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HELP! I need a real Philly cheesesteak

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Anyone know of anywhere I can get a real authentic cheesesteak? Even a food cart? I'm from Philly and I miss Philly food.

I also miss Primo Hoagies, Rita's Water Ice, real fresh Polish kielbasy, real German bakeries and soft pretzels on the corner.

Anyone have any info on any of these?

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  1. You might want to read though this recent thread, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6787...

    1. I'm from Philly, too.

      Per Rita's website, they have locations in DFW. I've never been, though, since none of them are anywhere near me. But it looks like they have locations in Southlake, Flower Mound, and Bedford.
      http://www.ritasice.com/find-a-ritas/...

      You won't find a soft pretzel or hoagie anything like the way they do it in Philly. There are a couple of places claiming to make real Philly cheesesteaks, as referenced in that previous thread, but I've never been to any of them so I can't comment on their authenticity. Just be sure to stay away from Texadelphia.

      I miss tomato pie from Gaeta's, White House subs in Atlantic City, Jewish delis, raw cherrystone clams from the Jersey shore, Yuengling, knishes from Lipkin bakery, and Chinatown. Oh, and almost everythying from Tony Luke's.

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      1. re: sass

        Thanks, sass. Yeah, I miss the clams too. And the hardshell crabs. I miss tomato pie from Tony's (in Mayfair). Found a place I can buy dough in Mineral Wells......think I'm gonna make my own. I miss sticky buns and danish from Fritz's in Croydon, too. Good news is they ship.

        One more of my favorites is butter cake. I finally found a recipe for it here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Philadel...

        My ultimate goal is to start a place of my own. Actually, I'd like to start an association of ethnic food providers; restaurants of all kinds, delis/shops, etc. to open all in one place, along the same street kind of like the Italian Market used to be, only cleaner.

        I'll keep everyone posted if I ever find a cheesesteak. Rita's in Dallas would be quite a hike just for a mango water ice, so I'll look them up if I'm ever in Dallas for another reason.

        Thanks again.

        1. re: JustYum

          JustYum, I don't know if you're near the mid-cities area, but there is a Rita's in Bedford, on Industrial near 183. I'm an original Philly girl too and miss a lot of things. Mostly real pizza. I've cured the water (wooder) ice issue with Rita's and the cheesesteak/hoagie issue with Billadelphia's and NYPD Deli, but a real pizza is hard to find.

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          NYPD
          304 S Industrial Blvd, Euless, TX 76040

      2. For German bakery and sausage i would go to Kuby's http://www.kubys.com/

        1. Soft pretzels...not really gonna happen here.

          I make my own at home.

          1. Highly recommend Fred's Downtown Philly. I'm not from there...but have eaten quite a few cheesesteaks and hoagies in Philly...they are the BEST...and his are the closest I've found outside of there...

            It's a hole in the wall, truly...but they have great sandwiches...!

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            Fred's Downtown Philly
            1144 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

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            1. re: luvselo

              Fred's are very good, and authentic - comparable to Billadelphia.