I was happy to see a recent episode of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series, Parts Unknown, in which he touted that the best Philly cheesesteak is not found in Philly, but across the Delaware in Camden, NJ, at Donkey’s Place. It was so refreshing to hear someone confirm an opinion I’ve had for nearly 40 years. Yes, that’s how long I’ve been a customer at Donkey’s Place. Too bad that many locals don’t even think about venturing into Camden for lunch. Well, I’m here to tell you that I worked in Camden for 33 years, and lived there for 14 of those years. It’s a city on the rise, and besides, Donkey’s is easily accessible on Haddon Avenue not far from the ‘burbs. DO NOT BE AFRAID! You don’t even need a passport. Anyway, getting back to cheesesteak, their’s comes on a round mound of roll covered with poppy seeds, a nice change from the standard fare. And the meat is perfect. Piled high and smothered in the artery blocker of your choice. They have opened a suburban Donkeys Place Too in Marlton, but go for the original at least once. The service is better, it’s usually less crowded, and, most importantly, the suburban version is not located just a few blocks from Harleigh Cemetery inside which you can visit, in a secluded glen, the last resting place of the city’s most famous resident, Walt Whitman. Cheesesteak and Whitman. “Whatever satisfies the soul is truth”.
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