Larry’s Steaks on 54th Street (across from St. Joe’s Field House) is a no-frills, fast-moving sandwich joint. The kitchen is on your left as you walk in, you order and pay at the counter, and sit in a simple (maybe even a little dirty) booth or table along the plain white walls.
A word of advice, step aside if you don’t know what to order, otherwise, you will get dirty looks from customers who do as well as a huff from behind the counter.
That’s not to say that the help isn’t friendly. Everyone working was polite and happy, but let’s face it Philly, time is money. So place your order, grab your food, and keep it moving.
Onto more important matters--like the food. Larry’s is home to the Belly Fillers. A Beller Filler is an enormous portion of most menu items prepared anyway you like. Whether it’s a plain old cheesesteak ($11.50), a chicken cheesesteak ($11.50), or Larry’s House Way steak with sweet peppers, mushrooms, fried onions, cheese, pepperoni and sauce ($13.50), Larry’s bets you can’t finish it. For those of you that don’t even want to try, they do have standard size cheesesteaks cooked and topped with whatever ever tickles your fancy for $6 to $7.
Steaks are not the only item on Larry’s menu and certainly not the only Belly Fillers. You can order anything from a vegetarian stromboli (broccoli, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms, $8.75 for a regular and $11.50 for a belly filler) to a Veal Grinder (with cheese and sauce, $ 6.05/$11.50) to Larry’s special pizza (pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and extra cheese, $8.20/$13.90).
What steak shop would be complete without those greasy side orders that Philadelphians love? You can add onion rings ($2.50), mozzarella sticks ($5.05) or cheese fries (mozzarella, $3.20 or whiz, $3.10).
The best thing about Larry’s (aside from the food) is the hours. They’re open early (10 a.m.) and stay open until 3:30 a.m. on the weekends.