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Passyunk Avenue – A slice of Philly in London
80 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1
By Carol Gould
I had already experienced the delight of an authentic Philly cheesesteak courtesy of the Liberty Cheesesteak pop-up at the Democrats Abroad July 4th picnic in London. Run by expatriate Philadelphians, the steaks were the real thing - heaven for those of us homesick for down-home food.
I was one fan who had encouraged the Liberty Cheesesteak guys to open a restaurant, so it was a special moment to attend their Grand Opening. I have to confess I had already sampled their food before the premises had been 100% completed and was impressed.
I was given a terrific spot downstairs in what they call the ‘Penalty Box’ - a quiet alcove that seats two. In fact, I am thinking of asking them to make this my weekly permanent spot!
The steaks are exactly the same as those you would experience in Philadelphia. On opening night coleslaw came with the meal but when I went back with a friend a couple of days later the side was a gherkin - pickle to Fluffyans.
Buffalo wings, eggplant parmesan and, of course, hoagies, root beer and cream soda are also on the menu. They’ve promised me corn on the cob later in the year. The bar offers great beer and spirits.
On the Sunday I returned with a British friend - she liked the steak - the big screen was showing the previous night’s Phillies game. They won 20-1! I was jumping out of my skin.
The service at Passyunk Avenue is American-style gracious, friendly and efficient. I give the place 5 stars.