Tacoma is 2,785.25 miles from Philadelphia (according to the menu at DelBrocco's Pizza, Steak & Hogie's, a brand-new Philly-style eatery in Tacoma).
But you only have to go as far as Sixth Avenue (at Proctor) for a Philly cheesesteak. (Or to Philly Joe's on South Tacoma Way or Curbside Diner in Olympia.)
DelBrocco's opened last week at 3908 6th Ave., suite B. (Telephone: 253-756-PHILLY).
I stopped this week in for a cheesesteak (with Cheez-Wiz) on an authentic Philly-baked Amorosa roll. Chopped and grilled meat was tender and savory. There was a whopping amount of Wiz. $6.39. Big sandwich.
The menu also includes hoagies and grinders; pizzas; and calzones and strombolis (like calzone -- a folded pizza, of sorts -- but with mozarella cheese instead of ricotta).
Prices: sandwiches $4.99-$6.49; pizza $7.49-$15.99; strombolis and calzones $9.99-$13.99.
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m, until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays (hella good news for the Hell's Kitchen crowd).
I'll report more after I eat more.