Spot Check: Underdogs, South Philly, 11:45, Friday, 10/12

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Underdogs' Texas Tommy combo. Photo: Collin Keefe

The crowd was sparse when earlier today Grub dropped in on Underdogs just-opened second location next to Genos on Ninth Street. While the Black Keys and Beck rang out over the sound system, a steady stream of 20 or so customers shuffled in and out. It was a mixed bag of neighborhood folk, Philadelphia Water Department employees, a token beardo, and a trio of tourists that looked as if they had decided very last minute to pass on the obligatory cheesesteaks from next door. The average wait was under eight minutes thats with a faulty cash register and the bacon-wrapped-and-deep-fried Texas Tommy appeared to be a hot commodity. As far as how well a tube-steak purveyor fits in, in the heart of cheesesteak country goes: On our way out, we spotted a Genos employee ordering a dozen dogs!

Underdogs, 1205 S. Ninth Street, (215) 665-8080

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