Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, Cheesesteak Ride #2: Dalessandro’s
The trip to Dalessandro’s, which is in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, is seven miles from Boathouse Row. You’ll take the SRT and then have a bit of on-road pedaling as you get closer to lunch. This is the second of WTB Philly’s Cheesesteak Rides; you can ride to the first (John’s Roast Pork Ride).
This one-way ticket to Dalessandro’s takes advantage of the Schuylkill River Trail before moving on-road through East Falls.
The SRT will have heavy bike/ped traffic as usual. Ridge and Henry avenues will have steady traffic, but the other streets are fairly quiet.
The log begins at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive. Septa bus routes 7, 32, 38, 43 and 48 serve the museum area. If driving, you’ll find ample parking behind the Art Museum and Boathouse Row.
Food and Drink
The whole point of this trip is to use human powered transport to get yourself one of the best steaks in the city: Dalessandro’s.
After eating one of these incredible sandwiches, you might feel the urge to have a bit more physical activity. You could easily spend the afternoon riding down Forbidden Drive Ride or hiking in the surrounding woods there.
Try this bike ride for a simple 14 mile loop. You’ll get yourself a bit out of the city and enjoy an amazing cheesesteak to boot. As with many of the other Kelly Drive departures, this one begins near Boathouse Row. You’ll pedal up river for the first 4.5 miles, passing the Girard, Columbia, Strawberry Mansion, and Falls bridges. As usual, this stretch of the river will be busy in the warmer months, and downright crowded on weekends. Be sure to take your time and call out when passing. Once on Ridge Avenue, you’ll make a right to head towards East Falls.
You’ll ride along Ridge for about three-quarters of a mile before turning up Midvale. The next set of streets (Midvale, Warden, Vaux, and School House) are much quieter. There is a steady incline here for about a mile, but you’ll be able to catch your breath by School House. Henry Avenue is coming up next, and it is busy. You’ll make a left by Philadelphia University – make sure to get in the turn lane. If you don’t mind riding in traffic, then Henry won’t be a problem, but if you’re new to this sort of thing you might be uncomfortable the first few times.
You’ll ride over the Henry Avenue Bridge as well, which again depending on your cycling confidence, you will enjoy or dislike very, very much. Once over the bridge, look for Walnut Lane. You should be smelling cheesesteaks heavy in the air by now – just ahead on the corner of Henry Avenue and Wendover you’ll see Chubby’s Steaks on the left and Dalessandro’s on the right. Park your bike and eat up. Feel like a cheesesteak challenge? You can connect this ride Schuylkill Banks Park, Center City Bike Lane Heaven and Cheesesteak Ride #1 to pedal all the way from Dalessandro’s in Roxborough to Tony Luke’s in South Philadelphia.
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