Playboy deems deep-fried cheesesteak hot! hot! hot!
Playboy magazine has put out a guide to America's greatest bars, and a local delicacy made its list of Best Late-Night Eats.
It's the deep-fried cheesesteak at Hot Tomatoes.
Don't let the Playboy context or the bar's name fool you. Hot Tomatoes, 717 South Broadway in Fells Point, is a pizza shop, not a strip joint.
The Playboy honor was news to Hot Tomatoes owner Mark Dayton, who was happy to fill me in on the sandwich.
"Basically, when I bought the place seven year ago, I didn’t have a grill or anything," he said. "I tried to figure out a way to make a cheesesteak.
"I cook the steak in the oven first, then take that and the cheese" -- American -- "and wrap it in pizza dough like a burrito, and put it into the deep fryer. And then it comes out and we throw it back into the oven to crisp it up and burn up any fat.
"I’ve had people describe it as a cheesesteak doughnut."
It costs $6.
And no, he doesn't know how many fat grams it contains.
"I don’t think it’s any worse than a regular cheesesteak," he said. "It's not something you want to eat every day but they are good."
Photo courtesy of Hot Tomatoes