Philly Frank’s Steaks Owner Secretly Roots Padres!
Padres fans beware: San Marcos’ delicious cheesesteak is strong in Philadelphia.
SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Just about everywhere you go in San Diego County, people support the Padres, except one. In this Zevely Zone, I went to San Marcos to visit Philly Frank’s Steaks. Philadelphia may be the city of brotherly love, but they’re the enemy this week. I thought why not make a fuss as I walked through the cheesesteak shop chanting, “Here we go Padres, here we go Padres!”
I was greeted with boos at the door. I knew Philly Frank was sympathetic to Philly, but who knew it was such a bastion of San Marcos? Before I knew what was going on, Philly fan Keith Keller put a Philly jersey on my Padres outfit. “What’s going on here? I’m melting,” I shouted.
The best cheesesteak in San Diego County is loaded with peppers and Philly attitude. “How are you?” I asked Linda Soper who replied, “It’s been a long time. Tell me about it, the Padres are back in the hunt for the World Series title. She and her husband Frank are the owners of Philly Frank’s Steaks. They were born and raised in Philadelphia. All of their food still comes from Philadelphia. “All our rolls, everything, our peppers, everything,” Linda said. The sandwiches are authentic and so are the people.
I asked client Matt Morris who he was looking for. “Phillies,” he said with a strong vibration. Then I spoke to Shawn Evans. “I’m a Phillies fan.” We were in front of a large photo that showed Dr. J wringing Larry Bird’s neck. Ha, ha, ha,” Shawn laughed. “That’s a memorable photo.”
There was also a big poster of Rocky Balboa who was the ultimate underdog. “You’re a seed six, we’re a seed five. We’re both underdogs,” I told Linda. “We’re both underdogs, but our Eagles are 6-0,” Linda replied.
I knew if I was taking the shoot in extra innings. Eventually I would find friendly fire. “I root for the Padres,” said Dana Kohl, who is married to a Philadelphia fan. Brian Shaw is also married to a daughter from Philadelphia. “I’m a San Diego Padre fan, originally from San Diegan. Go Pads, but I married a girl from Philadelphia, so we’re a house divide,” Brian said.
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As for Linda Soper, she has been San Diegan for 35 years. Although she knows who butters her bread, San Diego has become her home away from home. She told me she secretly supports the Padres. “Yeah, ha ha ha, but please come and eat here,” Linda said.
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“The Philly cheesesteak is still a winner, but the Phillies are losers,” added Brian Shaw. “The goose is on the loose,” said Dana Kohl. If you can’t keep up with the Padres in Philadelphia, Linda invites you to come grab a cheesesteak at San Marcos and watch a game on their big-screen TV. For more information, click here.