Best Philly Cheesesteaks

Hey everyone, I’m Kevin Wilson. I’m introducing myself since this is my 1st article and I am the new “food guy” for last out media. I have written a Philadelphia restaurant book “Table For One” which you can find at Barnes And Noble and 2 food podcasts, one of them being “Learn About World Cuisine” on the Last Out Media Network.

I have decided to use this opportunity to stir up some crap by giving my top 5 cheesesteak spots, you can play along and debate, but here are the rules…they must have an address that says Philadelphia, Pa. That means no Mama’s Pizza in Bala Cynwyd, no Donkey’s Place across the bridge in Camden, NJ, and places like it, do not count. So without further ado here are my 5 favorite places that are located in Philadelphia, that have the best cheesesteaks, in my humble opinion

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Charlie’s Roast Pork- Love at first broccoli rabe

#5–Charlie’s Roast Pork–1301 S 3rd St…Really good cheesesteaks with a nice roll and obviously a very good roast pork sandwich 

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Cleavers steak with onions and peppers? Sure why not!

 

#4--Cleavers 108 S 18th St…Very good cheesesteak, very high-quality ingredients

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Oh Brother…this really beats the soup

 

#3–Oh Brother Philly 206 Market St–Excellent cheesesteak, but I especially love their French onion cheesesteak.

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Dattilo’s…it looks good enough to grab right off the screen.

#2–Dattilo’s Deli–8000 Horrocks…Gotta represent the Northeast with an awesome cheesesteak. I also love their homemade meatball sandwich for just 5 bucks

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Gooey Looie’s…give us ALL THE MEAT

#1–Gooey Looie’s 231 McClellan St…my personal favorite spot, they give 20 oz of meat on every cheesesteak and it’s under 10 bucks, people also love their hoagies

Where are your favorite places to snag a steak? Any on this list stand out? Let us know and send us your top 5 list! Just remember to keep within the borders of Philadelphia and we’re all set! 

Kevin Wilson is an independent restaurant reviewer and food podcast host. For more of his content check out the “Dining on a Dime” and “Learn About World Cuisine” podcasts and his website phillyrestaurantreviews.com for constant updates!

Fulton’s Title Fight Falls Victims To COVID

Stephen Fulton (18-0 8 KOs) will have to wait a little longer now to potentially join the ranks of Philadelphia boxing champions.

His title opportunity Saturday against Angelo Leo (19-0 9 KOs) was done in by Fulton’s positive test for COVID-19, forcing a change in the main event. Leo will now fight Tramaine Williams (19-0 6 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title.

Williams steps up from the undercard to face Leo, so a battle of unbeaten fighters keeps the main event intact. Fulton expressed his frustration in a tweet announcing his positive test.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Beyond Hurt !!! I won’t be fighting for the world title Saturday night due to me testing positive for COVID. I never got anything easy, just a set back for a crazy return, pray for me if you can.</p>&mdash; Stephen Fulton Jr (@coolboysteph) <a href=”https://twitter.com/coolboysteph/status/1288636245900394497?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&#8221; charset=”utf-8″></script>

Originally a matchup of the top two contenders, Williams who is #6 in the division will face a short notice challenge against the #2 Leo. According to Boxingscene.com Fulton’s management has petitioned the WBO for Fulton to face the winner of the Leo-Williams matchup.

With any luck, Fulton will be fighting for a title by the years’ end.

SIXERS HAVE ONE EYE ON THE THUNDER

With a healthy Ben Simmons and (hopefully) Joel Embiid, Sixers fans will no doubt be looking forward to the return of competitive basketball after the four-and-a-half-month hiatus. Whilst seeing how the new look, Simmons at Power Foward, Sixers fare in their championship push is the main interest, there is another reason for Sixers fans to tune in to non-Sixers seeding games and follow the standings closely.

When Elton Brand traded failed number one overall draft pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic at the February 2019 trade deadline, the headline return of the trade (sorry Jonathan Simmons) was a heavily protected 2020 Oklahoma City draft pick. This draft pick will only convey to the Sixers if it fell between 21-30 otherwise it will convert into the less valuable OKC second round picks in 2022 and 2023.

The Sixers hopes of netting a first round pick out of the trade plummeted last summer after OKC GM Sam Presti jettisoned Jerami Grant, Paul George and Russell Westbrook primarily for young players Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Landry Shamet and a bevy of draft picks. Veterans Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari were also included in the trades for salary matching purposes but were not expected to hang around and be long term contributors in OKC.

The Thunder surprised everyone with a strong start to this season, and with a 31-20 record at the trade deadline they elected to keep Paul, Gallinari and veteran Steven Adams and make a push for the playoffs. When the season was suspended in March, OKC were tied for 5th in the Western Conference with a 40-24 record, equial ninth best in the league.

The Sixers will get the OKC pick if it falls between 21-30, and as you can see from the screenshot taken from everyone’s favourite process era website,  www.tankathon.com, if the season didn’t restart, the OKC pick would convey to the Sixers.

For the pick to convey, the Sixers need the Thunder to finish with a better record than any (at least) three of Dallas, Indiana, Houston, Miami, Utah and.in a cruel twise of fate, the Sixers who could actually play themselves out of a first round pick if they jump ahead of the Thunder.

Sixers fans should be rooting for the Chris Paul led Thunder in their eight remaining seeding games and hoping the Mavericks, Pacers, Rockets, Heat and Jazz struggle.

Below is a quick guide on some defining games over the first week of seeding games (Sixers preferred winner in bold).

July 30 – New Orleans vs Utah

August 1 – Denver vs Miami, OKC vs Utah,

August 2 – Milwaukee vs Houston, Phoenix vs Dallas

August 3 – Toronto vs Miami, OKC vs Denver, Washington vs Indiana, LA Lakers vs Utah

August 4 – Sacramento vs Dallas, Orlando vs Indiana, Boston vs Miami, Portland vs Houston

August 5 – Memphis vs Utah, OKC vs LA Lakers

Danny Garcia-Errol Spence Fight Slated For November

Philadelphia’s top welterweight Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) looks to regain some belts in the division as it appears his long-awaited fight with Errol Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) is set for November.

The two fighters under the Premier Boxing Champions banner have the date tentatively scheduled and will appear of Fox pay per view with the IBF and WBC welterweight titles at stake. The right to move the fight has been reserved as it seems as though PBC is holding their breath and hoping they can sell tickets to fans for the event, and will likely delay the fight should that not be the case.

Originally slated for January 25th, Spence was in a one-car accident which left him with a broken jaw (or not, there’s still some debate) and a DWI charge two weeks after the announcement. Spence was coming off back to back statement victories over Mikey Garcia (no relation) and Shawn Porter in September.

Garcia cruised to an easy victory over Ivan Redkach in January, who was by no coincidence a southpaw, to practice for Spence’s left-handed style which is yet to be bested. While Spence is likely to be the favorite, many questions loom over this fight. Spence’s training comes into question when you consider that in an April interview he stated he was still unable to spar. There is also his mental and physical state, having not seen him in the ring against anyone since his accident. Combine that with a 14-month layoff for a fighter who has never been off that long before and anyone would start to worry.

Then mix in the fact that Danny Garcia is still a top fighter in the division. Despite losses to champions in Porter and Thurman (both of which were very close fights) Garcia’s record is impressive and his chin is known as one of the better in the division. Even healthy the idea that Spence would stop Garcia isn’t a likely scenario. If Spence is aggressive, but can’t control difference and doesn’t come with his top skillset, Garcia is a fighter who can counterpunch well enough, and land that big left hook enough times to win.

Steve Kim of ESPN.com picked Garica by KO in their boxing writers debate on the matchup, with Cameron Wolfe and Ben Baby taking Spence by decision. In what has been a very interrupted year in boxing, it seems as though this could be one of the top displays of the year, and you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Follow along with me on Twitter for more Philly boxing…really all the time.

76ers Played their Last Preseason Game

July 28, 2020, what is a normal world would have been just another Tuesday. But it wasn’t because it’s 2020 and nothing is normal. The NBA finished up all it’s pre-season games last night, including the Sixers, who lost, to the Mavericks in overtime, in a game that doesn’t matter. It’s in July! There was nothing normal about last night’s game, except maybe that Joel didn’t play due to an injury (lol it’s just a joke relax he is fine). However, sitting on my deck watching Tobias Harris trade buckets with Luka Donicic in the third quarter of a pre-season game in July, I couldn’t shake the feeling of how out of wack everything is. Including the 76ers starters last night.

It felt from the jump to being a game with very little energy for the 76ers, In their defense, it is the final preseason game. Dallas didn’t miss in the first have, but out of half time they came out with some pace (this should be a trigger word, I have a feeling we will hear it a lot more in Orlando), Tobias took over the scoring load, and the Sixers bench players crawled back into it to force overtime, where they eventually lost.

Now that that is out of the way (I really don’t care about the actual game) let’s run down some quick key points:

  • Outside of Tobias, the bench played better than the starters.
  • Tobias Harris was cooking, getting Buckets (Ralph Rosa Voice)
  • Pace (trigger) was much better after half time, it did help that the Mavs started missing
  • Matisse Thybulle was an absolute menace
  • Despite finishing the 29.7 percent from 3 their 3 point shooting wasn’t bad for most the game
    • Matisse 40%
    • Horford 40%
    • Tobias 50%
    • Shake 50%
    • Richardson 33%
  • Furkan Korkmaz continues to struggle, only shot 16% from 3, and maybe something to keep an eye on

Postgame Brett was asked about how he felt overall after the 3 scrimmage games. He is what he had to say:

We play pretty good defense when we have our core players in the game. I think the first three periods of each of our games, I like what I’m seeing with our defense. I think that trying to uncover who are going to be some of those wing players that come in and assume major type of roles when the regular season comes around; I feel like we learned a little bit more in that capacity. Now we’ve just got to try to get Glenn [Robinson III], Joel [Embiid] and Raul [Neto] back on track. And those guys have played heavy minutes tonight, whatever it is now [11 o’clock] tonight, we hope to get them a good recovery session tomorrow. 

Tobias Harris when asked about Joel Embiid absence and how he feels after the scrimmages with the new starting lineup:

I think, obviously, coming into this new starting lineup, the biggest thing is our conditioning. So I thought that we came into Orlando with a good base of conditioning and being able to get out and run. Obviously, we’re going to continue to feel one another’s game out there, but I think the pace and the flow has been good. It would have been great to have Joel [Embiid] playing, but health is our number one goal. To get him right and to get him ready for when we open up. That’s on the horizon. But, I’m pretty satisfied with where we’re at right now, as we’ll continue to grow and get better. The biggest thing for us as a team is our vibe and how we approach game-to-game. And how we really try to build our chemistry throughout this time. (did you get triggered? see it? you’ll see it and hear it a lot more this season)

Coming out of the three scrimmages, I am pleasantly surprised. Outside of the first half of last night’s game the Starting unit played really well, even when they didn’t have Joel. The defense was good, Matisse and Ben are a defensive nightmare for the opposing team, and the pace (!). It seems like the emergence of Shake Milton has allowed Brett Brown to open up the playbook a little bit, picking up the pace (!), and getting easy high percentage shots. The first two games the 76ers were able to basically get anything they wanted at any time, the third and final preseason game not so much. Depending on what team shows up when the regular season begins will determine how far the 76ers can go. I’m leaning towards the team in the first two games.

The 76ers will begin the start of the continued regular 2020 season, this Saturday, Aug 1 when they take on the Indiana Pacers at 7 pm Eastern, live in NBC Sports Philadelphia. (Because that sentence is something that we all thought we would read one day right? Nothing makes sense anymore, but at least we have hoops back).

Stay tuned the next day or so, I plan on posting a top 10 or so plays from the 76ers scrimmages in Orlando.