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TJ Jackson
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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 08/30/06 10:08 AM
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Ok.

I know they aren't pat of the standard package, per se, I have always though of them as an available OPTION, like lettuce& tomato (cheese steak hoagie), pizza sauce, mushrooms - stuff like that

I was worried that you meant they were not even a valid OPTION

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 08/30/06 10:16 AM
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You'll rarely find them listed on menus as "additional items" under steak sandwiches.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 08/30/06 10:39 AM
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No green peps? Gee, they really don't know anything about cheesesteak in Philly, do they?

I've never had a Philadelphia cheesesteak, and I'm sure I'd like it, but I honestly think those made in the Boston area are great. I don't approve of calling them "Philly" because they are different. First off, you'd never have anything called "Cheez" or "Wiz" on the premises except as a practical joke. Should be shaved steak with sliced american, provolone or cheddar melted over the meat at the last turn on the grill. Grilled additions include onions, pepper, mushrooms, and for a steak bomb all of the above along with a couple slices of cappicola, salami or pepperoni (every place has their own bomb, but my favorite is cappi). After that you could add anything in the house, but I'll take just a touch of hot peppers.

It's not Philly, but that's the best cheesesteak to me.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 08/30/06 10:40 AM
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Chubby's menu has them



The wife added them and liked them on her sandwich there


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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 08/30/06 10:58 AM
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Ok, touche TJ. I will say this: if one wants them, they can be added. Many of the shops also make pizza and any of the toppings available for pizza can be added. In Chubby's case, they offer sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches so they have the green peppers on hand for that.

A couple of interesting add-ons on Chubby's menu are honey mustard and caesar salad dressing. I know a few people who like mustard on their cheesesteaks, but I haven't seen anyone add caesar dressing.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 08/30/06 3:58 PM
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FWIW -

I have eaten at about 8 of the famous Philly cheesesteak places in the last few months. (Pat's, Jim's, Delassandro's, George's, and a few more) My two favorite's were White House Sub's in Atlantic City and Tony Luke's.

I found White House to be the perfect balance between the bread, meat, cheese, and onions. The fresh bread was wonderful and they put just the right amount of filling in the sandwich that keeps it from becoming a mess to eat.

What I liked about Tony Luke's was the very sharp Provolone cheese. The meat is done very nicely, but the tangy cheese just cuts through everything. It almost acts as a pallette cleanser. Their roast pork sandwich is great when you want to try something a little different. If you are going to the Ikea in south Philly, this place is right around the corner and down about a half mile.

I am no expert - just wanted to contribute my opinions.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 09/11/06 5:54 AM
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Been there done that. Do you really want to know what it is? The answer...by far.......is Tony Lukes. Tony Lukes prov is very sharp the steak is well done and the rolls are great. Its the closest cheesesteak you will ever get to perfect.

Who said Green Peppers?? Dont come to Philly with that junk! Philly is known for there cheesesteaks and none of them do green peppers. Im not saying it couldnt be good with green peppers, but it cant be the best. Philly is the best. Tony Lukes, is the best.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 1:21 PM
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Originally posted by bigguy

OK, I've been to Pat's, Geno's, Jim's, Tony Lukes and the rest of them, but I want to try something new. I'm a fan of the classic with Whiz and fried onions on an Amoroso roll. Anyone know of a good place in center city Philadelphia that secretly has a winning cheesesteak? I travel a lot to NYC and DC, and maybe there's a classic cheesesteak place there?


Going aaaaaall the way back to the first post....if your looking for a good cheesesteak in the DC area there are two excellent places that come to mind.

Al's Steakhouse- www.alssteak.com

This place is fantastic.

Mario's Pizza- 3322 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 703-525-0200

Mario's has been around for over 50 years. Open late, the steak is ribeye, sliced thin and grilled when ordered. My favorite is the Ham, Steak and Cheese. Not your traditional cheesesteak, but excellent none the less. What ever sandwich you order, get it with everything. (mustard, mayo and slaw) I know, I know...just try it! Tell Lefty I sent you. If Joe is manning the pizza oven I'd advise you to get a small sandwich and a slice of pepperoni.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 1:46 PM
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Personally, I do not particularly care for cheesesteaks but maybe with a couple of kinds of ketchup on it................?

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 2:18 PM
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I've been to several places in Philly that were really good....but I've never had one better than a small dive in Tulsa, OK called Steak Stuffers. I love it with green peppers & onions....the wife prefers mushrooms instead of peppers.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 2:23 PM
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when we lived in south jersey,
we'd get cheesesteak hoagies
from a place in cherry hill;
can't remember the name but
it was off route 73

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 3:26 PM
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Originally posted by xannie_01

when we lived in south jersey,
we'd get cheesesteak hoagies
from a place in cherry hill;
can't remember the name but
it was off route 73


Gaetano's???

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 3:27 PM
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cheeseWit,
that's it! thanks.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 3:56 PM
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99 Miles to Philly in NYC

http://www.99milestophilly.net/

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 4:05 PM
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ohhhhhhhh Gaetano's

Xannie when did yall live in joysey??

I lived there for about 6 months until my neighbors house was firebombed, check please, moved quickly thereafter

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 4:13 PM
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ah, cajunking,
everyone knows that in south jersey,
we say JERRZEE, not joisy..
was born in cherry hill, met the
hubster working in the cherry hill mall
at a hot dog place called the fruit tree

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 09/14/06 11:57 PM
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shes right in south jersey we say jerzee joysy i think is a new york thing or something but i live right next to cherry hill so im in walking distance and im always at gaetanos and IMO gaetanos isnt even cloooose to Tony Lukes south philly. i been a lot of places on the east coast and if in the area i really hope u guys check it out its THE cheesesteak im tellin ya its perfection!

p.s theres a Tony Lukes bar that u can sit in and eat and theres a Tony Lukes across the street that u stand in line to get on the go (theres some benches in there if u wana sit tho) *Dont go to that one go to the bar and sit down the food is a little more well done and prepared. Either way Tony Lukes wins me over!

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Fri, 09/15/06 2:38 AM
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Usually seen on a menu for "cheesesteaks"..
Meat and cheese..(standard)
add.......
peppers
onions
mushrooms..

We serve ours with P/O...
Dont offer shrooms......
It is about 50/50 ordering with just meat and cheese only.
Very few ask for mushrooms....
Me.
Personally, I like onions, cheese and shrooms.
I love peppers, but for some reason, never order them on the Cheesesteak......

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sun, 09/17/06 12:50 PM
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I was born in TomsRiver, lived on the "island" (ortley beach, The Seasides) HighSchool in Moorestown. A couple years with Uncle Sam then lived in various places around S.Jerzee, pennsauken, woodbury, pennsgrove, maple shade, palmyra, collongswood etc etc before moving to J'ville Fl 18 yrs ago.

The only time Ive had green peppers on a cheese steak was that atrocity from arbys, my usual mantra was cheezesteak, fried onionsNhot peppers

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 09/18/06 12:26 AM
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Originally posted by xannie_01

when we lived in south jersey,
we'd get cheesesteak hoagies
from a place in cherry hill;
can't remember the name but
it was off route 73


was it Chick's Deli or Big John's ?!? They are both off of rt. 70, not too far from rt. 73.

I've tried Big John's (liked it, but did'nt love it)
But I've got to get to Chick's.......they get lots of good press about their cheesesteaks!!

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Fri, 11/3/06 6:27 PM
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Here's a post I just made to another thread, but I'm reposting it here because after a little digging, this was the thread that tempted me to visit the Real Thing.

Roadrash, you must have posted about liking the Real Thing a while back too, because it was in my memory and I know for much longer than just a week.

So today I had a cheesesteak sub from The Real Thing on York Road in Towson. It sucked, just like 99% of the other cheesesteak subs served in Baltimore. The cost for a 6" sub is $6 and for a 9" only $7. So value wise getting the 9", which I did, is a good buy. That's the last good thing I can say, except that the roll didn't have the usual foul taste of an H&S roll. It still ended up with the texture of wet cardboard and practically disinegrated from the grease, but it could have been an Ottenbergs, instead of an H&S. Usually I will ask the source of the rolls used, but because a Roadfooder had spoken highly of this place, I just ordered, and was dismayed at the end when I saw the type roll used.

Like every other place in Baltimore, the Real Thing chops the steak into oblivion, so that when you pick the thing up, hard to do since the roll is a wet mess, the little pellets of steak and onion fall out all over the place, not to mention that they get colder faster too.

So I'll reiterate for anyone interested. The only place in the Baltimore area whose subs are worthwhile is Pizza Johns on Back River Neck Road in Essex. Other than that, you have to drive to Philly or Atlantic City.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sat, 11/4/06 12:28 AM
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I've tried most of the cheesesteak places in NYC. Here's my list so far:

1.Carl's Steaks
2.99 Miles to Philly
3.Wogies
4.Philly Slim's
5.Tony Luke's
6.BB's Sandwich Bar

I haven't been to Philly Slim's yet, I thought Wogie's was ok. I had it once and don't remember it all that well. BB's is a out of left field riff on the cheesesteak. Thats all they serve there is the one sandwich. Its on a round deli/sandwich roll, chopped beef (I think chopped, not sure), american cheese, caramelized onions, and hot chili sauce (like sambal). I found it to be very salty and that one flavor overpowered the whole sandwich. Not very impressed. Carls Steaks is alright. I've been there a few times and I've found the sandwiches to be too greasy. Now I like my grease in a cheesesteak, who doesn't? But, the whole sandwich inside and out was covered in grease the last two times I was there. It was like a French Dip, but instead of dipped in beef juices, just in straight grease. 99 Miles to Philly is one of my faves, Finely hacked steak, grilled onions, whiz or provie (depending on my mood) with a good amount of grease soaking the INSIDE of the sturdy roll. Alwats had a good one there. They just opened a branch by my work and they give 15% off to local workers and they serve Gus' Pickles too. A local speacialty. My all time favorite though is the roast pro sandwich at Tony Luke's. I used to go there all the time when they first opened. Big, juicy, porky sandwiches with a peppery, garlicky bite and a roll that is soft on the inside yet hold up amazingly well to the moist, succulent pork inside. The roll also had a signature bump on the end that was crunchy. No kidding, I went there with friends and had 2 1/2 sandwiches in one sitting! I worked around the corner from them and I loved the whole "eat while you stand or get it to" go set up. They had two big containers or pickled and hot peppers that you could load up on as well for free. They closed for a while and renovated and now its set up more like a bar/restaurant. The sandwiches are about $1.50 more and still very good, but the last time is was there, I felt like they may have skimped a bit on the meat. Still one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. I'd take it over a cheesesteak anyday.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sat, 11/4/06 1:24 AM
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You guy's up north are killing me! After reading the last 5 pages of this topic
I'm going nuts with hunger for a cheesteak in any form from anywhere!
But, I'm outa luck. All I can hope for here in Dallas is a great Chopped BBQ beef sandwich. Oh well, I guess I should count my blessings. You guy's don't get the BBQ that we have access to.
Hey, I'll be happy to send someone a great chopped beef sandwich from (the original) Sonny Bryan's in exchange for one of your (best) cheesesteak sandwiches. I like mine wit (everything).

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 11/6/06 3:40 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by rebeltruce

quote:
Originally posted by bigguy

OK, I've been to Pat's, Geno's, Jim's, Tony Lukes and the rest of them, but I want to try something new. I'm a fan of the classic with Whiz and fried onions on an Amoroso roll. Anyone know of a good place in center city Philadelphia that secretly has a winning cheesesteak? I travel a lot to NYC and DC, and maybe there's a classic cheesesteak place there?


Going aaaaaall the way back to the first post....if your looking for a good cheesesteak in the DC area there are two excellent places that come to mind.

Al's Steakhouse- www.alssteak.com

This place is fantastic.

Mario's Pizza- 3322 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 703-525-0200

Mario's has been around for over 50 years. Open late, the steak is ribeye, sliced thin and grilled when ordered. My favorite is the Ham, Steak and Cheese. Not your traditional cheesesteak, but excellent none the less. What ever sandwich you order, get it with everything. (mustard, mayo and slaw) I know, I know...just try it! Tell Lefty I sent you. If Joe is manning the pizza oven I'd advise you to get a small sandwich and a slice of pepperoni.



I have never had a "cheesesteak" in Virginia. I agree that Al's and Mario's are good, but both call their product a "steak and cheese". I don't really know why. By the way, Mario's has no indoor seating, somewhat restricting its usefulness in cooler weather (the sandwich drips to much for me to eat it in the car). Al's does have some seating. I would add a third place to the list - The Broiler on Columbia Pike just west of Glebe. They are also good and they have seating. The one question about Broiler is will they stay good, they seem to have changed owners.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 11/6/06 4:00 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by ellen4641

quote:
Originally posted by xannie_01

when we lived in south jersey,
we'd get cheesesteak hoagies
from a place in cherry hill;
can't remember the name but
it was off route 73


was it Chick's Deli or Big John's ?!? They are both off of rt. 70, not too far from rt. 73.

I've tried Big John's (liked it, but did'nt love it)
But I've got to get to Chick's.......they get lots of good press about their cheesesteaks!!


To me, Chick's was really good, but on the next bus, behind Gaetano's and DiVello's in Medford. They won an award 3 years ago for the best cheesesteak in the area, so I tried them once. Their sandwiches were not quite as big, and the taste not quite as good as Gaetano's.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 11/6/06 4:05 PM
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Originally posted by signman

Here's a post I just made to another thread, but I'm reposting it here because after a little digging, this was the thread that tempted me to visit the Real Thing.

Roadrash, you must have posted about liking the Real Thing a while back too, because it was in my memory and I know for much longer than just a week.

So today I had a cheesesteak sub from The Real Thing on York Road in Towson. It sucked, just like 99% of the other cheesesteak subs served in Baltimore. The cost for a 6" sub is $6 and for a 9" only $7. So value wise getting the 9", which I did, is a good buy. That's the last good thing I can say, except that the roll didn't have the usual foul taste of an H&S roll. It still ended up with the texture of wet cardboard and practically disinegrated from the grease, but it could have been an Ottenbergs, instead of an H&S. Usually I will ask the source of the rolls used, but because a Roadfooder had spoken highly of this place, I just ordered, and was dismayed at the end when I saw the type roll used.

Like every other place in Baltimore, the Real Thing chops the steak into oblivion, so that when you pick the thing up, hard to do since the roll is a wet mess, the little pellets of steak and onion fall out all over the place, not to mention that they get colder faster too.

So I'll reiterate for anyone interested. The only place in the Baltimore area whose subs are worthwhile is Pizza Johns on Back River Neck Road in Essex. Other than that, you have to drive to Philly or Atlantic City.


Howard: Thanks for posting this. I trust your opinion on "out of the Philly area" cheesesteaks immensely. Now I know I can leave The Real Thing off of my list of places to try.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 11/6/06 4:39 PM
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gee my gf was craving a cheesesteak saturday so we got in the car and drove from nyc to 4th n south, waited on line at jim's each had one there and got two to go. well worth the drive.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 11/7/06 12:39 AM
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You should have tried Steve's in the Northeast on Bustleton. You would have gotten there sooner. And there is a Jim's just a few blocks away.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 11/16/06 10:37 AM
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Originally posted by CheeseWit

Just got back from a trip to try out a new cheesesteak destination in my area.
Kappy's on Butler Pike between Ridge and Germantown Pike in Conshohocken, PA. Less than ten minutes from I476. Opened in April, this was my first visit. Owner Greg Kapler saw a need for a cheesesteak destination stop. There are many restaurants in the area where you can order a cheesesteak, but not many that feature cheesesteaks.

I must tell you that he has the right idea. He makes a good sized sandwich with fresh meat, not frozen, and fresh baked rolls from Conshohocken Bakery close by. He offers American, Provolone, and Cheese Whiz - the real Kraft trademarked product, not an imitation. He has tables outside (no indoor seating) and stand-up stations where you can do the famous South Philly cheesesteak lean (a standing position where you hold your sandwich away from your body and clothes so as not to stain them and lean over to eat it).

The sandwich was loaded with meat. I got mine with Cheese Whiz and fried onions. Price: $5.40 Verdict: Damn good! One of my new favorites. Better than most sandwiches found in the entire Philly area. I've been to hundreds of steak shops and this is a real find!

If you're in the area, check this place out and tell Greg I told you about it on Roadfood.com.


I finally found my way up to Kappy's after a stop at REI which is across the street on Butler Pike. CW is correct, it is a very good cheesesteak. Had mine plain with provolone. Good steak to bread ratio- not too little, not too much. Very good roll. A gorgeous day to play hooky from the office and sit outside. Now whenever I go to REI it will be a tough decision between a zep at Lou's or Eve's or a steak sandwich from Kappy's. Thanks for the recommendation CheeseWit. BTW they also have Bassetts ice cream.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 11/16/06 10:56 AM
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I'm glad you enjoyed Kappy's. Lou's and Eve's are great for Zeps. So the choice really is between having a Zep (hoagie-like) and a cheesesteak.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 11/16/06 8:09 PM
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Recently I also had one from Leo's on Chester Pike around Folcroft? Wasn't one of my favorites. I thought the roll was a standard Amoroso's like roll and the meat was chopped to absolute individual atoms. I wouldn't turn one down but not of the caliber of Kappy's.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Fri, 11/17/06 8:42 PM
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Been to Leo's a few times. I agree with you. Decent, but not one of my faves. The chopped meat/cheese/fried onions makes the roll very soggy. The roll is from Amoroso's.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sun, 11/19/06 5:04 PM
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I had a cheese steak at Silvio's on York Rd. in Hatboro, PA the other day. It was quite good. They make their own rolls on premises and it made a difference.

Although there are some better cheese steaks out there, I found this one to be quite good. The fresh homemade roll was excellent. You have a choice of large or small as well as fresh or fried onions. I hade the small with fried onions. The portion size was just right for lunch. At $4 this was very economical as well.

The fresh bread was outstanding - as good as my favorite bread at White House subs in AC.

This place is worth a stop if you are in the neighborhood.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 11/20/06 7:53 AM
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Silvio's is consistently good. It's another one of those places that tourists/visitors to the area never hear about.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 12/14/06 4:25 AM
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I just went to Tony Luke's in NYC the other night and had a Steak Italian. Its a cheesesteak (with provolone) and topped with sauteed broccoli rabe. Its was ok. The rabe and provie were great, but I thought the meat was tough. I've been to a lot of cheesesteak shops in the city and I like my steak chopped fairly fine (almost like a hash) but this was sliced and a little too chewy for my taste. I still do love that roast pork sandwich though and would eat it every day if I could. For what its worth.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 12/14/06 8:58 AM
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Silvio's is one of Holly's top rated steaks


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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 12/14/06 9:38 AM
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Originally posted by billyboy

I just went to Tony Luke's in NYC the other night and had a Steak Italian. Its a cheesesteak (with provolone) and topped with sauteed broccoli rabe. Its was ok. The rabe and provie were great, but I thought the meat was tough. I've been to a lot of cheesesteak shops in the city and I like my steak chopped fairly fine (almost like a hash) but this was sliced and a little too chewy for my taste. I still do love that roast pork sandwich though and would eat it every day if I could. For what its worth.


I agree with you on the tough cheesesteak at Tony Lukes.
We have a location in Atlantic City in the Borgata Casino food court.
I had a few bites , and threw it out. Plus there were no sweet peppers , only hot peppers.

Love their hot roast beef sandwich (not available in AC location though)

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sun, 12/24/06 8:11 AM
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I've heard that most Cheesesteaks, or at least most Philly Cheesesteaks use ribeye. Some use top round. What is the difference? I live in North Jersey and don't have a big selection of places that serve a quality cheesesteak. There is a place near me that is very good called Philadelphia Grille. They use ribeye and their sandwich is very tasty. A fairly new diner that's been open around a year serves one that is made from top round. The meat is sliced (Philadelphia Grille's is chopped). It's called the Bayway Diner and was recently featured on the Food Network. I believe it was on the Hungry Detective. A small diner like White Rose or White Diamond, it is especially known for its burgers and cheesesteaks. I found the steak very good, but not as flavorful as Philadelphia Grill. The cook at Bayway said top round is better than ribeye. Any opinions?

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 12/26/06 9:21 AM
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John -

FWIW I am not native to the area. I moved here 15 years ago and have been learning about cheesesteaks ever since.

I have sampled quite a few and found that for my tastes the exact cut of the meat is only one part of the final taste. Yes - it makes a difference, but it is only one factor.

For example, I think that the tangy cheese at Tony Luke's makes as big a difference to the final taste of the sandwich as the meat. At Whitehouse Subs the fresh bread and onions also made a big difference to the way the cheesesteak tasted for me.

I am interested to see what others have to say about the cuts of beef. However, as you know so well from your expertise with hot dogs, the taste of the whole sandwich is as important as the taste of the individual ingredients.

Just one Roadfoodie's opinion.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 12/26/06 11:14 AM
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I really liked the thinner roll used at Steve's Prince of Steaks

I definitely preferred the sliced to the hashed meat

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 12/26/06 12:01 PM
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The best cheesesteak in Boston is easily Pinocchios in Harvard Square. Their secret..... they toast the sandwich in the oven before it is served.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 12/26/06 1:17 PM
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they toast the sandwich, or the rolls before the fixins are applied?

I hope it's the latter - much better that way

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 12/26/06 7:34 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by marxbro

The best cheesesteak in Boston is easily Pinocchios in Harvard Square. Their secret..... they toast the sandwich in the oven before it is served.

Where in Hahvad Square?

KB

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 12/26/06 9:23 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by John Fox

I've heard that most Cheesesteaks, or at least most Philly Cheesesteaks use ribeye. Some use top round. What is the difference? I live in North Jersey and don't have a big selection of places that serve a quality cheesesteak. There is a place near me that is very good called Philadelphia Grille. They use ribeye and their sandwich is very tasty. A fairly new diner that's been open around a year serves one that is made from top round. The meat is sliced (Philadelphia Grille's is chopped). It's called the Bayway Diner and was recently featured on the Food Network. I believe it was on the Hungry Detective. A small diner like White Rose or White Diamond, it is especially known for its burgers and cheesesteaks. I found the steak very good, but not as flavorful as Philadelphia Grill. The cook at Bayway said top round is better than ribeye. Any opinions?


John: I saw that Hungry Detective show you're referring to and I've been to the Bayway. Very good cheesesteaks there. Personally, I prefer top round. But ribeye is a close second in preference. The shops in the Philly area seem split on the product used. Top round costs more I'm told and the yield is approximately the same as ribeye.
Usually, the retail is indicative.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 12/27/06 3:18 PM
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CheeseWit,f

Glad to get the opinion on the Bayway Diner's sandwich from someone who knows cheesesteaks! My palate is untrained. I just know that I liked it. Have you been to Philadelphia Grille? If so, what do you think of it?

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Wed, 12/27/06 3:29 PM
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John,
I haven't. Where are their locations?

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 12/28/06 6:23 AM
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The Philadelphia Grille is located at the corner of Westfield Ave. and Galloping Hill Rd. in Elizabeth. If you go, save room for a hot dog at the Galloping Hill Inn, a mile or 2 down the road.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 12/28/06 7:46 AM
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Thanks John, I will definitely save room for a Galloping Hill dog.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 01/9/07 4:31 PM
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Had this for lunch today, don't know if this is the best, but it probably ranks right up there in the Phoenix area.



Got it with cheese wiz and onions.



My pic doesn't do the sandwich justice, but it sure was good! The couple who own it are straight from the City of Brotherly Love, and tend to do a brisk business here in North Scottsdale.

Here is a link to their web site:

http://www.dbsphilly.com/

DD

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sat, 01/13/07 9:56 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by acornlover

quote:
Originally posted by marxbro

The best cheesesteak in Boston is easily Pinocchios in Harvard Square. Their secret..... they toast the sandwich in the oven before it is served.

Where in Hahvad Square?

KB

A quick & easy Google search found the following:

http://www.pinocchiospizza.net/

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 01/16/07 3:03 PM
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Finally got to John's Roast Pork in south Phila. Outstanding cheesesteak. The meat is not finely chopped but somewhat shredded so you know it came from a real piece of former bovine. Got mine with sharp provolone and hot peppers. That roll makes a world of difference between a great cheesesteak and a merely good one. Next time, the roast pork.

No pics but: http://hollyeats.com/JohnsPork.htm

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Fri, 01/26/07 8:36 PM
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I've just spent the last 2 hours reading this long line of cheesesteak likes, suggestions and opinions. And I want one right now!!!!! But due to doctor's orders, I can't have them like I used to. I had my first taste of a cheesesteak second hand. I was working in the Boston area (where I am originally from) and one of the guys came back from here with the fixings for cheesesteaks. Long story short, even tho' it was a little weird, I was hooked. When I moved here in 79', I went to have a cheesesteak. Found a small place right around the corner from my apt. It was great. Sorry to say that place is gone because of rebuilding in the area. I then moved to Swarthmore found another great little neighborhood sandwich shop. Shayna's mom is right the neighborhood places can sometimes better better than the big well known places. I moved to Delaware and found a new place. Capriotti's. The have places in the tri-state area. And a few in Nevada and Arizona. Now, when I want to defy doctor's orders (which is few & far between unfortunately) I get one there. My fav is with provolone cheese, fried onions and mushrooms. Yummy.....And for dessert, butterscotch krimpets.
Oh my, big sigh!!!!
Mish - the Boston transplant!!

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Fri, 01/26/07 8:49 PM
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Capriotti's makes very good cheesesteaks in Delaware and Delaware and Chester Counties in PA.
Good choice!

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sun, 01/28/07 9:09 AM
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Caprioti's is my "local" cheeseteak. But when I feel in the mood for something from an exotic and different culture I travel the half hour to Philadelphia.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Thu, 02/1/07 9:02 PM
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Go to East 34th street in manhattan, carls steaks. I havent had philly philly cheesesteaks (lol) but man this places cheesesteaks are heaven to my tastebuds.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Sat, 03/3/07 10:59 PM
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In Fort Lauderdale Florida, go to Big City Dogs at 1199 East Commercial Blvd.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 03/12/07 3:44 AM
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I've eaten all the famous Philly steaks. Most are damn tasty. Give me provolone and onions-keep the plastic goo far away, please. Mostly, I went to Capriottis (mentioned above) and was perfectly happy. For a treat, and the equal of any legendary Philly place, I went out Marsh road to Arden Steaks. That place was my favorite. No need to cross into PA.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Mon, 03/19/07 9:49 PM
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OK, here's the deal. I get one shot in downtown Philadelphia for lunch coming up soon. I promise I will not seek out a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.

One shot downtown. What's the best Philly cheesesteak sandwich opportunity?

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 03/20/07 7:26 AM
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I would recommend Jim's at 4th & South Street as being best and closest to downtown. Tony Luke's is also good and is only 10 minutes (if there is no traffic) down I95 from downtown.

I am sure the others on this forum will offer their opinions.

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RE: The best Cheesesteak - Tue, 03/20/07 8:00 AM
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Campo's at 214 Market Street.

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