July 18, 2013 • W2H Blog
Authenticity and passion! These are the two main points I took away from speaking with Carey Sobel and Jim Guerino, the creators and owners of Chi Phi: A Taste of Two Cities. These guys keep it simple and DO IT RIGHT! I had the opportunity to sit down with the two owners, learn about the passion for their business, and eat GREAT food from two iconic cities. Chi Phi (pronounced shy-fi) is a new restaurant in downtown Orlando that combines the classic foods of both Chicago and Philadelphia that really make you feel at home.
Carey and Jim started with an idea a year ago and began it with a Chi Phi food truck, which they now have in addition to this new, growing restaurant. The pair really put in the hard yards to build their business from the ground up and make it true to their roots. They’ve traveled to and from their beloved cities and back to their childhood favorites, to bring their passions and love for food here to Orlando. They import their breads and condiments straight from the cities themselves and made sure their recipes are as good, if not better than the originals. These guys have really done their homework and have even thrown in a few of grandma’s old recipes for good measure. Once you come in and taste the food for yourself, you’ll understand how much passion goes into the restaurant and how something with such simple ingredients can be so delicious!
They pull out all the punches with classics like; The Philly Cheesesteak “Wit Wiz”, Chicago Italian Beef with the Vienna imported Giardiniera (you’ll want to get it “Wet” trust me!), Polish Sausage with traditional spicy mustard, Chi-Town Hotdog with all the bells and whistles, and a few delicious twists that will definitely leave your taste buds begging for more. And if you can’t decide on what to get, then try the Taste of Two Cities Combo and experience the best of both worlds. Come discover your new favorites, from both the Windy City and The City of Brotherly Love. The Chi Phi restaurant shares the same location as The Basement Bar Orlando, located at 68 East Pine St. Orlando, FL 32801. You can also find The Chi Phi Team whipping up the classics in their food truck, at Food Truck rallys all over the state, Fridays through Sundays. Have fun and eat well. Cheers!
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