It's killing me that I can't be at the Locust Tavern in Philly to watch the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies knock C.C. Sabathia and the Bums from the Bronx around in this year's Fall Classic. But while I can't raise a pint of Yuengling to mark the start of tonight's World Series Game One, I did take a drive out to Grant's Philly Cheesesteaks on the 153rd Block of NE Sandy.
In some ways, Grants felt a lot like going to Geno's or Pat's in Philly. Like those two iconic rivals, Grant's isn't located in a place you'd be likely to stumble upon: you gotta seek it out. It's outta the way even for my airport-neighboring ass, but at least it doesn't have a one-language-only policy like some places.
The thing about cheesesteaks is they're not easy to screw up. You really have to try at it. It's just thinly-sliced steak on a flat grill with onions, peppers and cheese. That's really it. Cheesesteaks are not grilled roast beef sandwiches. Grant's got this right, so it was pretty much smooth sailing from there. Tender, thin meat, just a little browned on the edges, juicy veggies, and an ingredient most people outside of Philly wouldn't touch:Whiz.
Grant's gets a bonus point by using Amoroso rolls, which I don't think I've ever seen outside the Philly area. It's what makes the steak. Top that off with a pack of TastyKake Butterscotch Krimpets, and you've got enough calories in your system to make you feel like you're wandering Citizens Bank Park looking for a water ice.