Philadelphia Journals

Land of the Free, and the Home of the Cheesesteak

A March 2001 trip to Philadelphia by LoCho

Jims Steaks Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Philadelphia is located on the eastern border of Pennsylvania, just across the Delaware River from New Jersey. Philadelphia is an important American Historical site, as it served as the capitol of the United States from 1790 until 1800.

Land of the Free, and the Home of the Cheesesteak

Overview

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While in town, you should visit Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, George Washinton Park, etc. The historical sites are almost endless. Don't leave town without trying the famous Philly Cheesesteaks -- ask a local for a good place to go.

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Best Way To Get Around:

Walking the streets of Philly is a pleasure, but you can also rent a car, take a taxi, or if you're looking for luxury, you can opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride around town.

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel

Hotel | "Sheraton Society Hill"

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Sheratons all over the country are basically the same... comfortable and nice, without being overly extravagant. The Philadelphia Sheraton is located across the highway from the Delaware River, and is near most of the historical sites. Rooms are clean and well equipped. There is a small gym with machines and weights, and an indoor pool.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 30, 2001

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
1 DOCK ST I 95
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
215-238-6000

Old Bookbinder's Original

Restaurant | "Original Bookbinders"

Old Bookbinder's Original Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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We stumbled upon Bookbinders while exploring the area around our hotel, and thought it looked interesting. My group of 5 did not have reservations when we showed up at 7pm, and we waited an hour and a half for a table! I definitely recommend that you have reservations! While we built up our appetites, we sat at the bar and enjoyed the numerous pictures of celebrities on the walls, all taken with the retaurant's owner. The specialties of Bookbinders are seafood dishes, and I must say are delicious. There are non-seafood choices for those who don't like seafood. The meal was terrific, and worth the wait.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2001

Old Bookbinder's Original
125 Walnut Street
Philadelphia 19106

Jim's Steaks

Restaurant

Jim's Steaks Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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You've gotta have at least one cheesesteak before you leave Philly. We were told by a local that Jim's was the place to go. When we got there at lunchtime, there was literally a line out the door. The line moved pretty fast, though, and we got our food about 1/2 hour after arriving. You can order your cheesesteak with American, Provolone, or Cheesewhiz... and then there are extras like mushrooms, onions, peppers, ...

I had mine with provolone, mushrooms, and onions. It was yummy. If you're really, really hungry you can attempt to break the cheesesteak-eating record: 11 sandwiches in 1 1/2 hours!!! Good luck!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2001

Jim's Steaks
400 South Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 928-1911