5 Philadelphia Foods Jon Stewart Needs to TryBy Danya Henninger | May 22, 2014 By Danya Henninger | May 22, 2014
Simply put, Philadelphia is a city that loves to get trolled. We’re never more invigorated than when defending our home turf from naysayers. Even if we think a certain Philly trope or tradition is misguided or foolish, far be it from anyone else to say so - an outsider attack just brings our city-state patriotism to the fore.
Lucky for us, people love to troll Philadelphia. Truth be told, most of the time it’s because they know the response it will provoke (Hi, BuzzFeed!). It’s a two-way street: they bad-mouth us, we get indignant, people on both sides talk about how silly the argument is, and Philly’s reputation as an underdog city flourishes unabated.
That dynamic was recently on display when Jon Stewart decided to trash talk Philadelphia as part of his opening monologue on The Daily Show. It was payback for Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg’s claim that he got food poisoning while eating at Shake Shack at the Mets CitiField. It was a relatively good-natured rant - you could tell there was no wrath behind it - and while he was talking about how gross cheesesteaks are, Stewart even admitted (in a whispered aside) that he loved them.
Fact is, as much as we’ll come to the defense of the cheesesteak, there are other foods that show off the Philadelphia region better.
Without further ado, here are five Philly foods that Jon Stewart needs to try.