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ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2010/06/06 19:59:59
 
 

For those of you who are not from the area, this is a cheessteak, wiz wit
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/06 20:11:18
And a fine speciman it is!
acer2x
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/06 21:10:49
Pat's,Geno's? Where?


chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 11:24:31
And this is a cheese steak, provolone wit from my place.... on a 9" Amoroso Roll.

Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 13:40:15
   WHERE?! x2 !!     they both look wonderful,(tho I think I am more of a WHIZ gal...)  please divulge the secret locations!    
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 15:18:35
chefbuba, that sandwich of yours is a truly beautiful thing.
kitty626
Junior Burger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 15:26:06
Oooohhhh!!! You're making this former Philly girl sooo homesick!
snickerdoodle
Junior Burger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 16:32:37
kitty626

Oooohhhh!!! You're making this former Philly girl sooo homesick!

DITTO :(
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 19:36:34
This is my boyfriend's mushroom cheesesteak from the Dairy Cottage in Springfield, Delaware County, PA, on April 11, 2010. There's not a lot of stuff on it (certainly not compared to the above photos), and I asked him to artistically apply the ketchup. Sorry I did not have much light to work with.

sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 20:19:21
ketchup? on a cheesesteak?  BLASPHAMY!!!
UncleVic
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 21:02:43
They all look good to me! (Even with the Ketchup).

will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 22:35:28
They are all beautiful!  I'd take any of them in a heartbeat!  We have some good vegetables and fabulous barbecue and other wonderful things here in Alabama, but I haven't found a worthy cheesesteak, darn it.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 23:07:34
Ketchup on a cheesesteak, huh? All of a sudden, I don't feel so good...
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/14 23:56:54
huh?  what's wrong with ketchup on a cheesesteak??  that's the normal way to do it.  unless it's a pizza steak - then it gets some good gravy.  cheesesteak hoagies get mayo by the let/tom/onions and ketchup on the steak.
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 00:39:40
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carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 07:48:17
joclyn

huh?  what's wrong with ketchup on a cheesesteak??  that's the normal way to do it.  unless it's a pizza steak - then it gets some good gravy.  cheesesteak hoagies get mayo by the let/tom/onions and ketchup on the steak.


I've never heard of anyone putting ketchup on a cheesesteak before. Same for mustard, just in case that ever comes up. I have heard of folks using mayo as a cheesesteak condiment, but I don't see myself ever doing it.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 09:10:39
I like the way people who aren't even from the area are telling a Philadelphian what to put on a cheesesteak.
 
Seems like every single thing I post that has anything to do with my region is questioned or made fun of. Interesting.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 09:20:01
harriet1954

I like the way people who aren't even from the area are telling a Philadelphian what to put on a cheesesteak.
 
Seems like every single thing I post that has anything to do with my region is questioned or made fun of. Interesting.


For what its worth, Harriet, I always put Ketchup on my cheeseteaks, that's when I'm lucky to even have one, perhaps every couple of years or so.
sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 09:25:23
I'm originally from New England & spent a lot of time in the Philly area on business & ate more than my share of steaks in that area.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 09:36:32
OK...but why be nasty about it? And to WJ: It's obviously worth something to me, but probably little to nothing to people who don't appreciate your extensive knowledge of regional food. They only know THEIR way.
 
 
phlmaestro
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 09:38:35
joclyn

huh?  what's wrong with ketchup on a cheesesteak??  that's the normal way to do it.  unless it's a pizza steak - then it gets some good gravy.  cheesesteak hoagies get mayo by the let/tom/onions and ketchup on the steak.


Agreed on the ketchup. But I'd never put mayo on a cheesesteak; even a cheesesteak hoagie.


chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 11:04:44
AHI MPLS

   WHERE?! x2 !!     they both look wonderful,(tho I think I am more of a WHIZ gal...)  please divulge the secret locations!    


Curbside Grill
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 11:08:08
I have several hispanic customers that order steak & cheese....with mayo, lettuce & avocado... kind of like a torta for them....
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 11:24:22
Well, I've sure got egg on my face now. Since I had never heard of anyone putting ketchup on a cheesesteak before, my reaction was the same as if I saw someone putting it on an italian beef sandwich. Apparently though, this isn't an uncommon thing at all in Philly and surroundings, so I humbly retract my uninformed ( and dumb ) comment on the subject.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 11:52:20
Carolina Bob

Well, I've sure got egg on my face now.

 
Actually, it's cheese whiz
 
Carolina Bob
Since I had never heard of anyone putting ketchup on a cheesesteak before, my reaction was the same as if I saw someone putting it on an italian beef sandwich.

 
They don't???? Seriously, I agree, no ketchup on an Italian Beef, in fact I would shudder even more if someone put ....CHEESE.....on an Italian Beef.
 
Carolina Bob
Apparently though, this isn't an uncommon thing at all in Philly and surroundings, so I humbly retract my uninformed ( and dumb ) comment on the subject.

You're forgiven!
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 12:31:00
It's cool, Bob. You just didn't know. By the way, I took an informal poll in my office right after I read the reactions to my photo, and after asking 6 people who don't eat together and whose out-of-the-office eating habits I'm unfamiliar with, they ALL said they put ketchup on. I know of people who don't, but they don't "ugh" the fact that the majority do.
 
Later on I'll post the picture of my cheesesteak from that same restaurant, and other ones from my flickr if I can find them. I just don't eat peppers or onions, so you'll always find those missing from whatever I eat. I don't "ugh" the fact that others eat them. I just can't.
 
But it's cool. The whole thing about Roadfood is that you learn what others do in different parts of the country, and respect what they do, and learn from them and broaden your RF horizons. That's all.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 12:41:32
As a Pittsburgher, maybe I should suggest putting fries and cole slaw on it.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 12:48:21
buffetbuster

As a Pittsburgher, maybe I should suggest putting fries and cole slaw on it.


Perhaps you should consider putting fries and slaw on the next couple of slices of pie that you order! " />
susanll
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 12:52:55
harriet1954

It's cool, Bob. You just didn't know. By the way, I took an informal poll in my office right after I read the reactions to my photo, and after asking 6 people who don't eat together and whose out-of-the-office eating habits I'm unfamiliar with, they ALL said they put ketchup on. I know of people who don't, but they don't "ugh" the fact that the majority do.
 
Later on I'll post the picture of my cheesesteak from that same restaurant, and other ones from my flickr if I can find them. I just don't eat peppers or onions, so you'll always find those missing from whatever I eat. I don't "ugh" the fact that others eat them. I just can't.
 
But it's cool. The whole thing about Roadfood is that you learn what others do in different parts of the country, and respect what they do, and learn from them and broaden your RF horizons. That's all.


Well said ma'am.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:03:09
wj-
That is certainly no crazier than the slices of bacon I saw ChiTownDiner putting on his pecan pie in Charleston!
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:10:41
Bacon on pecan pie... I love that idea!  Sprinkled on top to crisp up with the pecans - that could be good.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:15:23
Bruce-
Just to be clear, this was CTD's breakfast.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:16:18
Does anyone market an actual "cheesesteak sauce" in the Philadelphia area?  Because of the cheese and the fat from the meat something slightly more vinegary than ketchup but still tomato-based sounds like it might be a good fit.  Kind of like a barbecue sauce but without the smoke flavoring, or the "secret Stadium sauce" served at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Brad
oopsme
Junior Burger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:18:50
Just about every Italian Beef stand in the Chicago area offer the option of ordering a cheesy beef. The cheese is always provolone or mozzarella.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:19:33
From Chink's:

Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:19:34
buffetbuster

Bruce-
Just to be clear, this was CTD's breakfast.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.



He's a man of good taste.
Jim2903
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:22:08
wanderingjew

I would shudder even more if someone put ....CHEESE.....on an Italian Beef. 
 

 
Cheese on Italian beef is quite common in Chicago. For example: http://www.zippysrestaurants.com/
 
Just had a Zippy's on Sunday, in fact. Usually I prefer just hot giardiniera, but now and then a cheezy beef is real nice.

TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:24:31
Raw onion on an italian beef is really good too
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:26:15
oopsme

Just about every Italian Beef stand in the Chicago area offer the option of ordering a cheesy beef. The cheese is always provolone or mozzarella.


 
 
Just a straight beef for me "wet-hot n' sweet"
(no innuendo's were intentionally indicated)
post edited by wanderingjew - 2010/06/15 13:28:42
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:32:50
I'm pretty narrow, as far as cheesesteaks go.  I only eat 'em with Cheez Whiz and fried onions, and pickled hot peppers and/or hot sauce if they have 'em out as a garnish.  That said, as someone who has lived in the Philly area for quite some time, it's really surprising how varied the local cheesesteak palate has become.  Not only are chicken cheesesteaks common, but all sorts of versions with things like barbecue sauce, pepperoni, bacon, all sorts of cheeses, and pizza sauce can be easily found locally.  Around Allentown, pickles are commonly added.  On the NJ side of the city you'll find versions prepared with potatoes like an Italian dog, and some with pork roll added to the mix.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:41:55
A Tony Luke's pizza cheesesteak was featured as one of the 'best things I ever ate" on the Food network the other night
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:45:54
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

I'm pretty narrow, as far as cheesesteaks go.  I only eat 'em with Cheez Whiz and fried onions, and pickled hot peppers and/or hot sauce if they have 'em out as a garnish.  That said, as someone who has lived in the Philly area for quite some time, it's really surprising how varied the local cheesesteak palate has become.  Not only are chicken cheesesteaks common, but all sorts of versions with things like barbecue sauce, pepperoni, bacon, all sorts of cheeses, and pizza sauce can be easily found locally.  Around Allentown, pickles are commonly added.  On the NJ side of the city you'll find versions prepared with potatoes like an Italian dog, and some with pork roll added to the mix.



Grew up in Jersey all my life.  Went to get cheesesteaks with my one friend who also was born and raised in Jersey.  I put ketchup on my cheesesteak.  He looked at me like I was crazy.  He asked in a shocked tone, "you put ketchup on your cheesesteak?!"  Well besides the fact that he just watched me do it, I responded. "Of course.  That's what people normally put on a cheesesteak."  He told me he only ever had it with sauce.  I told him then he has only ever had a pizza steak and not a real cheesesteak.  



I'll tell you, Pork roll on a cheesesteak is pretty freaking good.  Usually when mayo is on a cheesesteak it is called a California Cheesesteak.  


I prefer mine with Whiz and fried onions.  Every now and then I'll get a pizza steak.  



wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 13:58:19
here is my contribution from Campo's Market in Philly

TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:05:55
from Steve's Prince of Steaks on the North side, circa July 2006

looks terrible, tastes great

Note the large unchopped slabs of tender steak - I prefer this style over the heavily chopped up versions


post edited by TJ Jackson - 2010/06/15 16:14:27
Wintem01
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:08:13
harriet1954

I like the way people who aren't even from the area are telling a Philadelphian what to put on a cheesesteak.
 
Seems like every single thing I post that has anything to do with my region is questioned or made fun of. Interesting.


Don't sweat it Harriet. I put (gulp) mayo on my hot dogs which I'm sure is on the blasphemy list for many on Roadfood. But as the late Gary Coleman would say, "Different strokes for different folks."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:10:43
I don't do it but plenty of locals put ketchup on their cheesesteaks.  What throws me more is how many people put ketchup on their pork roll and cheese (with or without egg).  I'd even venture to say that it is the preferred arrangement, to the point that it's a good idea to specify "no ketchup" when you order one, if you don't think it belongs.  I didn't grow up around here, and they did, but it just seems, and tastes, so wrong to me.
Jim2903
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:12:16
Wintem01

Don't sweat it Harriet. I put (gulp) mayo on my hot dogs which I'm sure is on the blasphemy list for many on Roadfood. But as the late Gary Coleman would say, "Different strokes for different folks."


No, I think he'd say, "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Wintem?"

fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:13:59
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

I don't do it but plenty of locals put ketchup on their cheesesteaks.  What throws me more is how many people put ketchup on their pork roll and cheese (with or without egg).  I'd even venture to say that it is the preferred arrangement, to the point that it's a good idea to specify "no ketchup" when you order one, if you don't think it belongs.  I didn't grow up around here, and they did, but it just seems, and tastes, so wrong to me.





I think the only way to eat a pork roll and cheese or a pork roll, egg and cheese is with ketchup.  I believe my mom uses mustard, but ketchup is the way to go.  If it has egg with it than salt, pepper, ketchup said REALLY fast
ddbmus
Junior Burger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:15:33
Born, and lived 27 years, in suburban Philadelphia. Been away from there for 26 years--23 here in Atlanta. Never thought I'd find anything approaching a cheesesteak from "home," BUT if you're ever in metro Atlanta, Roy's in Smyrna (a NW suburb) has a cheesesteak to rival anything in PHL. (I know, I know....blasphemy!)
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 14:52:17
TJ Jackson

from Steve's Prince of Steaks on the North side, circa July 2006

looks terrible, tastes great



Note the large unchopped slabs of tender steak - I prefer this style fo the heavily chopped up versions
+1 for Steve's!  Always make the trip up to Bustleton Ave whenever I'm in Philly. 

Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 15:05:07
fattybomatty

Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

I don't do it but plenty of locals put ketchup on their cheesesteaks.  What throws me more is how many people put ketchup on their pork roll and cheese (with or without egg).  I'd even venture to say that it is the preferred arrangement, to the point that it's a good idea to specify "no ketchup" when you order one, if you don't think it belongs.  I didn't grow up around here, and they did, but it just seems, and tastes, so wrong to me.





I think the only way to eat a pork roll and cheese or a pork roll, egg and cheese is with ketchup.  I believe my mom uses mustard, but ketchup is the way to go.  If it has egg with it than salt, pepper, ketchup said REALLY fast


Every once in a while I'll try a bite with ketchup - I keep thinking the combo will eventually click - but I haven't been sold yet.  I think it's the cured pork thing, which seems to marry so well with mustard.  Though if there's egg, then I don't want mustard either.
brookquarry
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 16:34:17
Cheesesteaks, like most Roadfood, is subject to regional variations.
In the Lehigh Valley, where I live the default version of the cheesesteak comes with sauce.
My wife likes this version, which means that, when we are in Philly she has to order a pizza steak.
I, on the other hand prefer my chesesteak without sauce but with ketchup (and Mushrooms).
Locally, this means I have to tell the server "CHEESESTEAK, HOLD THE SAUCE". When I then proceed to add ketchup, I sometimes get some quizical looks-like why are you adding back in something similar to what you told us to withold.
The answer, of course, is that ketchup is quite different than marinara sauce. Also, if I add the ketchup I can control the quantity (I typically put on far less ketchup than the amount of sauce that the kitchen would normally add).
sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 17:07:15
hey Harriet, don't take it personal, it's all good.
to each his own taste.
joclyn
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 18:25:26
Carolina Bob

joclyn

huh?  what's wrong with ketchup on a cheesesteak??  that's the normal way to do it.  unless it's a pizza steak - then it gets some good gravy.  cheesesteak hoagies get mayo by the let/tom/onions and ketchup on the steak.


I've never heard of anyone putting ketchup on a cheesesteak before. Same for mustard, just in case that ever comes up. I have heard of folks using mayo as a cheesesteak condiment, but I don't see myself ever doing it.


you've obviously never had an authentic philly cheesesteak.
 
EDIT
 
and after i hit submit i saw your next comment about not being aware that ketchup is the 'usual' condiment (not including the cheese - whether it's regular or whiz). 
 
any place, other than this general area (pa/nj/de/md), that i've been to that had a place that offered 'philly cheesesteaks' has always topped them with ketchup. even out in spokane, wa.  
 
i'm really surprised that people find it THAT unusual!  
 
as for 'cheese sauce' the closest thing is the cheez whiz stuff. traditionally speaking, that is.  and i have to say, none of the places i've frequently my whole life used the stuff - is usually american and sometimes provolone.  the 'whiz' thing is south philly in origin/custom i think...and i've never even been to pat's or geno's so i've never even had a cheesesteak with the stuff!  
 
when i lived in s jersey, pepperoni on steaks was the 'thing' and very common at just about every place.  i don't see that here in pa, tho.  
 
chicken (cheese)steaks have become popular and that's usually what i get now.  just makes for a 'lighter' sandwich that doesn't leave you so 'bloated' as the beef sometimes can.
 
cheesesteak hoagies (as they're called around here) have the mayo on the roll and then the vegy's and then the meat/cheese - for that one, actually, ketchup is not usually put on unless you ask for it.
 
pork roll sandwich with ketchup?  bleh, not for me!  gotta have mustard! 
 
some things are regional customs and some things are personal preference.  nothing is right or wrong - so, no reason to knock people for anything.  especially when they're talking about something that they DO know since that's what they grew up with.  better thing to do would be to try it their way; you may find that you actually like it!  or maybe not...either way, no reason anyone to be rude.
 
 
post edited by joclyn - 2010/06/15 18:45:42
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 20:09:31
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

buffetbuster

Bruce-
Just to be clear, this was CTD's breakfast.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.



He's a man of good taste.

 
Impeccable...but alas, no ketchup on my bacon or pie...sorry!
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 21:13:22
  Okay Dale, I think that Campo's steak wins my Drooooool award....BUT is the bread as squishey-crusty delicious as it looks?  Or is it a wee bit Too much-Too bready?  hard to tell. 
saps
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/15 21:38:05
oopsme

Just about every Italian Beef stand in the Chicago area offer the option of ordering a cheesy beef. The cheese is always provolone or mozzarella.


They do?  I've never seen them offered at Johnnie's, Mr. Beef, or any of the old school places.  I've seen cheese on Italian beef at places that typically don't do Italian Beef well and have about 60 other things on the menu.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/16 08:19:23
AHI MPLS

  Okay Dale, I think that Campo's steak wins my Drooooool award....BUT is the bread as squishey-crusty delicious as it looks?  Or is it a wee bit Too much-Too bready?  hard to tell. 


Dawn,
This cheesesteak was served on a Sarcone's Roll- that's the real deal-  you can't do better than that- Crusty and Chewey? yes, squishey?- a little but firm enough to hold its own...
 
This was on my Saturday and Sunday cheesesteak smack down back in April 2008 . Cheesewit joined me for the suburban tour the first day and I did the city tour on my own the next day...Campo's actually tied 2nd place with Al Forno.
 
The #1 cheesteak on that trip was actually...
 

 
Lorenzo's Pizza in Philly- no cheesewiz here- just straight american cheese "wit"
post edited by wanderingjew - 2010/06/16 08:21:06
Jim2903
Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/16 10:28:28
saps

oopsme

Just about every Italian Beef stand in the Chicago area offer the option of ordering a cheesy beef. The cheese is always provolone or mozzarella.


They do?  I've never seen them offered at Johnnie's, Mr. Beef, or any of the old school places.  I've seen cheese on Italian beef at places that typically don't do Italian Beef well and have about 60 other things on the menu.


Old-school Al's does Italian beef well and offers cheese as an option, though the choices of cheddar and American are puzzling: http://www.alsbeef.com/company/menu.asp
 
Portillo's does good beef and also offers cheese. Again, not what I always get on my beef, but now and then a nice change of pace.
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Philly Cheesesteak 2010/06/16 10:31:19
I was shocked to find in nyc there is an actually good cheesesteak place. It's called shortys.  Used to be a tony lukes.   Thank god I found this place for my cheesesteak cravings
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