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Jun 7, 2011 09:07 AM

Help! First Time To Philly

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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    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

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

      1. re: cgarner

        Paesano's for sandwiches, for sure.

      2. This, l feel, is the most complete cheesesteak thread,
        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

          "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

            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

              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

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

          2. 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. 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.

              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

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

                1. re: cgarner

                  Wow, thanks for that tip cgarner.

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