Review: Tony Luke’s {Philadelphia, PA}

by Cate on October 28, 2014

Heading to Philly? A stop at Tony Luke’s for a cheese steak and fries is just the thing you need.


Who goes to Philadelphia, the “cheese steak capital of the world,” and orders a cheese steak with roast pork and broccoli rabe, instead of the steak, yellow cheese, and caramelized onions legit version that everyone covets?

… meekly raising my hand ….

That would be me.

Partly because I was trying to be virtuous. And a friend raved about it. And the kids aren’t fans of broccoli rabe, so when it’s presented as an option, I’m all …. GIMME.

Which is exactly how I found myself sitting in my car on East Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia, underneath an overpass, parked in front of Tony Luke’s, and delving into a little dashboard dining.

Delicious in the most ridiculous sense.

This was the kick-off to a Girls Weekend in Philadelphia back in August. In that, it was our first stop. Because we pretty much planned to eat our way from one end of the city to the other.

And I think we did.

The restaurant is a blink-and-you-miss-it type place.


In fact, it was so non-descript, it wasn’t until I was standing in front of a poster inside that I realized it was owned by Tony Luke, Jr., one of the guys on Frankenfood, a show on Spike TV. And then I quickly texted Nick to tell him where I was, because it’s a show we all watch together.


And then I, of course, bought him a t-shirt because I felt bad he wasn’t there to experience the moment with me.


Opened in 1992, the place is small, with a handful of tables inside and a long counter to order from. There is an adjacent parking lot, as well as on-street parking. They actually didn’t sell cheese steaks when they originally opened, but added them about six months in, based on customer demand. Now they have 22 locations, as far reaching as Bahrain, and even have a few of their menu items available to be shipped frozen straight to your door.

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Recipe: Sausage Alfredo Pasta

by Cate on October 27, 2014

A quick and delicious meal that comes together in just about thirty minutes, featuring easy pantry staples like sausages, red peppers, mushrooms, and penne noodles.

Sausage Alfredo Pasta

I had pretty much next to no sleep last night. Both kids woke me up separately during the night. Then I woke up around 4 am after dreaming that the Backstreet Boys all died in a car accident. It was so vivid, I had to Google it this morning to make sure it didn’t actually happen. Rest assured, boy band fans, they are fine. And then just before the morning alarm went off, one of the cats was shrieking to be let out. Clearly the sleep gods were not in my favor.

Which pretty much means I couldn’t wait to come home at the end of today to just crash. This girl is exhausted. This also means I was looking for a super simple dinner that required exactly zero trips to the grocery store, and very little in terms of effort.

So here we are with this Sausage Alfredo Pasta.

I had a few vegetables languishing in my refrigerator, begging to be used. And looking ahead to a week of Halloween and other assorted activities, I knew if I didn’t use them in tonight’s dinner, they were heading straight for the rubbish bin. Sausages are an easy win with the kids, the vegetables in tonight’s dinner, not so much. I thought with the pasta and the sauce, they might not notice. Madeline ended up liking the bits of red peppers, so I’ll take that mini victory. To keep this dinner a little easier (and a little lighter), I used a pre-made light Alfredo sauce.

Just about half an hour later, we were sitting down to dinner. With about a cup and a half of vegetables, and a lighter Alfredo sauce, this meal was low on the guilt spectrum, and done quickly. Which are pretty much my favorite kind of meals for a weeknight.

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