The weekend had come along and was just about gone, before we realized that we had yet to get in any real research and relaxation time. Our beloved Sunday Funday was upon us and we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Hmmm...what to do on an abnormally “cool” (below 100 °F) July summer day in the Rio Grande Valley?

*Right around noon, Via Messenger*

Gaby: How’s it going?
Trisha: “Eh” *face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye emoji* How goes it with you?
Gaby: SAME lol Hey, want to go grab lunch in a bit?

Trisha: Absolutely! I’m ravenous.*wide-eyed emoji*

Within the hour, we found our destination on the corner of US Highway 83 and 12th Street in McAllen right next door to one of our other favorites, House Wine & Bistro. Turns out we’re about three months “fashionably” late for National Philly Cheesesteak Day, but it was well worth the wait. We didn’t waste a second before diving into just about every appetizing thing we could find on the menu. Had to make up for lost time, you know. *wink*

Our dining experience was full of unexpected and pleasant surprises. I mean, really, the atmosphere at Philly 77 is NOT what you’d think of when walking into your typical Philly cheesesteak place. It doesn’t have a generic sandwich place look to it, nor is it a grimey shack-sized establishment situated among other places that may have stopped trying. Philly 77 is a newly remodeled establishment full of vibrant color, equipped with friendly staff members and a lovely outdoor patio, ideal for dining on breezy afternoons and evenings. You’ll be surrounded by wooden panels, sporting green foliage, and cooled off by refreshing misters on “warmer” days, much like the ones we’re currently experiencing in the RGV.

Trisha: Let me have some o’ those Fries in a Cup (Ranch, Cheese, Bacon). Heavy on the cheese, please. Aaaand… a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich “on the side” (Bacon, Jalapeño, Buffalo Sauce, Provolone) LOL

Gaby: Daaang...okay...I got ya. I’ll take an order of Pizza Philly Fries (Rib-eye, Marinara Sauce, Mozzarella cheese, Pepperoni, Fries) AND an A1 Philly Steak Sandwich (Ribeye, Bacon, A1 Sauce, Provolone). Please and thank you.

Between the four of us, we had back up with us, we also added on an Original Turkey Philly (Onion, Green Pepper, Mushrooms, Cheez Whiz). Wanted to make sure we weren’t short of variety. By the way, all Philly sandwich orders include french fries, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Our only small, incy wincy complaint about Philly 77 is that we need MORE cheese on everything! All dishes were delicious, but if you’re planning on making it in this town of cheese lovers and call yourself a Philly CHEESEsteak place, you can’t hold back on the rations. “Pour some Cheese Whiz on me!!!” in the tempo of Def Leppard’s classic.

Just in case you’re not one for Phillys (hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t be), you can always try one of the various salads or Potato Tenders available on the menu. We’ll definitely be ordering up one of those Philly Baked Potatoes (Ribeye, Onion, Green Pepper, Mushrooms, Cheddar, Butter) in the near future. Might even try one with the optional chicken or turkey. There’s even a Plain Baked Potato, if you’re feeling a little “vanilla” when you visit.

For dessert, although we couldn’t manage to make any more room in our bellies, there are several, YUMMY looking milkshake options like: Strawberry Cheese- Strawberry Cheese Cake, Ice Cream Cheese Cake; Cone in a Jar- Salted Caramel, Ice Cream, Waffle Cone, Pretzel; and the Cookie In Cookie Out- Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie. OR, just go ahead and Build Your Own Milkshake/Ice Cream- 3 or 4 scoops of: Coffee, Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Cookie Dough, Chocolate, Pistachio or Cheesecake.

Visit the friendly staff at Philly 77, located at 1123 W US Highway 83 McAllen, Texas, and order up your favorite Philly sandwich. Their hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Call them up and place your order at (956) 627-2577. For additional information, visit their website at https://philly-77.com/ and follow them on Facebook @philly77, Instagram @77philly and @philly772 on Twitter, to stay updated on their menu and events.

Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.