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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

McNally's Tavern (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia) - The Schmitter

McNally's Tavern is home of the Schmitter, a sort of hybrid cheesesteak. The Schmitter is made up of slices of steak, cooked salami, fried onions, cheese, tomatoes and Schmitter sauce (similar to russian dressing) on a kaiser bun. This is truly a great sandwich. One of the best in Philadelphia.

If you have ever been to Citizens Bank Park, chances are you have seen or heard about this sandwich. For those of you that have had the sandwich at the ballpark, do yourself a favor and get the original at McNally's Tavern on Germantown Ave.

P.S. Most people think the Schmitter was named after Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, but it's actually named for a regular that drank Schmidt's beer and ordered his cheesesteak that way. Go figure.

McNally's Tavern Website:

McNally's Tavern on Urbanspoon

Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival - December 3, 2011

Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival


location: Allentown Brew Works
start date: 12/03/2011 1pm-4pm Session A,  5pm-8pm Session B

Allentown Brew Works Craft Beer Festival 2011

Sponsored by The Morning Call and WZZO 95.1

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

VIP Bonus Hour: 12 noon – 1:00pm (Limited entry of 200, SOLD OUT)
Session A: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Session B: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Online ticketing ONLY. Registration for entry will take place ½ hour before the start time of your session.

Great Beer provided by over 30 of our Favorite Brewers!

2011 Roll-Call of Breweries

21st Amendment

Allentown Brew Works




Beach Haus

Bethlehem Brew Works




Flying Fish


Harvest Moon


Keystone Homebrew


Lehigh Valley Homebrewers (Multiple Brewers)


Penn Brewery

Shock Top




Roy Pitz




Wild Blue



NO PAPER TICKETS – Your name will be on the “Will Call” list.
Registration is ½ hour prior to Session start time.
DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS are also available at $10. They will be banded separately and not served any alcohol at the event.
Order online tickets here for advance sale pricing! The sooner you order the better the deal.
A set number of tickets have been set up at different price levels that are available until they sell out, or until the date listed.
Tickets are currently available at these levels:

$30 for Session A + the VIP Hour (Limited qty)
$20 for Session A (Available until 10/22)
$35 for Session A + the VIP Hour (Limited qty)
$25 for Session A
$30 for Session B
Tickets will be $35 day of the event.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pepper Mill (West Chester) - Cheesesteak

Appears a 10" roll cut in half and placed in a basket. A good looking roll with melted cheese and chopped fried onions mixed throughout the finely chopped steak. I would have liked to see a little more meat though, especially around the edges of the roll. - 4

The roll looks and feels to me like a Conshohocken Bakery roll. Most places in the burbs use Conshy rolls. - 4

The meat is finely chopped and very flavorful. It is well seasoned also. I prefer steak that is a little less chopped, but the meat is so tender and packed with great flavor, I can't complain. - 4

The cheese is american and melted throughout the steak, just how I like it. There is just the right amount of cheese to complement the delicious steak. - 4

Overall, this is one of the best cheesesteaks in Chester County. It's easy to see why the Pepper Mill won a number of awards from newspapers and magazines. If you are in the West Chester area, the Pepper Mill is a must stop. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.1/5

Pepper Mill's Website:

Pepper Mill on Urbanspoon

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Member of the Philly Food and Beer team!

Please welcome local beer and food enthusiast, Chris Burns, to Philly Food and Beer.
Chris is as passionate about the local food and beer scene as I am and I'm confident that he will continue to bring great things to the site.
Chris will be out and about as the new representative of Philly Food and Beer.  In this role, Chris will be holding the reigns of new beer reviews, pictures, and rating various food establishments on the site.  I'll be chipping in once in a while and helping Chris to transition into the role of  the "go-to guy".

Any inquires regarding advertising packages on the site,  food and beer promotions, marketing events, samples, or new food, and beer reviews may be directed to Chris:


Thursday, November 10, 2011

What have I done for you lately?

I guess a whole lot of nothing!  It hasn't been for lack of trying.  In fact, I've got pictures and notes on several places and beverages but simply haven't had the time between work, and other projects consuming most of my time.

With all that being said -- I'm looking for an extra set of hands, or two to help out on the site.  Ideally, I'm looking for an intern, or a part-timer looking to gain experience and have research & story expenses paid for, along with profit sharing, and fringe benefits associated with the site.  If you know anyone interested, please pass them my way!