The Philly Taco is not something I would mention in polite company. And until this post, I doubt my mother knows the term, let alone that I had eaten one with gusto.
But thanks to NPR, the Philly Taco is seeing the light of day. And now we all must talk about the hidden reason that Philadelphia is a perennial contender for America's fattest city.
The Philly Taco is a cheesesteak wrapped in a slice of cheese pizza. NPR gets the slice from Lorenzo & Son on South Street and Jim's Steaks -- both are the preferred choices for what is known as the Lorenzo-Jim's Challenge or South Street Sushi.
In 2009, Philadelphia Magazine explained how to down a Philly Taco. The key is to roll the slice around the cheesesteak, essentially building a sandwich-pizza-burrito hybrid. The oversized slices and double cheese guarantee this is one meal that will leave its mark on your shirt.
It also means that one should never get into a mouth fight with a Philly Taco sober. This is the kind of food challenge born of drunken antics and it should remain in that realm. Shame on you, NPR, for introducing the world to the culinary equivalent of the walk of shame.
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