausage, artichokes, and goat cheese ($16 for full portion). London Grill is also open for lunch (Tuesday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and weekend brunch (11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.). The midday feast includes various sandwich options, such as a roasted turkey BLT with fries ($8.50) and main dishes such as the fresh-daily vegetable harvest ménage á trois ($13). Accompany any meal with a pull from the full bar, including micro and macro beers on tap and in bottle and a lengthy wine list.
Cuisine Type: Italian-American Cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Free street parking
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Pizza Warehouse's chefs spend their days crafting sixteen specialty pies and an equal number of stuffed stromboli for hungry diners, but they don't stop there. Cooks also whip up burgers, pasta, and even seafood platters, in addition to perpetually popular hot sandwiches such as cheesesteaks. Additionally, they prepare breakfast eats such as omelets for early risers and those who foolishly forgot to refrigerate their leftover pizza so they could eat it cold in the morning.