What: Passyunk Avenue
In a nutshell: Sandwiches, American-style
Summing it all up: From humble beginnings as a Spitalfields food truck to a full blown sandwich restaurant and dive bar in Fitzrovia, Passyunk Avenue has arrived in its new bricks-and-mortar form to ply us with cheesesteaks, meatball sandwiches and scrapple - a type of pork meatloaf.
If you’ve ever wanted to try one of those authentic, dairy-laden Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches, you’re about to get your chance. Philly-themed Passyunk Avenue is coming to London and bringing with it aforementioned sandwiches, pretzels, and more American grub.
It’ll be the bricks-and-mortar incarnation of Old Spitalfield’s Markets’ former food truck, the Liberty Cheesesteak Company (which The Londonist gave a suitable accolade to in 2017). Inside the new venue, they’ll be aiming to conjure a dive bar vibe, which sounds like the perfect setting for such gloriously mucky, eat-with-your-hands style food.
Once in, you’ll be able to load up on the likes of roast pork and meatball sandwiches, soft pretzels and 'scrapple', a type of meatloaf comprising mainly of pork and occasionally buckwheat flour (and yes, we did have to Google that...)
However, the dish of the day is sure to be their borderline pornographic-looking cheesesteaks, made with sliced ribeye beef, crammed into a soft Italian roll and topped with a thick helping of their homemade cheese sauce - or ‘whiz’ if you’re using the lingo."
In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, owner JP Teti seems pretty upbeat about the potential for his upcoming bricks and mortar venture: "We had this initial shock from the locals who have had to sort of ‘re-understand’ what a sandwich is, and then I think comes a deeper appreciation for what we’re doing in general."
More about Passyunk Avenue
Where is it? 80 Cleveland Street, London, United Kingdom
When does it open? February 2018