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Beef on weck in Philly

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I've got a craving for a good Buffalo-style beef on weck. Any ideas where I can find one in the Philly area?

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  1. I don't know if you'll be able to find beef on weck here, but--Ye Olde Ale House in Lafayette Hill has some very tasty, craveable, juicy, juicy roast beef sandwiches. They are small and unadorned sandwiches, just beef, sliced thin by a guy standing in the middle of the room (I believe that's all he does all day), on rolls. Most guys I saw eating there had at least two of them.

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    1. re: gina

      I'll second that. It isn't on weck, but it is very tasty indeed.

      1. re: gina

        Doesn't come on weck, but the beef there is very good. The people I know actually call this place just "The Beef".

        I always ask for the sandwich wet and order a cup of gravy on the side to dip both the sandwich and the fries. Horseradish and sliced cherry peppers are on the table. They also have some good draft birch beer. If I get fries, I find one sandwich to be plenty.

      2. Nick's, at 20th & Jackson in South Philly, is justifiably famous for roast beef sandwiches, but you won't find any beef on wick there or anywhere else in the Delaware Valley that I am aware of.

        1. Local 44 has a fantastic beef on weck. It's served with jus and knocks it out of the park.

          They've done a significant upgrade of their menu. It's darn good for pub grub.

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          1. re: Boognish

            You will also find beef on Weck on the menu at the Whip Tavern in Coatesville.

          2. They also have it on the menu at The Ugly American on Front St just south of Washington - I haven't been there in ages though.

            1. I feel your pain -- I moved away 20+ years ago, and sometimes you just need a fix. I haven't tried any of those mentioned here, if you do, please report back.

              I have, however, been able to special order weck rolls from Wegmans. I think when they first opened down here in Downingtown, they actually carried them for a blink, but I guess there weren't enough of us.

              1. Craig Laban noted in his review of Fork on Sunday that the Beef feast he had came with house made weck rolls for slider making!

                  1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                    I had to look it up as well. Sounds like something I would love!

                  2. There is even a song about it.. Crawling from the Weckage by Dave Edmonds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpNSzY...

                    1. I know it's not in the Philadelphia area, but if you are ever out in Chester County, The Whip Tavern in Coatesville, PA serves a good Beef on Weck. The pub is very charming and is plunked down in the middle of beautiful horse country. It's very popular with the with the polo crowd as well as soccer fans. I like to drive out there for brunch, its about 30 min from Hockessin, DE. It serves genuine British fare, (rarebit, bubble and squeak, cottage pie, etc.), as well as burgers and entrees. I never knew that beef on Weck was British, but there it is on their menu and it really is pretty good. I order it every time I go. The beef is soft and thinly-sliced and tender, and the Kummelweck roll has loads of caraway seeds and crystal salt on top. You can get your choice of cheese on it if you want. There is a side cup of jus, horseradish, and steak fries (obviously called 'chips', there). I seem to remember it costs about nine bucks, but I could be wrong about that. The place has loads of beer and cider on tap, but you have to BYO wine.


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                      1. re: nadineindelaware

                        Beef of weck (wick) isn't British at all. Not sure why it would be on that menu, but it's good to know it's there.