Strolling along 3rd avenue downtown you see a hand painted sign stapled on an awning above you, looking up after having the colorful sign catch your eye you notice the sign reads: "Phillies Finest Hoagies".
Interested in seeing how this new establishment is looking in the city of brotherly love, you wander on inside the new joint. Looking around you see a deep freezer off to the left with bottles of soda being ice chilled. Next to the freezer, is a fancy brand new red bottle opener for the sodas labeled; "Property of The Strangers"...
Walking up to the counter you look down noticing the floor having as nicely finished green and white marble flooring. Looking up at the counter you see a man, smiling at you. In his hand lay a menu for you to look over and decide upon. The mans name tag reads "SquidMaster". Thinking it was an odd name you smirk to yourself in your head as you take a seat on the clack leather chair residing in the corner of the lobby of the store.
Not understanding why someone would put so much money into a sandwich shop you start to become interested in what you're actually here for, the food!... looking down at the menu you notice in big bold letters on the cover of the menu. It hits you, you realize why someone would put so much time and effort into an establishment like this...
"Phillies Finest Hoagies! Serving gourmet sandwiches since 1912! Family owned and operated!
The aroma of steak and cappacola hits your nose as you begin to read more of the menu. Hearing the sizzle from the grill in the back, you begin to smell the onions along with bell peppers being seared in a pan of oil...
Cracking the neck of the menu to see a nicely hand written list of items the store serves... thinking to yourself you're really in the mood for a sandwich now you begin to read the menus as followed...
Phillies Signature Steak! - Steak, American Cheese, Onion, Bell Peppers on a Kaizer bun - $4
The Strong Italian! - Cappacola, Provolone Cheese, Pepperoni, Banana Peppers, Tomato, Lettuce topped with out famous home made Italian dressing - $3
Brisket with smothered BBQ chicken! - Tender juicy brisket with all white chicken battered in our famous BBQ sauce, your choice of cheese between American, Swiss or Provolone - $3.50
The El Diablo - Hot Spiced Cappacola, black pepper-corned pepperoni, Pepper jack cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos - $4
Coke - $.50
Diet Coke - $.50
Mellow Yellow - $.45
Bottled Water - $1
Tea - $.80
Making the decision on what you will have in your head you stand up noticing a few men in the back of the store who don't look as if they belong in this setting... Wearing black trench coats, carrying what looks to be very full envelopes out of the back office and stuffing them into their pockets. Knowing this place may be a good source of business in the future you remind yourself to keep coming back and checking in on this place to see what it may have to offer you...
Smiling with your stomach growling from not being fed all day; you walk up to the counter with a smile from ear to ear. The well dressed man behind the counter smiling back gladly states he will take your order whenever you are ready. After telling him you have went over the menu and deliberated you simply exclaim you will have...
Running back to the kitchen to assume his command as head kitchen staff of his fine establishment, SquidMaster begins to make his first two customers orders for the restaurant...
With the Grill sizzling and the bread toasting, he walks up to the two offering them free drinks compliments of the house due to being the first two customers at Philly's Finest Hoagies! Running back to the kitchen scrambling together their orders tossing various condiments and packaged sauces in a bag, SquidMaster returns up front with their orders...
"Mr. Dent my good man, I know exactly what you mean! Philly is literally going to get you in your sleep if you don't leave with one of its sandwiches! I have been haunted many nights my good man. I really hope you enjoy this, momma always said a good sandwich isn't anything if you don't put your heart into it!"
Turning the the lady he smiles and gently gives her the order she had placed...
"_Mary-Jane_, I have seen you around town many times now and I must say, it was so nice of you to stop by my kitchen on grand opening day! I really do appreciate it, I'm sure this free drink along with a nice present inside the bag will go along nicely with our future business together here in the fine city of Philadelphia!"
Looking down in the bag, _Mary-Jane_ notices a smuggled diamond necklace that SquidMaster had acquired through his trades with the men in the back....
"Don't worry about it, I got word of a shipment of jewelry last week ;)"
Ladyfighter decides to take a walk in the Business District to see how the new Businesses are doing. First she noticed the big sign:
"Phillies Finest Hoagies"
Squidmaster opened his business right there. Even though it is still early, Ladyfighter looks through the window and sees people eating and Squidmaster running from his counter to the tables.
Ladyfighter smiles and decides to enter the sandwich restaurant.
"Hello Squidmaster, i see you are having a lot of customers at the moment. Is there a free table for me to have something to eat?"
"Of course Lady, you can have a table near the window" Squidmaster answered and leaves her the menu.
Ladyfighter reads the menu and sees that this will be a hard choice to make. What to eat....
That Phillies Signature Steak sounds fantastic, only the Bell Peppers is not something I fancy. You already feel the strong taste when you read about that Strong Italian sandwich.
But seeing the Brisket with smothered BBQ chicken, Ladyfighter knows what to order.
Squidmaster sees Ladyfighter decided what to eat and walks towards her table again. "What can I bring you Lady?", he asks. "Squidmaster, perfect menu card you have. I do want to try your Brisket with smothered BBQ chicken. I will choose the Swiss cheese, please. Oh and bring me a coke with it, I am really thirsty".
Not long after having ordered, Squidmaster brings Ladyfighter her sandwich. As expected the sandwich was great and tasted like Ladyfighter thought it would taste.
"Thank you Squidmaster, be sure I will be back".
Ladyfighter leaves some money on the table and leaves the restaurant with a smile.
SquidMaster begins to rush back and forth from the grill to the counter space delivering orders to the appropriate people as he finishes them on the grill...
Noticing LadyFighter, Sinfest and VictorWard placing orders he zooms their orders to the front of the line... established members of the community always have top priority around Philly's Finest Hoagies...
Scrambling up some steak with cheese on the grill, SquidMaster turns to VictorWard and says it will be right up! Turning back to the grill he flings the buttered hoagie bun face down on the flat top grill... reaching across the grill he throws the chicken patty with the chopped bricket on the grill to heat up. Grabbing his baster dripping with homemade sweet BBQ sauce, Squidmaster engulfs the chicken and brisket with the sauce; leaning over toe ladyfighter he states her order will be up in just a sec!
Taking the cheese wiz and finalizing the Hoagie off by spreading it thick on the top of the cheesy steak, SquidMaster grabs his spatula and hurls the meat cheesy concoction onto the toasted hoagie bun, wrapping it all up nice and neat he gently places Victors sandwich on the counter for him to enjoy at any time...
"Thank you for your business Victor, tell the finest city of New York they're welcome in my establishment at any time!"
Turning back to the grill he begins working on Sinfests' order as well, throwing some steak and peppers on the grill, SquidMaster notices LadyFighters order is done cooking... after placing some swiss cheese on the top of the brisket and chicken, SquidMaster takes his homemade extra large bun and place it on a serving dish roll side down... Gently placing the brisket on one side of the bun and the chicken on the other, he loads the side dish with home made fried mozzarella sticks. Running over to the soda machine he grabs a couple cokes and a couple Mellow Yellows...
Bringing over LadyFighters order to her table he sets the cokes on the corner of the booth and cracks the lids for the lovely lady... Quickly laying the hot food down in front of her she still sees the steam raising off the sides and the entree... SquidMaster tells her to enjoy her meal as he darts back off into the kitchen to finish to final waiting order...
Noticing the peppers and steak becoming nicely cooked, SquidMaster throws some diced onion on the grill to begin to caramelize as he gets the order together on a plate for the fellow mobster...
Throwing the meat and cheese on a bun, SquidMaster finally tops the sandwich off with the cooked peppers and appropriate grilled onion, SquidMaster turns to Sinfest and asks if he would like his order for dine in or carry out today...
Gary was headed home after a long day of stalking and scaring little children and was beginning to feel the growing pains of hunger in his stomach.
"Let's stop and get something to eat! He turns his head" "No, no. We must make it home in time for our shows." Straightening up. "Ah, fuck the shows. You always watch them. I'm getting something to eat."
Walking into the shop the smell of onions on the grill fills his head. He walks up to the counter and orders. "Hey boss, give me a Signature Steak to go." "I want a soda!" "NO! We have plenty of soda at the house." "You're the worst Gary." "You are Gary!"
Noticing the people staring he quickly pays and makes his way a seat and waits.
Greeting the next two customers at his front counter, SquidMaster gladly takes the mens money and hands them their appropriate change for the orders... shaking the hands of the men he runs back to the kitchen to get started.
Firing up the onions and laying the buns face down on the grill, SquidMaster looks over at Gary and Gent and simply exclaims...
"You guys picked the BEST sandwich shop in town! I know you'll enjoy these signature pieces we have here for you!... So Gary, what line of business are you in my friend? Gent; you as well?"
With eyes widening of almost forgetting about the food due to be social, SquidMaster begins to turn the onions and throw peppers on the grill behind the aromatic onions. Throwing some house seasonings on the steak as he lays that on the grill, SquidMaster quickly jumps and throws the hot pepperoni and Cappacola on the grill as well... the sizzling becomes louder and louder as the order progresses... coming back up to the front to the men, waiting for their answer; SquidMaster wipes the sweat off his head with his apron allowing the men to keep moving forward in the social conversation...
"So cat got your guys' tongue today? How you been guys!?"
"Greetings Squid... i hope you dont mind calling you that. Or course, i go by Gent... it is much easier this way. My line of buisiness... hmm... let's just say that i am a young business man in Philly. I am learning the ropes into becoming a great businessman. There is a lot to be learned here in philly, and it is a pleaure to meet you sir. There sandwich smells great, you seem to have a fine buisiness yourself. It is always good to meet successful people. I will deffinately stop by from time to time for a tasteful sandwich and a nice cup of tea."
Gent starts eating his sandwich while drinking his tea. He was liking his town more and more everyday.
Sensei walks into the establishment. It has not been long since leaving his home city of Tokyo, but it seems like years have passed since having a decent meal. He looks at the menu curiously, pondering each item.
I must admit I was hoping for a taste of home. But instead we may try the other side of the coin and fill my stomach with the tastes of my new home. Do you have any suggestions for a new arrival? The BBQ Brisket sandwhich peaked my curiosity. I'm told you Americans use BBQ sauce much like we use our Soy Sauce. Basically dipped... or perhaps smothered over anything any everything. I'll have that with some tea, please. Chai if you have it. But Green tea will do just fine.
Sensei stands there, unsure of the American custom for paying for his meal.
Cassi opened the door to the sandwich shop and was instantly greeted with warmth and amazing smells that made her stomach growl and her mouth water. She stepped inside and looked around at the many people milling about, talking, eating, just enjoying themselves in general. She hadn't realized how hungry she was until she walked through the door, now suddenly she felt as if she hadn't eaten for days.
She began reading over the menu and knew that she was going to have to come back again and again so that she could try every single sandwich on the menu. But for the moment she was content with the Philly Cheesesteak and a coke. She placed her order and then looked around for an empty table. When she found one, she made her way over slowly. She pulled the chair out and sat down, where she waited for her food. Man, Squiddy had done a fine job with this joint.
Sinfest walks into the Deli and just inhales the smell of peppers onions and deli meats. Sinfest almost drooling cant wait to get to the counter and order. Sinfest walks up to the counter with a gleam in his eye while he places his order
"MMMM these hoagies all smell so good. If I could get a Strong Italian sub I think I could make it another day"
Waiting for his order Sinfest takes a look around the shop and cant help but feel a bit impressed. He thought the smell was good. The decor was just awesome. Paying for his hoagie Sinfest takes a booth and begins to chow down. It was a delicious sub if anyone couldn't tell by how fast Sinfest scarfed it down. Nodding to the clerk Sinfest grabs his coat and takes off into the night ready for another big payday.