In his famous classical conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved that it’s physically impossible for a Russian scientist's mouth not to water when it hears the word “cheesesteak.” Moisten your own sandwich receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of cheesesteaks, other sandwiches, and drinks at Southside Steaks, coincidentally located in the heart of the South Side.
The simple but effective menu contains all the necessities while heeding George Washington's warning against party politics and foreign entaglements. All-ribeye steak or marinated chicken sandwiches come topped your choice of cheese (Cheez Whiz, provolone, American, pepper jack) in authentic Philly fashion. An original steak starts at $6.31, with variations such as the pizza steak or Cajun chicken costing a bit extra ($6.55–$6.78). Complete the experience with an order of fresh-cut naked fries ($2.10). Take a cheesesteak break with one of many specialty sandwiches, such as the meatball and provolone ($6.31) or the veggie (grilled onions, mushrooms, and peppers topped with melted cheese, lettuce and tomato, $5.38). Skip sandwiches altogether for greener-pastured specialty salads ($5.14–$6.78), or feed finicky child eaters off the simple kids' menu.
While only one Groupon is allowed per visit, you can pick up multiples to use over multiple visits. This is a great chance to stock your fallout shelter with enough cheesesteaks to make it through a rough patch. Though not the most romantic of dinners, a cheesesteak date is a great way to see if the boy who only talks to you via texts makes a good text-message date. Or just head in for a midday meal to shake up the monotony of a typical lunch-break jazzercise routine.