Friday, November 21, 2008

No sub for you! Next!

Tat's Delicatessen, adjacent to Occidental Square, serves up what has become one of my favorite sandwiches: their version of the classic Philly CheeseSteak.

I am not gonna touch the perennial Philly CheeseSteak argument with a 10-ft salami, but I will say this about that. Brian Tatman (the eponymous one) and Jason Simodejka came to our fair city from Philly and Jersey and, when they couldn't find a decent cheesesteak out here, decided to make their own. Since opening Tat's in 2004, the world, or at least the legion of loyal fans queueing up at lunchtime, is the better for it.

There's a sign posted in the shoebox-sized deli that orders you to practice your order while waiting in line. I wholeheartedly agree. Seriously, I'm hungry, and not in a mood for the guy ahead of me to wax indecisive about what to put on their cheesesteak. It's not rocket science. It's 8-inch or 12-inch, cheese wiz or provolone, onion and or peppers, or no sub for you! Next!

Tat's, however, is no one-trick pony. Their other hot and cold subs are also worthy of high acclaim. If you're not in the mood for a cheesesteak, how about "Tat'strami," thick with pastrami, melted Swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing? So many choices. Just remember to practice your order. Practice makes a perfect lunch.

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