Tonight’s first dinner comes to you courtesy of an article from the July 2011 issue Travel and Leisure, called “The United States of Deliciousness”. In it, the chef at Beef & Barley raved about the Philly cheesesteak at Yum’s II. He said it was the best cheesesteak, outside of Philly. Challenge accepted.
In town for a conference, I walked up 14th Street, until I arrived at Yum’s. To find it is carry-out only. Dinner plans spoiled, but all plans not foiled, I decided on a sandwich to go and to try somewhere else, afterward.
I had been warned to order a “steak with cheese”, and not a “cheese steak”, so not to accidentally end up with cheese STICKS. I ordered a half sandwich and waited about five minutes. The young lady at the counter announced steak and cheese and I picked up my sandwich and started down the street. Halfway down the next block, I opened the paper wrapper to find the aluminum foil wrapped sandwich half inside. Peeling it back, I was confronted with flakes of beef and bits of cheese falling out.
It was a good cheesesteak – not as good as those in Philly, and probably not quite as good as I’ve had elsewhere. But it was a nice walk and a nice snack.