May 14, 2012 -
The latest culinary addition to the newly renamed Harrah’s Philadelphia casino is a Tony Luke’s, the South Philly sandwich shop famous for its roast pork sandwiches and cheesesteaks. The rebranding of the casino formerly known as Harrah’s Chester is meant to give the casino a broader regional appeal and the addition of Tony Luke’s as a dining spot helps in that regard.
PhillyGambles’ personal favorite is Tony Luke’s roast pork and sharp provolone with broccoli rabe. We are utterly convinced that the broccoli rabe makes it a health food.
Last Friday, the casino introduced Tony Luke’s to the casino restaurant lineup by having world-class competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi on hand who attempted to wolf down a cheesesteak in less than 24 seconds, which had been Kobayashi’s own previous record. There’s some discrepancy as to exactly how much time Kobayashi took but, depending on when you count the last swallow, it was close.
After the cheesesteak, Kobayashi went on to speed-eat three additional items—a 10-inch pizza, a bowl of mac and cheese and a cannoli. Kobayashi’s goal was to down all four in less than two minutes. With “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background, he did it in 1:52.
In addition to Tony Luke’s, two other new restaurants at Harrah’s Philadelphia are Caffe Napoli, a full-service 24-hour Italian-themed restaurant and cafe that opened in April, and a micro-brew and barbecue pub called BarleyQue, which is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.
Photo: Tony Luke with one of his famous sandwiches. Courtesy Tony Luke.