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Best BEC: The BEST Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich

Some of us want the very best from our first bite of the day onward. New York City has an unspoken, largely unexplored fascination with the timeless Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich or BEC. We need understand this classic further and find Nominations for the very Best in the Five Boroughs and surrounding Metro Area.

Now it's obvious that the BEC is ubiquitous, so let's limit candidates to places where not only you think the Bacon, Egg & cheese is The Best - but there's also a line of hungry customers, practically drooling for the sandwich every weekday morning - and weekends too, if possible.

Have at it Hounds!

Aug 24, 2011
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I'm talking about the original of course - and yes the line still stretches across the park for reasons that defy all logic and common sense.

Jul 23, 2011
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

There needs to be some series of psychological experiments done on people who wait in that line. These is no food, anywhere, worth waiting in a line that stretches a quarter of a mile for. Never has been. Never will be.

Jul 15, 2011
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

A Cheesesteak Query [split from MSP]

I will shamelessly redirect you to the Philly Cheesesteak Roundup here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612671.

Jul 15, 2011
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

Thanks Self. I actually tried the one at Comly shortly after I posted that and wholeheartedly agree. It was one of the best cheesesteaks I ever got from Steve's, or anywhere else for that matter. At night, you just need to watch out for the drunks coming in and out of the restaurant and parking lot from the bar next door.

- the person who introduced you to Langhorne.

Jul 06, 2011
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Philly Cheese Steak in NYC.

Oh give me a break. Steve's is the best in Philly and Carl's (although fine...for NYC) couldn't hold a candle to it, if it stood on top of the Comcast Center.

Dec 23, 2010
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

Only other one I've hit is when they had a place in NYC, near the Port Authority. It's no longer affiliated though. It was spot on with the original taste-wise though. Even had the same, uhhhhh "decor".

Dec 23, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

Tried the one in Langhorne. The cheesesteak tasted the same. So did the cheese fries. But that is some kinda depressing area with the backdrop of the enormous, vacant Levitt's - like something out of a Scenes from the Great Recession Photo Montage. Langhorne's definitely more convenient to I-95, but if I have the time, I think I'd prefer to hit the one on Bustleton in the future.

Dec 20, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Pat's or Geno's for cheesesteak?

Neither. They're both tourist traps where you'll wait in a long line for a cheesesteak that's probably much, much worse that what you can get in your hometown. If you're ever going to a ballgame in Philly, do what locals in the know do and head to Tony Luke's down by the stadium.

Nov 14, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

Anyone know if the Langhorne and Comly locations of Steve's are as good as the Bustleton location?

Nov 14, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Philly Cheese Steak in NYC.

This place is ehhhhh at best.

Oct 03, 2010
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

Storm King Art Center Area Recs

I'll be heading up to the Storm King Art Center this weekend and am looking for someplace delicious and casual in the area for lunch before checking out the sculptures. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Sep 10, 2010
Jonny Pops in New York State (exc. NYC)

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

Finally tried George's last weekend and I am definitely sold on it. It doesn't quite edge out Steve's or Chink's in my book, but it's flirting with my top tier and definitely belongs in the discussion. Still have to make it to John's.

Sep 09, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

Best burger AND fries in Manhattan and hipster parts of Brooklyn?

It's not really so good. Plus it's overpriced and has the tiniest milkshakes I've ever seen.

Jun 07, 2010
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

Best Hero Rolls in NYC?

In our dearly beloved neighbor city of Philadelphia, I've come to realize that the sandwich culture is so well developed your average guy on the street will not only know which are the best shops to find a cheesesteak or hoagie, but also what bakeries those shops purchase their rolls from. Bakeries such as Sarcone's or Amoroso's have even developed their businesses outside of the Philly area based on the loyalty and reputations they developed servicing some of the best cheesesteak places you will find anywhere.

My questions is:

What are the best bakeries to get hero rolls from NYC?

I know our sandwich culture isn't as pronounced as Philly's, but we still have some very good bread up here. So who makes the best rolls for Heros (as we call them here) in the NYC area?

Jun 07, 2010
Jonny Pops in Manhattan

Philly Cheesesteak Roundup

Anybody know where Steve's gets their rolls from?

Jun 07, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

3 nights in Playa Del Carmen area, please help!

You absolutely, positively MUST hit La Floresta. It's a side of the road Taco Stand, off of Highway 307 just north of Avenida Benito Juarez (make sure you are in the southbound local lanes - the highway divides between express in the center and local access on the sides in the towns). There's nothing fancy about this place but it has the absolute best shrimp tacos you will find anywhere. I found myself returning again and again while I was down there. It was that good.

Another place to hit is an Argentinean steakhouse called El Asador de Manolo on 5tt Ave and Calle 32. Great steaks, particularly the Lomo.

May 25, 2010
Jonny Pops in Mexico

The Three Parms

I've had excellent Meatball Parms at Chickie's Deli on Federal St in South Philly.

And, of course, Tony Luke's makes good everything. But I'm wondering what else is out there.

Feb 04, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

The Three Parms

Simple questions. Where do you find the best of the following three "parmigian" sandwiches in the City of Philadelphia?

Chicken Parm?

Meatball Parm?

Eggplant Parm?

Discuss.

(Also, if you care to add the non-sandwich "dish" bests. Feel free.)

Feb 04, 2010
Jonny Pops in Philadelphia

DC/MD French fries?

Make that duck fat fries at Annabel Lee Tavern in Baltimore. Just stay away from the rest of the menu, aside from the sweet potato fries.

Oct 23, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

Poutine in Bmore

$11 for poutine? Somewhere, Madame Balduc is crying.

Oct 08, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need rec for Italian in DC

For Italian in DC, try Baltimore.

Oct 08, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's in Baltimore, that you wish was in DC?

I'm sorry, but this simply isn't true. There is plenty of diversity around DC but to be honest a real blandness still plagues the place. And I really could not put it even in the Top 10 Nationwide for Food. NYC, LA, Bay Area, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, South Florida, Boston, CA Wine Country and even Las Vegas come ahead of DC for food in my book. The biggest problem with DC food - which is not a problem in Baltimore by the way - is the biggest problem of the city itself: it does not have a culture of its own, aside from political corruption and greed. Everything is from somewhere else and nothing is organic to the place. Well, maybe Ben's and Florida Ave Grill are, but that's about it.

Aug 21, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's in Baltimore, that you wish was in DC?

As the Bombay Club? Are we talking about the same Bombay Club???

Aug 21, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's in Baltimore, that you wish was in DC?

Better.

Aug 21, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lexington Mkt Bmore?

Nice! Another satisfied customer...

Jul 22, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

3 days in Baltimore-Where *MUST* I eat?

Several Places:

Vaccaro's in Little Italy for the best cannolis and terrific Italian pastries.

Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market for the best Lump Crabcakes known to man. Near the ballpark too.

Trinacria on Paca St just north of Lexington Market for great Italian deli sandwiches. Amazingly cheap too. Get the Chicken Parm sub. Also close to the ballpark.

DiPasquale's on Gough St in Highlandtown for one of the best Italian delis on the east coast. My fave sandwich if the Santino - Prosciutto, Fresh Mozz, Fresh Baked Bread, Basil, Tomatoes, Olive Oil.

The Helmand on Charles Street in Mount Vernon for amazing Afghan.

Baltimore Farmers Market under the JFX (I-83) on Sunday mornings.

There are many, many more....but I've run out of time.

Jul 22, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lexington Mkt Bmore?

Just to (overly) agree with you one point: There is nothing dangerous about Lexington Market. Again, it is one of the only places in Baltimore where city residents from all colors and creeds can be found. They come together for that most chow-worthy of reasons - Good Food. And they always leave satisfied.

To get hung up on the supposed "salubrious"ness of the area or the "lower-class, poverty-stricken Baltimore residents" that can (heaven forbid!) be found at the market or whatever other code words are used to avoid addressing real issues is a real shame. These attitudes really hold Baltimore back from functioning as a whole and keep people from coming together...in this case together over great food.

Jul 22, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lexington Mkt Bmore?

When I just brought up that something else my reply was flagged off of the thread. Seems you need to speak in not too subtle code words like "lower-class, poverty-stricken Baltimore residents" and their "atmosphere" in order to keep certain folks in their comfort zone.

Jul 22, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lexington Mkt Bmore?

My point is it's not unique. Not in the least. It's simply atypical in the Baltimore area, but not out of the ordinary in every other big city in the Northeast. It's also unquestionably overpriced.

The yuppie factor is a matter of personal opinion.

Jul 21, 2009
Jonny Pops in Washington DC & Baltimore