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Making Philly Cheesesteak at home

Take that rib eye roast, put it in a frying pan. Add cheese of your choice -- Cooper White or Cheez Whiz are my preferences, and lots of it. FRESH onions and seasonings of choice. Mine are cayenne powder, salt and garlic powder.

The KEY to this whole thing is that you NEVER stop chopping it down, the entire time until it's done. You want that steak chopped so fine that the steak, cheese, onions and whatever else is one humogenous mess. :)

Put it on good, fresh buns.

And this is going to make some people blanche ... but that recipe I just gave you, I can get just as much out of using Steak-UMMMs with it as rib-eye roast or ground beef. It's all in the preparation.

Remember, you don't have to "live up" to what somebody else thinks a good Philly cheesesteak is supposed to be. It just has to taste heavenly to you.

Jul 15, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Cheez Whiz Question...

FWIW, the BEST cheesesteaks in my life had a specific attribute -- the way the steak was chopped. The best cheesesteaks were chopped so fine with the cheese and onions that it was essentially a paste when it went into the roll.

Some people find that disgusting, but it was heaven for me.

Jul 15, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Cheez Whiz Question...

Chowtalk, it doesn't MATTER if it's artificial if it tastes good!

Jul 15, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

A night or two in Littlestown... HELP!

Patrick, IMHO, I don't think you can go wrong hitting the square in Gettysburg for a visit to The Pub. We stop there anytime we're in the area.

Very good menu, and there's a lot of variety.

With all respect to cheesemaestro, you should check Sidney's menu before you make the trip. I hear the preparation is sublime, but the menu is limited.

And finally, a place that really surprised us a few months ago was Scozzaro's, on Route 30 just outside New Oxford. It looks like a biker bar, but it's got surprisingly good food.

Jul 15, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Looking for affordable & tasty eats in the Harrisburg area

Indeed, CjH ... the Carlisle Pike "miracle mile" does have some good options. We just ate at Wegman's tonight ... I don't recommend doing it before getting your groceries, though. ;)

For 30 years, I've been a fan of the stromboli at Your Place. The sausage/mustard/cheese combination is one of the better singular tastes I know aruond here. And Jennifer, if you're looking for good and affordable, they have a lunch buffet that includes that stromboli every weekday from 11:30-2 and Wednesday nights from 5-8, I think.

Another quick lunch/dinner stop you REALLY want to try at least once is Neato Burrito. There are about seven of them now around the Harrisburg area; in Mechanicsburg, there's one in the Windsor Park Shopping Center on Simpson Ferry Road. Burritos are made to order, the size of both your fists.

My speciality: The Sour Cream and Onion Burrito. ;) Jalapeno cheese tortilla, hummus. Dirty rice. Extra cheese. Sirachi (hot) sauce. If they have the Jalapeno & Feta salsa that day, add that. Sour cream and onions to finish. Yummmmm.

A nice night out without breaking the bank? Look into Theo's, across from Capital City Mall. CjH mentioned Carrabba's, and it is pretty good. I do lament the fact that Juliana's has moved from next to Your Place across the river to Eisenhower Boulevard. THAT'S the best Italian around here. Make a point of checking it out.

And if you ARE going to venture into the city, a hidden gem lies on Sixth Street. It's called the Jackson House, and it simply has the best burgers AND Italian hoagiesI've had in a long, long time.

It's open only from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, and it's really a little hole in the wall. Just a dining room with seating for about 20, and you go into an adjacent little cubicle to place your orders.

The burgers fall apart as you eat them, and are done perfectly. They get bread every morning from south Philly. All I can say is, you've got to try it.

Jackson House
1004 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17102

Jul 15, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Willow Valley Resort looking for dinner nearby

Meg, whatever you do in the evening, be sure you stay right in the resort for Sunday brunch. They do it up right. Make reservations now.

May 24, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Adventures

Want to just stay in the Harrisburg area for lunch, Sweeney?

Here's an idea for you. Try Neato Burrito.

California mission-style burritos made to order. It will fill you up. Five locations.

May 24, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Fine Dining In/Near Gettysburg

With all due respect to profjmm, you need to use this address without the "index" extension:

And folks, I'd suggest you take a close look at the menu BEFORE you go. It may be right up your alley ... and it may not be. It's a rather limited menu, and what they have is all rather unique.

May 24, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Fine Dining?

Folks, I really can't believe that The Pub isn't mentioned, on the square in Gettysburg. I have never had a bad meal there, and the menu is very, very deep.

We make a point to stop there any time we're passing through from the Harrisburg area.

May 24, 2010
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

I-83 North to Harrisburg; I-81 North to Scranton

This may be blasphemy for Scranton-area pizza lovers, but Old Forge pizza, I think, has slipped down here to the capital city.

There's a Jigsy's Old Forge Pizza in Enola, across the river from Harrisburg. And it's unique enough that I'm betting it's the original Old Forge brand. Thick, airy, yeasty crust. It's tremendous.

Jun 29, 2008
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg/Camp Hill recommendations

If you're looking for a good, quick lunch, I recommend Neato Burrito. There are 4-5 of them scattered around Harrisburg.

Handmade, to-order burritos with chicken, buffalo, hummus. Their own specialty salsas; a different one each day, like jalapeno & feta or pineapple-cilantro. And one makes a full lunch and then some.

My personal favorite: Hummus on cheddar jalapeno tortilla, dirty rice, extra cheese. Sirachi (hot-hot) sauce, sour cream, salsa of the day and onions. It. Is. To. Die. For.

P.S. They look a little tacky from the outside. Don't judge the book by its cover. It's a good meal.

Jun 29, 2008
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Letterkenny/Chambersburg & nearby area (South Central, PA) ANY GOOD CHOW AT ALL??

I just have to add ... I grew up in Shippensburg, worked in Chambersburg all through high school and college.

The dining experience there is basically a wasteland, much as Sarah said. Very little to recommend, and Chambersburg's just starting to have some of the better chain places arrive with development, especially around the Walker Road exit.

Shippensburg once had some good hometown food. It's pretty much gone. Only plug I have is for the place of an old classmate -- Knut's. It's about four doors off the square on King Street. Not bad food at all, good beer selection. If you're at the college for anything, that's probably your best option.

Jun 29, 2008
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg Chowhound shoutout!

There's a lot of good dining around here these days. A LOT of it. You just might have to get outside the city borders to find it.

Juliana's on Carlisle Pike is our favorite now. Great Italian.

Theo's, as was mentioned before, has some great Greek dishes scattered through a pretty comprehensive menu. Great atmosphere, too. Right by Capital City Mall.

A sleeper, down in Newberry Twp., is Bumper Bob's, a seafood/steak place about a mile off the Newberrytown exit. Humongous servings, always quality preparation.

To drive a little further, I've always found a trip to the Gettysburg square to be worth it with The Pub. Great food.

Piatto's in Carlisle. Sapporo East by Hampden Commons.

You just have to cross the bridge once in a while, people. ;)

Jun 29, 2008
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Recommendations for Dining in Carlisle/Harrisburg Area

Vissagio's used to be it for me when it came to good Italian. There's been a new face which has shown up in the last few years, though -- Juliana's on Carlisle Pike.

It's in a little strip mall across from Hooters and Applebee's. You have to be looking for it to find it. :)

But it's first class. Huge portions; wide menu. Pasta, you can pick your pasta and your sauce. I had gnocchi with a pesto sauce there and had to take over half of it home.

Full wine list, professional service.

Jun 29, 2008
jrshooter in Pennsylvania

Sanibel Island where to eat dinner

Last two years we've gone to Sanibel, and I don't get the bad words about McT's. There just aren't enough AYCE shrimp places anymore, and you know you won't go away hungry.

My wife's meal was great; so was mine.

Jun 18, 2008
jrshooter in Florida