We Tried & Conquered The Philly Taco! (No, It’s Not Really A Taco)

philly tacoOver the weekend, the Michael W Travels family headed to Philadelphia for a one night stay at the DoubleTree located in Center City. (We booked the stay to use our Spend A Night On Us Certificate from our recent Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare Offer.)

We had no set plans besides visiting the close-by Legoland Discovery Center the following day.

One of the reasons we love Philadelphia is because its such a great food city.

During this trip, there was a food experience that we had to conquer. I wanted to give the famed Philly Taco a try!

Some of you are probably wondering, what’s a Philly taco? Well, a Philly taco isn’t like any taco you’ve seen before. It isn’t really a taco. What it is, is two awesome local foods combined to make a massive, local delicacy.

The Philly Taco can be had by visiting South Street. It consists of a cheesesteak from Jim’s Steaks (one of my favs) wrapped in a ginormous slice from Lorenzo And Sons Pizza.

When we showed up on South Street, we immediately ran into a problem. There was a line half way around the block at Jim’s Steaks. I had to think fast. We were really hungry so rather than wait on the long line, I got a cheesesteak from another shop.Across the street from Jim’s and just down the block from Lorenzo And Sons is what I had heard was another excellent cheesesteak shop. I figured it was worth giving Ishkabibbles a try.

I ordered a cheesesteak with wiz and then headed down the block to grab a slice (or two).When we got to Lorenzo And Sons Pizza, the shop was busy. It’s standing room only- you can stand at a narrow L- shaped counter as you enjoy your pizza.Before trying a slice, I figured that Lorenzo And Sons would be a really good slice. It’s made many lists and ranks #83 and this year’s 101 Best Pizzas in America list from Thrillist.The slice is so big that it’s got to be served on two plates!I needed two hands just to hold the slice up.The one negative with getting a cheesesteak to go is that way too much cheese gets lots in the foil and paper. Regardless, it looked really tasty.
Here are the two components of the Philly Taco. ( I just wonder, is it still a Philly Taco- even if I didn’t get a cheesesteak from Jim’s?)
As you can see, the slice is so huge that the cheesesteak fits with a little room to spare. I saw online that another way to merge to two foods is to roll the cheesesteak in the pizza. I found the method I chose to work well enough.Lucas couldn’t believe what I was doing- look at his face! I had to figure out how to attack this Philly Taco. It was pretty heavy and not so easy to handle.I lifted it with two hands and went in for a bite.I found the best method was to bend down, closer to the counter. This would allow any overflow to fall onto the plates.

I was beyond surprised at how good the Philly Taco was. Cheesesteak meat on a really good slice of pizza tastes delicious!

I ate a good amount of this massive meal before Lucas and Kim gave it a try. Lucas loved it an wanted more! Kim was reluctant to give it a try. After doing so, she was also surprised by how tasty the Philly Taco was.Final Thoughts:

Overall, I really loved the Philly Taco. It clearly isn’t a healthy meal or something that should be consumed frequently but I do plan on having it again (with a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak) next time we visit Philadelphia!

Would you give the Philly Taco a try or do you think it sounds like a gross food combination?

Lorenzo And Sons Pizza is located at 305 South Street, Ishkabibbles is located at 337 South Street and Jim’s Steaks is located at 400 South Street.

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4 thoughts on “We Tried & Conquered The Philly Taco! (No, It’s Not Really A Taco)

  1. This must be a tourist thing, I have lived in Philadelphia to 32 years and never once have i of the Philly Taco except for travel blogs and tv shows

  2. The Philly Taco is a new thing. I’ve lived in the Philadelphia suburbs my whole life and just heard about it a year ago.

    btw Jim’s is among my least favorite cheesesteaks in Philly. They apply the cheese to the bun instead of the beef, which is a travesty. I would recommend (in no order: John’s Roast Pork, Steve’s, or Mac’s Tavern.

    I want to like South Street but never understood the appeal; the best parts of Philly for visitors are Rittenhouse Square (plus the nearby Museum district) and Old City.

  3. Pat- I heard about it within the past few years but its been around for a while. I’ve enjoyed Jim’s the times I’ve been there. Johns Roast Pork is very good. The one place I didn’t like was Tony Luke’s. Never gave it another try. I’ll write Mac’s down. Thanks for the tip, never heard of it.

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