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::local flavor:: Tony Luke’s

This past weekend, I joined some of the My Latest Distraction boys and spent my days and nights surrounded by geekiness at the Philadelphia ComicCon thrown by Wizard.  I actually had a really great time, because despite the event’s name, there weren’t many for comic-related activities.  We’ll be posting a ton of stuff about the weekend on My Latest Distraction, so please check it out!

One thing that these conventions do is connect the people and the “celebrities”.  That term needs to be used very very loosely.  On Friday, we arrived earlier in the day, and got to a bunch of people before the masses arrived.  We did a short “interview” with none other than Philadelphia’s own Tony Lucidonio aka Tony Luke.  Really, the interview consisted of one question.  “Why are you here?”

He didn’t really know either.  Apparently he is in a movie called The Nail which has gotten some attention.  I had never heard of it.  I gave him a card for Not Just Take Out so that he could feel like his time was well spent 😉 And I had my picture taken with him!

Now that I am writing this post though, I have to be honest.  I have NEVER had a Tony Luke’s cheesesteak.  I’m sorry.  The only time I would really have the opportunity is at Citizen Bank Park and the line is so long!  So, I guess they must be good.  I’m told that they are very similar to the cheesesteaks from Jim’s on South Street.  Those are my favorites!  So, Tony, if you are reading this, I am very sorry.  Maybe I will have one some day. I hope so!  And when I do, you can be sure I will talk about it all over the site. If it does taste like Jim’s I am all for it!

I do have some issues with you, Tony Luke.  You were nice and all, but how much do you need to push a product?  Did the economy hit the “going out for a cheesesteak market” so badly that you needed to endorse something?  You were in a movie, that had to have some sort of pay day.  We walked by your booth later in the day Friday, and then again Saturday, and again Sunday.  You weren’t there after the first visit.  On Friday afternoon, I did see what you were there pushing though.  This disappoints me beyond belief.  And, ps, thank you for not mentioning it at all when we spoke to you.

Tony Luke, I know I am not your target market.  Considering I have never eaten one of your cheesesteaks, I am certainly not the person who would be buying a microwaveable version of it.  And, ok, so I have a food blog that is mostly about cooking, so again, I am probably not going to be microwaving a cheesesteak.  But just the concept of this is so disgusting to me (please note: I don’t put meat in the microwave anyway).  Why, Tony Luke, WHY?

I wanted to be informed before bashing you.  You didn’t deserve a bashing.  You were one of the nicest people at the ComicCon.  So I went to your site, and I watched the video.  It does make it seem a little less disgusting to me.  I still won’t eat it.  But I am happy to see that the recommended way of making this delicacy involved a stove and oven.  Overall impression though?  A microwavable meal shouldn’t require an nine minute video.

If you are Tony Luke, and you are reading this:  I am sorry, I just had to voice my honest opinion.  Thanks for being such a nice guy on Friday, and hopefully we’ll see you one day at your shop!

If you aren’t Tony Luke and you are reading this, I have two questions for you:

#1.  Have you eaten a microwaved cheesesteak?

#2.  Where is your favorite steak sandwich from?

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  1. kamila says:

    eww to microwaved meat

  2. Pete F. says:

    I’d never, never eat a microwaved cheesesteak. And Jim’s are also my favorite, though I’ve had Tony Luke’s at CBP (got their pretty early before a game) and they were quite good. I imagine they’d be even better at the actual location though….

    • mrsptb says:

      Oddly enough Pete, I like crab fries BETTER at CBP.

      So, this theory of yours, while I would have backed it up in the past….I’m not so sure now…

  3. Stacey Carr says:

    1- A microwaved cheesesteak just doesn’t sound right. You don’t even microwave Steak-Ums, so why would I with a Tony Luke’s steak. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    2- I’ve had all the Philly steaks and I’d have to say hands down, my favorite is Jim’s. Unbeatable, in my opinion.


    • mrsptb says:

      Oh Man. LOL. “You don’t even microwave Steak-Ums.”

      That was EXACTLY what I was thinking when I watched the video and he made a reference to Steak-Ums!

  4. kamila says:

    p.s. i have had tony luke’s and i like them better than pat’s and geno’s…

  5. mrsptb says:

    I’m happy to hear I am not alone. Hopefully more people will weigh in with their thoughts.

    We all do have the advantage of cheesesteaks close by. Maybe this is better for those that don’t have cheesesteaks? To those I say: Eat something else.

    Pat’s & Geno’s are so gross to me. Blech.

  6. charris says:

    Well now that Jimmy Dean is gone we have to have other celebrities endorsing their meats.

  7. Jp says:

    Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks, from the actual location are phenomenal. Easily my favorite. When I worked in NJ I would stop by occasionally and get one after work. He also has awesome sandwiches, the roast pork, and chicken cutlet sandwiches are all really good. He also won a Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

  8. Caitlin says:

    Arg microwavable meat is so gross! I’m to the point where mostly everything made for the microwave is just nasty.

    Fresh off the grill~ sure! Jim’s on South Street wins my vote. My husband would say Steve’s Prince of Steaks in the Northeast hands down.

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