McNally’s Tavern $
8634 Germantown Ave., 215/247-9736,
HOURS: Mon.–Sat. 11:15 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. noon–8 p.m.
COST: Most entrées less than $10
Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more artery-clogging than the cheesesteak, along comes the Schmitter. In addition to beef, onions, and extra cheese, the Schmitter comes with tomatoes, salami, and a special secret mayonnaise-y sauce.
The sandwich has become a widely known Philly phenomenon, and is now also sold at Citizens Bank Park during Phillies’ games. McNally’s also offer plenty of other less intimidating house specialties, soups, salads, and, of course, regular cheesesteaks and hoagies.
A casual spot in the refined Chestnut Hill neighborhood, it also has a long history. An early incarnation of the restaurant was established in 1921 by Rose McNally to provide lunch for the trolley operators, including her husband.
Her great-granddaughters operate the business today out of the same house the family bought to accommodate the growing business in 1927.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition