By: Kent B - MSTv contributor
Visit: Everything Philly
Its not often a newly opened restaurant can tout greater than expected patronage and receipts in barely a week of operation. However, it seems the all-new, North-gate LSU neighboring restaurant, "Everything Philly" can make that claim.
And its more than well deserved...
On entering this immaculately clean and inviting establishment, patrons will probably feel a sense of calm electricity emanating from neon blue and green walls, to the laid back seating decor. Next, one can expect the multiple smells, ranging from the lean grilling beef of the cheese-steaks, to the subtle sweet aromas of the water-ices,(kinda like creamy snow-balls or a sorbet) to assault your senses. But, the assault isn't over yet.
One need only look to the right of the service counter to see the small, yet satisfying menu of authentic Philadelphia stables this restaurant offers. Then, before stepping up to receive your generous helping of a water-ice sample, you see it-- a courteous and efficient service staff waiting to assure your visit is one to remember; prompting many returns. And be assured, you will be returning...
This is what you can expect from the new Everything Philly. And its a very welcome addition to the Red Stick.
Conceived through the passion of Philly native, Ameen Walker, "Everything Philly" proudly claims and delivers the authentic Philadelphia tastes and treats Mr. Walker grew up enjoying. And despite living in Louisiana for nearly two decades, one need only look around the restaurant to see that you can take the boy outta Philly, but not vise-versa.
Walker demands that his stock and ingredients are shipped directly from Pennsylvania several times weekly; to bring "Everything Philly" its traditional tastes. From barrels of water-ice flavors to specific cheese-steak rolls, dough for the pizza & funnel cakes; plus even East-coast-centric Herr's potato chips, everything is authentic - and delicious.
The menu, while sparse, is littered with options to appeal to most tastes. Plus, the prices are incredibly reasonable to go along with the generous helpings served.
The pizza is cheesy, flavorful and generous with the toppings.
The cheese-steaks are hot, not stingy with the meat and filled to satisfy large appetites. Also, the sides and desserts are typical, but tasty.
But, the star of the establishment seems to be a strange, kinda ice cream/sno-ball concoction called a "water-ice." Trying to wrap your head around what this is exactly, is futile. Best to just taste it and get sucked in by its creamy goodness, like the numerous patrons who line up to "free-sample" almost every flavor. And they just keep coming!!!
All-in-all, "Everything Philly" goes to show that we here in Louisiana just plainly love food -- as long as its good; something this restaurant brings nicely. So, while you're roaming around Baton Rouge, treat yourself to the new, tasty and authentic that is "Everything Philly."
But a word of advice: summer is nearly here and the numerous flavors of that "water-ice" thing disappear fast. Probably best to get there before your favorite gets all scooped up.
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