Just to add a bit more to the Belgo discussion, I have heard that they have
opened a branch in NY, and plan to open in Chicago as well. My parents ate
in the NY one, and said that it was decent, but not great. They are
spoiled, however, as there is wonderful, elevated, Belgian cuisine available
in the big Apple. As far as the two (or is there now three) Belgo's in
London, some of the critics there are complaining that the quality has gone
down and that it is strictly for tourists. I always try and stop there when
I am in London, and as recently as April, thought that it was still a great
place, with very good (not gourmet) food. I did not get there when I was in
London in July. The beer list is unparalled outside of Belgium! I would
recommend Belgo to most anyone!
I grew up in Central NJ, a little over an hour from Philly, and ate my share
of Philly cheesesteak sandwhiches. In fact, there is a place here in
Chicago that is called Phily's best, which makes a decent version of it.
Basically, it is a greasy sandwich of very thinly sliced steak (paper thin)
that is cooked with onions, sometimes peppers, and served on an Italian
style bun with melted White American (gross!) cheese over it. Sometimes
they use other wonderful American contributions to the world's great
cheeses, such as Velveeta, and it tastes a bit different. I can't explain
it, but to me, it is a great tasting, albeit disgusting, sandwich.
It is hard for me to imagine that someone from Italy, spoiled by their
magnificent cuisine, enjoying this, but then again, McDonalds is successful
in Europe, so there is no accounting for taste.
Enough said - it is lunch time