Last night Alex and I found ourselves in the East Village. We headed downtown after work to meet up with a potential DJ for the wedding. I have to say, it’s been nice to explore different neighborhoods due to wedding planning!
A few months ago, Alex went to 99 Miles to Philly with a friend and has been raving about it ever since. In fact, we’d already agreed that we’d go sometime and last night turned out to be the perfect opportunity.
One of the great foodie accomplishments of Philadelphia is its cheesesteak sandwich. The simple combination of steak, cheese and grilled onions has won the heart of many, my fiance included.
Before last night, I’d never had a classic Philly cheesesteak and some might argue that I still haven’t. For one thing, I was still in NYC and another thing is that I ordered my sandwich with chicken. Regardless, it was still pretty fabulous.
99 Miles to Philly is a small restaurant with limited seating. It wasn’t an issue for us as it seems they do a lot of business through pick ups and deliveries. When we walked in, we headed straight to the counter as that is the only place to find a menu.
They offer three basic starters for a sandwich, steak, chicken, or vegetable. From there you have the choice of three different cheeses, American, provolone, or Cheez Whiz. I went with provolone as I’m quite partial to it. And finally you can add any number of veggie; onions, mushrooms, sweet or hot peppers, etc. Essentially, you’re building your own Philly cheesesteak. They also offer a number of side dishes, such as waffle fries, chili, potato salad, etc.
The portions are huge! The picture above is only half of the sandwich. The rest was still wrapped up on the right. I was only able to make it through half and gladly took the second half home for leftovers.
I found the food to be great. It came out piping hot and full of flavor. There was plenty of meat and a decent amount of veggies. I also liked that it wasn’t overflowing with cheese as some places are wont to do. The service was great; very quick and friendly. We’ll definitely be back soon!
Have you ever had a real Philly cheesesteak? What’d you think?