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Review: I Went To Philly, Toronto


A new cheap and cheerful restaurant recently opened down the street from my apartment. I Went To Philly sits just north of College on Yonge Street. The place is decked out as a classic American eatery featuring a juke box, walls covered in American dollar bills and the classic red and white checkered aesthetic.

A few days ago friend and fellow food blogger Garrett Tonge  from FoodzTO popped by my house after work for a drink. We were both starving by 8pm so decided to go on a culinary adventure to the land of liquid cheese and obscene portion sizes.

The name of the restaurant says it all: the Stevenson family went to Philadelphia on vacation and had the opportunity to visit the cities famous Pat’s and Geno’s. On their trip they fell in love with the Philly Cheesesteak and were enthused to open up the first restaurant exclusively showcasing this unique Philly offering to Toronto audiences.

The menu offers the classic Philly Cheesesteak as well as burgers, dogs, bloomin onions and a wild assortment of fries. We opt to order the classic with onion, provolone and Cheez Whiz and share a massive basket of fries topped with grilled ribeye steak and slathered in liquid fromage. They also offer a selection of classic American beverages such as cream soda, root beer and yoo hoo’s.

We plopped ourselves at a table and spent the next 30 minutes gorging. The sandwich is served up on a crispy and soft Italian sub bun which is filled with delicitaely shaved beef that is fried on a flat top griddle with onions. Cheez Whiz sticks to the tips of your fingers while a hot pickled cherry pepper compliments each order. A spicy bomb in your belly. We finished off our meal with two Tastykake’s filled with peppermint and peanut butter. Rubbing my belly all the way home. Whiz’d!

#449 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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