Napkin Please

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True Philadelphians just call it the “cheesesteak,” but everywhere else we know it by its allusion to the City of Brotherly Love. But the Philly cheesesteak isn’t about coddling you; it’s unpretentious, doesn’t count calories and tells you to f*** off if you can’t finish. The story goes that this sandwich had its humble beginnings one fine day in the 1930s at a hot dog stand owned by two brothers. In Seoul, you can get a little Philly love at Napkin Please in Seoraemaeul. Owner Park Hyun, who’s traveled back and forth between the States and Korea, wanted to open a tap house here in Seoul with simple but delicious food and added the Philly cheesesteak to his menu. In keeping with tradition, the Philly comes on a long hoagie roll, with three choices for cheese (white American, provolone or Cheez Whiz) and optional grilled onions and bell peppers. Hyun says that though Gene’s in Philly makes the most famous cheesesteak, he modeled his after the thinner and more finely chopped sirloin at Pat’s and Jim’s. Be forewarned that this sandwich is large and oozing with melted cheese (yes, you’ll find yourself asking for a napkin, please).

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Venue name: Napkin Please
Contact:
Address: 27, Seorae-ro 2-gil
Seocho-gu
Seoul
06580
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 12–11pm
Transport: Express Bus Terminal Station, Exit 5
Price: Philly cheesesteak 11,000 won
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