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High Steaks: The Great Philly Cheesesteak Challenge and Cocktail Competition Coverage

(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfoodcritic.com written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been awhile. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

chessesteak challange

Square 1682, a popular restaurant located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, held an event on Sunday, October 12, celebrating our cities most beloved delicacy – the cheesesteak.  High Steaks: The Great Philly Cheesesteak Challenge and Cocktail Competition brought together some of the city’s finest dining destinations in the form of a block party, to pit their own versions of our favorite sandwich and decide who earns the top spot as judged by a panel of local “experts”.  The proceeds from the event go to benefit Philabundance, the local non-profit food bank.

Some notable highlights were Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, who went the traditional route with a chopped steak and smokey cheese on a soft long roll.  Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse had an excellent cheesesteak egg roll – tender meat in a crisp wrap, with ketchup and a special cheese sauce to dip.  I thought this would earn the top reviews from both the judges and public alike, but then we came across the tent for Tuk Tuk Real.  This is a Thai/Mexican eatery that was previously mentioned here on Around Town for my review of the Ferment Your Event at the Philly Tour Hub.  In my mind, the award for both creativity and deliciousness firmly resides here, as their specially crafted cheesesteak dumpling was well worth the wait.  It seemed that many others agreed…

In addition to the food competition was a cocktail creation event, spearheaded by Victory Brewing Company and Manatawny Still Works.  All in all, over 20 local establishments participated.  A beautiful fall day helped for what was an excellent turn out that both celebrates the city’s culinary vision, while helping those less fortunate in the process.  See everyone soon at more events like this, around town…

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