Philadelphia, PA - Holy mackerel!! Waller's Deli has renewed my faith in the adventure and people!! It was Saturday morning, and I ended up in Lakewood, NJ. Usually, I would have gotten right back on the highway and headed for home.
The Cheesesteak Adventure at Waller's Deli, Tabernacle, NJ.
But I took a secret oath in my basement to eat every cheesesteak, so I took the back roads home. There were a couple of places on my go-to list, but Waller stood out because it had a Google maps rating of 4.8 on 223 reviews, which was very impressive.
Waller's Deli has the end unit in a very unassuming strip mall in the middle of the Pine Barrens. Yes, the Pine Barrens was the Jersey Devil lives.
The first thing I noticed walking into Waller's was the community board. For being in the pine barrens, a lot is going on in that town, at least on the community board.
The next thing I noticed is they were swamped. Surprising since they are in the middle of the pine barrens.
The last thing I noticed was they stock their shelves with many locally made items, i.e., Jersey Boys Jerky, Nancy's fudge cups, and a no-name but locally made candy. I was very close to buying a no-name licorice shoe strings, but I had just started a diet.
When I was at the counter, a man in the back yelled to the girls at the counter, 'let me know when Steve comes in to pick up his order because if it is the Steve, I think it is. I am buying his breakfast this morning.'
I thought that was very Pine Barren'ish. I saw on the menu a breakfast cheesesteak burrito. I asked the young woman at the counter if the breakfast cheesesteak burrito was an accurate portrayal of Waller's Deli? She chuckled and said, 'yes.' I got the breakfast cheesesteak burrito.
Spoiler alert; it was terrific. The tater tots were inside the burrito. Steak meat, cheese, scrambled eggs, and tater tots wrapped inside a nice soft tortilla wrapper—a little Slice of Heaven in the Pine Barrens.
My one teeny-weeny wish is for the eggs and meat to be mixed together with a little more. How did I forget the gift basket raffles to raise money for 2 different local charities!!
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The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure - Hi, my name is Jim Pappas, and I have eaten hundreds of different cheesesteaks in the last year. A year ago, on May 16, 2018, I started my Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure to find the ultimate cheesesteak. To see more great cheesesteak places, check out my website at The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure.