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The 4 Best Philly Cheesesteaks for CLEAR Attendees (or Anybody)

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By: Mary Strain

September 19, 2018 | RegulatoryEvents

More than 600 members of the educational regulatory community will be descending on Philadelphia September 26- 29 for the CLEAR conference. While I am fairly new to MicroPact – one of this year’s CLEAR sponsors – I am a native of Philadelphia and proud to welcome you to our wonderful city.

I would love to talk to you about Philadelphia’s historic significance, its world class art and music offerings, its abundance of top tier educational institutions, its exploding innovation and start-up culture and of course THE SUPERBOWL CHAMPION PHILADELPHIA E-A-G-L-E-S!  But as you prepare for your trip – I feel a sense of urgency to talk to you about cheesesteaks. 

Philadelphia is a town where cheesesteaks matter. Whiz runs in our veins and “wit” or “wit out” is not a dietary preference—it is a psychological profile.  So while you are in town, ignore the calorie count and check out some of my personal favorites.  

Dalessandros, 600 Wendover.  
About a 20-minute ride from the conference and worth every second. My absolute hands down favorite! Try the homemade pickles and peppers!

Ishkabibbles, 517 South Street. 
Terrific stand up joint on one of Philadelphia’s most famous streets.

Jim Steaks, 400 South Street. 
Again on South Street – a Philadelphia institution that will not disappoint.

Tony Luke’s, 39 East Oregon Ave. 
For those of you headed to the Phillies game, another great option right near the stadium.

*DiNic’s, Reading Terminal Market. 
Here’s the thing – it’s not a cheesesteak. But it is rated the best sandwich in America by The Travel Channel host Adam Richman.  Roast pork, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone, ‘nuff said.

Want to debate this list? Stop by booth 202 and bring it! Go Birds!

About the Author

Mary Strain has over twenty years of executive leadership experience across the public sector including technology, education, licensing and digital credentials.  In her current position at MicroPact she collaborates with state leaders to drive innovation across the regulatory ecosystem.  Mary has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and Masters in Public Policy from The City University of New York.