Re:Better than a Pat's Philly Cheesesteak?
I think Mama's makes a great sandwich, and there are times when it's just what I want to eat. But, to me, it's not a cheesesteak. Those overflowing sandwiches piled with tender, hacked-up beef and real cheese are good eating but they are, to my idea of a "real" cheesesteak, as most modern, giant-sized bagels are to the hard-to-find small, very chewy originals: a crowd-pleasing compromise.
Sounds like fighting words, but not really. I don't begrudge anyone their particular tastes in cheesesteaks, or bagels either for that matter. Just trying to explain what I like about Pat's/Geno's/Steve's. Do I even know for certain that what's served at Pat's/Geno's/Steve's is similar to the original? No, I don't. But it seems more like Depression-era food. What's served at Mama's and most other places seems like a modern, times-of-plenty take on a hard-times original.