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East Coast Trip

First time thread poster right here ;-). Ive been reading these forums for a long time and appreciate everyones reports/pictures etc.  Finally figured out how to work photobucket and post some pictures.  My buddy and I took a trip back East this past June and here are some pictures of the food we ate.

The first pizza I ever ate in NY was at Totonnos.  It was love at first bite.  That was about 6 years ago.  I was back East this summer and had a chance to make it back.  Hands down this is my favorite pizza I have ever had.

We had a chance to stop by Katz Deli and get a corned beef and a pastrami sandwich.  Amazing!

First time at DiFara.  We ordered a plain cheese square Sicilian and a DiFara special round pie.  Both unique and both incredibly delicious.  

The best hamburger I have ever had.  Same day we went to DiFara for dinner, we stopped here at Peter Luger for lunch.  It was one of the best eating days of my life.  We even topped it off by getting a Juniors Cheesecake to take home.  God bless Brooklyn and their great foods LOL!

Sarcones Deli in Philadelphia.  Old Fashioned Italian.  Sarcones bread is the best! 

Doesn't look pretty but both items were delicious.  Bens Chili Bowl at the stadium in Washington DC.

I come from the land of In N Outs (Southern California).  I will have to say...Shake Shack may have been the best fast food style burger I have ever had.  Every aspect of this thing was delicious.  This was the one in DC.  We would later go to the one in Philadelphia too.  Great burgers although a tad pricey.

Blurry picture but this was a Vodka Pie from Joe and Pats in Staten Island.  It got better as it cooled down.  Perfectly acceptable pizza.  Better than anything we can get out here in San Diego.

Another blurry picture but after Joe and Pats we went to Deninos.  

Right across the street from Deninos is Ralphs Italian Ice.  I got a strawberry one and it was very refreshing! 

Johns of Bleeker Street.  Coal fired pizza is fantastic.  This pizza had a great char yet it was still chewier than most pizzas.  I really liked it.  Probably could have ate a whole pizza by myself.

Patsys in Harlem.  Another fantastic pizza!

Another blurry pic (sorry!).  Where pizza supposedly started.  Lombardis.  Plain margherita pie.

Nathans.  The mustard pump was real heavy as you can see.  The dogs were fine but I remember them being better the last time I went years ago.  Still a Coney Island tradition though!

Harolds Deli in Edison.  Thats HALF a sandwich.  We got turkey, brisket and pastrami.  I liked the pastrami the best, brisket was a little dry, turkey was turkey.  Not the best sandwich I have had, but definitely the largest/most over the top one ever.  My friends kid ordered a pancake and it came out on a large pizza tray.  It was a sight to see.

The Clam Box in Ipswich, MA.  Fried clams, a lobster roll and some onion rings.  My buddy had a bad clam and got food poisoning.  I was fine but he was seriously messed up for about 3 days.  Ive been here 2-3 times over the years and have always been impressed.  Too bad his lasting impression will be a bad one though :-(

Steamed cheesburger from Teds in Meriden, CT.  My buddy was looking forward to this place the most but couldn't sample it because of his stomach issues from the day before.  The burger was unique...it was good.

Ive been to Pepes and Modern a few times before.  Decided to come to Zuppardis to pick up a pie this time.  Super friendly folks work there and this was by far THE BEST sausage I have ever had on a pizza (house made).  

Hamburger from Louis Lunch.

One of my favorite meals all trip.  Hot Dog Johnnys in Buttzville, NJ.  This place has been here forever!  My mom remembers coming to it when she was younger.  Still great!  Dogs, fries, birch beer, soda and buttermilk.  Its like the In N Out of hot dog stands.  Keep it simple, affordable and delicious!

If I was on my deathbed and could only eat one sandwich before I went, this would be it.  White House Special from White House Subs in Atlantic City, NJ. 

Steves Prince of Steaks in Philadelphia.  The best cheesesteak I had all trip.

Roast pork sandwich from Dinics in the RTM in Philadelphia, PA.  I was not that impressed.  Man Vs Food said it was the best sandwich in America.  I highly disagree.  It was good but not great.  I can think of at least 3-4 other sandwiches in Philadelphia I would choose/eat before this one.  My buddy liked it a lot more than I did.

4th Street Cookies in the RTM in Philadelphia. 

Bassetts Ice cream in RTM Philadelphia, PA.

Millers Twist in RTM Philadelphia, PA.  Great soft pretzels!  I ate one or more of these everyday we were in Philadelphia.  

Even more overrated than Dinics.  Chaps Pit Beef in Baltimore.  It just wasnt good.  The beef was stringy and had an odd texture/chew to it.  Totally disappointed.  Side note.... Camden Yards in Baltimore is by far the best stadium on the East Coast...probably the best stadium in the US IMO.  I was highly impressed with it.  It made up for the crappy sandwich at Chaps ;-)

Pats in Philadelphia.  I read a lot of hate for this place but I thought it was good.  Its a greasy gut bomb.  They could use a little better/softer bread but it was a good steak.

My buddy ordered this one from Genos.  Provolone with.  It was edible but not that good.  I prefer Pats by far (as far as cheesesteak intersection goes).

Chickies Deli in Philadelphia.  Maybe my favorite sandwich all trip.  White House and this are like 1 and 1a.  This sandwich was great.  They use Sarcones bread (best bread ever!) and everything in this sandwich worked.  It was delicious.

Shake Shack in Philadelphia.  Expensive ($17.50) but worth it.  Great burger, great cheese fries, tap root beer.  

Chinks Steaks outside Philadelphia.  The whiz didnt work.  Next time I would go with American.  Hot girls work there, service was impeccable and they have great milkshakes.  The steak and bread were good, the whiz just didnt work with the sandwich for whatever reason.
Well.....thats it.  That was our East Coast trip in food pictures.  Hope you enjoyed it!
post edited by timbigworm11 - 2012/12/20 05:54:19

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    Double Cheeseburger
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 06:01:09 (permalink)
    Killer!  Take more trips!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 07:18:24 (permalink)
    Welcome to Roadfood!

    That's the greatest first post...ever.

    Go Denino's! Go Ralph's!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 07:28:06 (permalink)
    Great pics!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 07:41:30 (permalink)

    Great pics!

    What camera do you use?
    Welcome to Roadfood!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 07:53:14 (permalink)
    Tim, Great pictures and it sounded like a great trip. You guys don't like pizza do ya ????????? WOW, I could see how much you missed it........I'm from BPT,CT and I know what you mean..........I was back East the same time you were, I am going back in June 2013, looking forward to doing it again. My family loves Peter Lugers, not easy having their favorite Steak house 3000 miles from home...................Great report.........Thanks pnwc
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 08:15:12 (permalink)
    This was like Roadfood 101!  Great report.
    $17.50 for a burger?  That's a tough sell for me.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 08:18:52 (permalink)
    OMG!!!!! What an awesome first post. This ranks right up there with the best of FOOD PORN!!! I doubt I will get anything done at work today with those images running through my head.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 08:25:05 (permalink)
    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 08:52:03 (permalink)
    So glad you came along!  My stomach is turning inside out from hunger. I can unhappily say we have nothing comparable in my area to anything of this.  Maybe a decent burger and a pizza slice, that's about it.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 10:48:42 (permalink)
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 11:00:29 (permalink)
    Holy cow!! I can't even think of where to start, we've hit about half the places you noted and I have to say - I like your style!! I enjoyed the Italian sandwich pics - we have great pizza here in CT but seem to be in a wasteland for good sandwiches - everything close by is white-bready nasty, and you need those great rolls to make a great Italian sandwich. Looking forward to more postings!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 11:13:14 (permalink)
    Next time you gotta come to the Italian sandwich wonderland...<<<Hoboken>>>
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 11:56:48 (permalink)
    Great report! I'm fortunate to work in a building that is attached to the Reading Terminal. 
    I may have to get one of those cookies during my lunch break after seeing that photo. They are my favorite chocolate chip cookies anywhere.
    On Dinic's, I like his roast pork more than you do, but I agree it's far from the best sandwich in town. Although I did have an utterly fantastic meatball sandwich from them a couple weeks ago.
    And Steve's makes my favorite cheesesteak too.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 11:58:28 (permalink)
    Wow, great post! For a guy 3000 miles away, you sure did your homework and made all the classic stops. Thanks for taking the time to share it all with us.
    Some comments:
    I wasn't all that impressed with Joe & Pats the one time I went. On the other hand...Denino's!!
    I have had DiNics at the RTM and at their other branch in Camden NJ. The Roast Pork & Rabe in Camden is still one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. On the other hand, the one I had at the RTM was just OK. It was a little dried out, which makes no sense because of the high volume at that location. The Camden location is busy, but it's very small (just a counter) and I guess more attention is paid to the product because it's mostly locals and not tourists.
    Went to Chaps last year on my way back from Virginia. Also not impressed.
    Opinions are mixed on Hot Dog Johnnie's, but I like the place.
    Places you traveled 3000 miles for that are within 100 miles of me that I'm ashamed I've never been to:
    Louis Lunch
    Ben's chili Bowl (well, 200 miles, but I've been so close and never got there)
    Again, great post!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 12:07:43 (permalink)
    What an amazing report!  You went to more places in one trip than I've been in many years.
    Steve's Prince of Steaks is my Philly favorite as well.
    Excellent pics as others have said!!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 12:20:04 (permalink)
    Nice job! Great Roadfood trip!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 12:33:06 (permalink)
    That was some trip.  Fantastic food.  Great Pics!!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 15:04:25 (permalink)
    Everyone-  Thank you for the kind replies.  Glad you liked the post.  I took a trip to Seattle/Alaska(cruise) in August.  I will post pics of that one tonight for you guys to check out too.  
    I live out in San Diego right now and we have the best Mexican food in the land.  Thats about it though....you guys on the East have everything else covered.  I wish we could have the SD weather and the East Coast food.  Life would be perfect haha.  You cant find a great sandwich, pizza, hot dog etc out here...some are good/passable but far from great like back East.  My whole family is from Hawley, PA (30 miles outside Scranton, 2 hours North of Philadelphia) so I have been back East a bunch.  This trip itself was great.  Just me and my best friend.  We ate at all these places and went to 6 baseball stadiums.  Besides him getting sick for those 3 days it was a perfect trip.

    Quick reply to some of the questions/comments
    -@Metroplexjim-Camera was a Sony Cybershot 14MP Carl Zeiss.  It takes decent enough pictures.
    -@Phlmaestro-  Lucky!  I would weigh 500 lbs if I lived/worked anywhere near the RTM.
    -@Ken8038.  I would definitely recommend driving to New Haven for a weekend.  Louis Lunch, and the multiple great pizza places (Im partial to Pepes) would make the trip worth it IMO.
    Alright guys.....gotta head to work.  Ill be back tonight to upload pictures from my Seattle trip.  Have a great rest of your day!
    Im changing my name as it posts here on the forums too....instead of timbigworm11  it will be strongy78....should have changed it a long time ago but oh well.   
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 15:12:44 (permalink)
    Wow! Great report and great photos! 
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 15:37:44 (permalink)
    Ahhh, so you're a fellow NEPA'er strongy78!
    I will be installing new windows at the Barker Street Apartments in Hawley in January.  Maybe you can help me out with some good places near the downtown.  So far I had breakfast at The Hawley Diner and was not impressed.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 17:12:10 (permalink)
    Great post!  Unfortunately, frustrating as well as there's a whole bunch of food there that a) I love, and b) I can't get good versions of in Minnesota.  As usual, I just live vicariously through these posts.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 17:42:39 (permalink)
    Holy Shee......er......Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Glad you came outta the closet, er kitchen, to post............ Great Photos and nice quick and for the most part spot-on comments.  Ya Gotta do a round-up of San Diego ++++
    Seriously.............a GREAT Trip Report...you hit a lot of the all-time Highs!
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 19:21:31 (permalink)
    Fantastic first report- And I'll even forgive you for not stopping in Rhode Island ! 
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 19:56:47 (permalink)
    Awesome! Please stay here on Roadfood- I could live vicariously thru you.......
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 20:36:44 (permalink)
    @Joerogo-  Hawley isnt a food persons paradise....I would probably recommend Joe and Lorenzos for a pizza on Main St.  Mikes pizza out route 590 used to be alright..havent been in years though. 
    Maybe try out The Settlers Inn.  I havent been there to eat in years...its probably been turned over many times since Ive been in there.  My grandparents used to own the place though.  My grandma and grandpa would do all the cooking and my mom and 2 aunts would clean/run the place etc.  This was back in the 60s.   Its more upscale from what their website looks like but its definitely a cool place to check out.  We rarely ever ate out whenever I was back there.  Between my grandparents, aunts/uncles etc there was always a fantastic home cooked meal.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 22:33:12 (permalink)
    You definitely win the best picture award this week...everything looked and sounded great. Thanx,
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 22:41:57 (permalink)
    Amazing entry into posting!  Your photographs aren't just pictures... they're works of art!
    I love your choices and hope to see a lot more from you.
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/20 23:27:42 (permalink)
    Love, love, lovin' this!!  I can't decide what I want to eat right through the screen.  All of it looks amazing!  You hit up some of my favorites in NYC.  Hoping Totonno's will re-open next month.  I knew that triple decker was from Harold's before I even saw the text below.  I'd know one of their sandwiches at a glance!  Hope to make it to the White House one day!  
    @joerogo, I think the $17.50 price tag is for a (double) SmokeShack burger, cheese fries and a large root beer.  If it was the burger alone I think they'd have a hard time pushing it! 
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    Re:East Coast Trip 2012/12/21 13:27:05 (permalink)
    I agree with everyone's sentiments but I do have 1 question:
    How many days did you need to accomplish all this?
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