The Man Who ate 600 Cheesesteaks and Counting

Jim Pappas 600th Cheesesteak

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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure Philadelphia, PA - I ordered my 600th different Cheesesteak on the 2nd anniversary of the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure, and it happened to be the perfect representation of the adventure. On Friday, May 15, I realized my next Cheesesteak was going to be number 600 hundred.

Jim Pappas ate 600 Cheesesteaks

So, I checked my spreadsheet and confirmed that the next day, May 16, 2020, was the 2nd anniversary of the 1st official Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure cheesesteak. The best part was that May 16, 2020, was a Saturday.

I immediately had visions of getting Carole, fun outfits, my tripod for my iPhone7, go somewhere fun, and…. wait…...what…. oh yeah, my 600th different official Cheesesteak. I thought we should do something special for #600.

On Saturday morning, I was Uber driving and trying to decide where to get my 600th different official Cheesesteak. Before I knew it, it was 9:30 am, and I was starving and in Hockessin DE. I passed several bakeries that morning and had pastries on my mind and passed by ‘The Well’ heading into Hockessin from Wilmington.

Jim Pappas Cheesesteak #600 at THE WELL

I was never sure what ‘The Well’ is because it has ‘Coffee,’ ‘Trinity Community Church,’ and ‘Food’ on the sign along with a banner that says ‘Barbecue.’ I figured coffee and pastries, but when I walked in, on the counter was a sign that said ‘Cheesesteak and Egg Sub Special, $5.’

I wanted a pastry, but I am on the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure and love specials, so I ordered it. Then I looked to my right and saw a table full of individually wrapped cookies with my favorite sign ‘free.’ Not a pastry but a free cookie.

The Well Coffeehouse and Marketplace

Divine Intervention? The Cheesesteak special and free cookie had me in a good mood, so I ordered an iced coffee, 4-pack of day-old bagels, and a $1.50 chocolate covered pretzel rod. All while I waiting for my Cheesesteak while taking a selfie with their wood carved ribs trophy from a Mid-Maryland Swinetastic BBQ contest back in 2013.

My cheesesteak and egg sub was delicious and on a pastry style long roll. It had a perfect amount of meat and eggs, which mixed well together. Ok, it had the right amount of cheese, but I wish the cheese melted in with the meat and eggs better.

If I was closer to home, I would have definitely added some salt, pepper or ketchup. The two young women working there were as nice as could be. The Well does have pastries. Between the pastries, deli, and award-winning barbecue, The Well could be a good stop any time of day.

The Well Coffeehouse and Marketplace at 6949 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.

imageedit 2 2923580203"I'm Jim Pappas from Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure. I've eaten over 550 different cheesesteaks in the last 22 months. I am hoping to use my new found Cheesesteak knowledge to help fill the void in our lives left by the canceling of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament". - Jim Pappas


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