A Taste of Philly in Southern FloridaPosted: March 3, 2011
Our food adventure in Southern Florida continues. Yesterday Kate and I were able to sneak out during Greg’s nap time. Thank you Grammy and Papa! We hopped in the car and headed south. For two hours we were free! It was like our pre-children days. It felt like we were moving at the speed of light. No child to strap into a car seat, wow. When traveling with kids, nothing is fast.
For lunch, Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies was in our sights. During our research leading up to our Florida trip we stumbled upon Sonny’s while looking at a Dinners, Drive-ins and Dives fan page, where they list all of the locations Guy Fieri has visited. Kate and I both love steak sandwiches, Sonny’s makes their own bread, and the reviews seemed to be pretty good – They made the list. We’ve visited several restaurants after seeing them featured on the Food Network. After watching Bobby Flay challenge Flip Happy Crepes and Los Barrios to Thowdown’s we had to try them. Both were very good, with Flip Happy Crepes being exceptional. (See Flip Happy Post here). We once tried a taco joint that Bon Appetit claimed made the best taco’s in America… We were not impressed. Kate’s family is from Philly, so we know a good cheesesteak when we taste one. So how did Sonny’s stack up?
When we arrived Sonny’s was busy (usually a sign of a good place to eat), but we were able to get a table quickly. We ordered two sandwiches to split. The 90 – steak and onions, which we added american cheese to and a meatball parmesan, served with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese (which we substituted for provolone cheese).
The steak and cheese hoagie, was by far the best I have had outside of Philly. The bread was great, made daily at Sonny’s, it was the perfect foundation. Chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside. The steak was juicy, the texture was perfect and the sweet onions rounded it out nicely… It was darn good.
The meatball parmesan was an authentic Italian meatball sandwich. The meatballs were flavorful and tender. The marinara sauce perfectly tangy and smooth. The meatball parmesan was very good, but the steak and cheese made me want to do back flips in the parking lot. The service was fast and friendly. John, Sonny’s son got a kick out us traveling all the way from Houston to try his steak sandwiches.
Guy Fieri – You got Sonny’s right! A taste of Philly in Southern Florida.
A Cheesesteak with Wiz – A Philly Classic (Ordered by the lovely lady at the next table).