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brettlee714 Jun 7, 2011 09:07 AM

Myself and 2 buddies are coming from LA and Orange County CA at the end of July.

We are looking for great meat and seafood restaurants- Our budget is $100/person

We are also looking for the best Cheesesteak place as well?

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    cgarner Jun 7, 2011 09:20 AM

    is a really good thread

    the great cheesteak debate is long and storied on CH Philadelphia, search cheesteak and you will see for yourself
    (as much as I like a good cheesesteak, go for a roast pork Italian either at DiNic's in the Reading Terminal Market or John's Roast Pork

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    1. re: cgarner
      brettlee714 Jun 7, 2011 09:22 AM

      Thank you i appreciate the awesome feed back, this is a great start!

      1. re: cgarner
        kukubura Jun 8, 2011 03:15 AM

        Paesano's for sandwiches, for sure.

      2. Delucacheesemonger Jun 7, 2011 03:18 PM

        This, l feel, is the most complete cheesesteak thread, http://chowhound.com/topics/612671
        My fav is Chinks. If in RTM, get a Herschel's Hot Pastrami, as good as can be

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
          gaffk Jun 7, 2011 04:09 PM

          "If"? I would think a visit to RTM is mandatory for first time visitors. Where else can they get real Philly sandwiches, ice cream, baked goods, candy, Amish wares and cheesy souveneirs all under one roof?

          1. re: gaffk
            Delucacheesemonger Jun 7, 2011 05:42 PM

            As the first poster said, go to RTM. The OP asked for restaurants of $100/person and cheesesteak locations. IMHO the cheesesteaks in the RTM sucks.

            1. re: gaffk
              cwdonald Jun 7, 2011 06:02 PM

              gaffk.. how could you not mention roast pork with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe... DiNics should be derigeour for first time visitors to the RTM... perhaps thats what you meant by real Philadelphia sandwiches. If I had my druthers, first timers would not be able to have a cheesesteak from anywhere til they had a real roast pork... but then again .. à chacun son goût.

              1. re: cwdonald
                gaffk Jun 8, 2011 01:12 PM

                Sorry cwd, that is precisely what I meant--sandwiches other than the cheesesteak. Agreed on DiNic's pork with provolne and rabe.

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            mscoffee1 Jun 8, 2011 02:51 AM

            Sarcone's hoagies, tomato pie ... ah the bread.
            734 South 9th Street
            Philadelphia, PA 19147-2734
            (215) 922-1717
            As far a I know, you need to get there by lunch when they run out of bread they stop.

            1. Bacchus101 Jun 8, 2011 05:43 AM

              Good suggestions here so far on the cheesesteak stuff! This link is to a survey by the Philly
              food critic Craig LeBan employing a team of young guys to seek their best cheesesteak. http://www.philly.com/philly/restaura...

              I was not sure about the $100 per person per ? meal, day, visit?? But for great meat the Prime Rib at the Warwick Hotel is excellent. Also for a steak house perhaps choose from the usual suspects a local steakhouse which you can also reference here. Another dinner suggestion might be Zahav, great bar, small plates and a James Beard winner this year. Welcome to Philly!

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              1. re: Bacchus101
                cgarner Jun 8, 2011 06:53 AM

                totally off topic, but Open table has $50 for $25 at Prime Rib right now!

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                  Bacchus101 Jun 8, 2011 08:17 AM

                  Wow, thanks for that tip cgarner.

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                brettlee714 Jun 8, 2011 07:48 AM

                You all are amazing and i thank you very much, the Philly people have answered!!!

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                  barryg Jun 8, 2011 09:00 AM

                  Great expensive seafood: Estia

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