January 7, 2020

On The Streets of Philasota (Best T.C. Philly's)

So what if Philasota is a made up word... It's an accurate word to describe the fantastic Philly's that are being made right here in Minnesota. Besides, I'd rather be here consuming some of the best Philly's over being in Philthadelphia any day of the week.

My wife and I have had some of the most unpleasant creations, but after experiencing dozens of Philly's, we have found some of the very best that Minnesota has to offer. And, while some people claim that the only true authentic way to experience a Philly is with whiz on it, it's truly just a myth and whiz is disgusting. 

So, who has the best Philly's? We'll start with the top 5, followed up with those that shouldn't be overlooked as well.

Our current champion belongs to Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks located in Maplewood across from Maplewood Mall on White Bear Ave. We stopped by this place thanks to a recommendation from our readers and we're thankful for their input. We were a little hesitant to stop by and recently learned it's under the same ownership as Frank From Philly. Tono's Original Philly had a ton of steak, the right amount of onions, the perfect amount of cheese and the roll was perfect - soft and warm. Their Philly's should definitely be consumed by the masses and I pray they open a location in the south metro, preferably Apple Valley. Now I need to check out this pizza thing they have going on as well and see how those compare to my favorite spots.

Coming in with the silver medal is O'Malley's Irish Pub, a delicious little pub situated in Woodbury. I am always preaching consistency, consistency, consistency and O'Malley's never fails and delivers awesome Philly's every time we stop in to have one. While they have some other delicious tasting food on the menu to choose from, it's the Philly that keeps us returning for more. Definitely not a place you want to keep driving past.

In the heart of Dinkytown on the U of M campus is our third place finalist - Frank and Andreas Pizza and Philly, a place worthy of feeding your Philly craving. I didn't have the best experience my first go-round with Frank's and there were plenty of people that weren't all that happy with what we had to say. I gave it a little time between visits and finally decided to give it another shot. Glad I did! As previously mentioned, this place is under the same ownership as our top spot Tono's. The Philly here had solid flavor, plenty of steak, peppers onions and cheese, and the bun was super soft and warm, not as rock hard as I remember it being my first time visiting.  (Pictured above)

Once sitting atop the list, our fourth place Philly spot is definitely not a place to pass by while driving down West 7th in St. Paul. Goody's Hot City Pizza is serving up some solid Philly's and a big shout out to our friend Jeff C. for guiding us to this awesome establishment. Just a little hole-in-the-wall spot and it's all you need to enjoy one of Goody's Philly's. 

Rounding out our top 5 list are the Philly's found at TOPS Tavern in the small town of Rosemount. Another Philly that was once sitting in the top spot, their Philly's are definitely consistent. We happen to reside in the South Metro and when a Philly craving hits, this is not only the best option in the South Metro, it's close as well. Always overloaded with meat, chopped onions and peppers, and tons of melted cheese. All of this deliciousness on a 9" or 18" Philly style baguette.

Other notable Philly's that should be considered while you're out and about on your Philly journey can be found at;
  • Pappy's Chicago Style Eatery, with a couple of locations and a while very tasty, a little smaller than most of the competition. 
  • Saint Paul Saints and CHS Field. The next time you're at a game, head over to the third base line and check out one of these bad boys. 
  • Jersey Mike's Subs. Yes, I know it's a chain, but holy crap their Philly's are good. 
  • Lumberyard Pub in Afton is where you will find a more unique take on the classic Philly, but delicious and can hold its own. 
  • Dominick's Pizza in IGH/Eagan has a pretty solid Philly if you're going to be in the area. 
Enjoy the journey and eat some Philly's. If you come across a solid creation that you think we should check out, let us know. We would love to try it.... 

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