Game 1, the battle of the slices, goes to the Yanks.
Game 2: Sandwiches
[Photo: Adam Kuban]
You've heard of a pitcher's duel, which on the field in this World Series might feature Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabithia. Well, our equivalent is the sandwich duel, which pits Philly's cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches against NYC's pastrami and corned beef on rye.
Philly's cheesesteak culture has defined what a cheesesteak is everywhere else in the country, but the same can be said about New York and pastrami sandwiches. This game heads into extra innings, where Tony Luke's and John's Roast Pork knock in the game winner.'
Series is tied at one game apiece.
Game 3: Pretzels.
This game is full of twists and turns (ha, ha), but in the end Philly's clear soft pretzel superiority wins out. The incomparable Fisher's Pretzel wins the game with a clutch two out buttery hit. Phillies go up two games to one.
Pistachio and orange gelato from Capogiro's. Photo: Robyn Lee
Philly is the ancestral home of Bassett's and more recently developed the most excellent Capogiro Gelato. But New York is the ancestral home of Haagen Dazs and currently offers a dazzling array of frozen treats, including Shake Shack, the Italian import Grom, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and L'Arte del Gelato. Sorry, Phillies fans, New York just has too much fire (or should I say ice) power here.
The World Series is first and foremost about baseball traditions, so what other food can settle the Serious Eats World Series besides hot dogs. Alas, New York's hot dog culture is markedly superior to Philly's. We have Papaya King and Gray's Papaya andCrif Dogs and Katz's and Old Town Bar and Grill and Bark. Top to bottom, New York may have the toughest hot dog line-up of any city in the country. What can Philly counter with, hot dog wise? Moe's Hot Dog House? Johnny's Hots? The Phillies are going to have to bring up some promising minor league hot dog prospects from southern Jersey. Sorry, Phillies, too little, too late.