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sandwichking
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Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 2:35 PM
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I want to sell cheesesteaks off my dog cart. I'm thinking of grilling the sliced sirloin and keeping it hot in an au jus bath. Grill is not big enough or hot enough to cook-to-order. Placing a 1/4lb meat w/sharp provolone and grilled peppers n onions on a beautiful 7" crusty roll made by local bakery. Any suggestions on a retail price?
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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 3:14 PM
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That sounds like a very good sandwich, but not what I would expect if I ordered a cheesesteak.

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 4:13 PM
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I assume that you can't have raw meat on your dog cart, so you would be buying sliced, pre cooked roast beef? Then hold it in aujus? Then add pre cooked peppers & onions?.......Stick to the dogs, that's what I would be going to a hot dog cart for, not a bastardized cheese steak.
As far as cost, what does it cost you to make? What would your market bare?

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 7:25 PM
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Advanced has some pretty good precooked stuff. My HD inspector really liked it.

sandwichking
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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 8:40 PM
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In PA, allowed to cook raw meat. never use precooked garbage and the same with my peppers and onions. All cooked on the cart. Cost doesn't matter to you, I am asking what you think it would sell for. What's the going price, $5 $6 $7
 
And why is this not a cheesesteak, Chefbuba/ChrisOC? Grilled steak, cheese, peppers n onions..... I've seen shows where those steak places hold their meat in au jus & I've seen it sitting in a pile on top of the griddle, drying out. So?

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 9:34 PM
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So....mister know it all, we don't know your food cost. Figure it from there.

sandwichking
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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sun, 04/14/13 9:53 PM
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This is why I stopped interacting w/this site over a year ago, I ask a simple question and look what happens...... and nobody answered my question. Why am I mister-know-it-all? It's $2.10 btw

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Mon, 04/15/13 12:05 AM
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Take your food cost and multiply by 3 will get you close to where you need to be. Not knowing anything about your sells area, I would try selling it for $6.50.

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Mon, 04/15/13 7:01 AM
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I think the reason people are giving you a hard time is because you need to be basing your selling price around your food cost. If the going rate is 3.25 and your food cost is 2.10 you're not going to make any money. The point is you should already have a formula so you can calculate what to charge based on what it cost to make. 

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Tue, 04/16/13 11:35 PM
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HAHAHA, i'd like to meet the health inspector who says you can HOLD raw meat on a hot dog cart... FOR ONE, you WILL NOT & CAN NOT get a HIGH PRIORITY license for an OPEN AIR hot dog cart. You won't have the ability to keep it at 42 degrees or lower, unless you have a refrigeration unit on your cart, a triple sink + a hand washing sink, and serv safe cert as well.   but non of that is relevent, b'/c it's a hot dog cart....  I'm going to call the Health Dept in Hastings tomorrow and ask if they allow raw red meat on a hot dog cart.    
 
Do your homework and research what sells in your area. 

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 04/27/13 7:01 AM
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People always give you a hard time. its like,hey I got a question. Then they grill you and kick you around .I like the
steak Idea.  I worked for a guy last summer who held the beef in the   au jus. It keeps it moist. if you can cook it on the cart great. Its just as easy to cook it at home  if you can. Its like these guys are HD wanna bees. Christ chill out and slam a dog down.I posted I cooked a sausage and dog for the
health inspector and you would of thoughtI gave him a reach around by the reaction here. Dorks! Good luck. If you dont make money on it
shatcan it. Dogs are what sells in my limited experience.But it could easily work where you are King

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 04/27/13 4:30 PM
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Yep,  master what people like IN YOUR AREA. I have, I think. Today I was packed up and ready to go and folks came by and almost demanded I sell them some dogs.Their mouthes were watering thinking about them. Sold them out of the back of my pick-up and explained they wouldn't be piping hot. "No prob. It's a Grampy Dawg."

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Fri, 05/3/13 11:56 AM
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Why it will often not be considered a cheesesteak is that over the years the term cheesesteak has and will be related to the concept of Philadelphia cheesesteak. There are a few exceptions. I have a lifetime of experience with one cheesesteak that is different than a Philadelphia cheesesteak but Piccolo's in Hoboken has been serving a <<<Hoboken>>> cheesesteak for over 50 years and I dare someone to get yappy at Piccolo's about the cheesesteak served there.

You're in PA where customers are very likely to expect an authentic version of a Philadelphia cheesesteak.

If regs in PA allowed raw meat to be served from a standard hot dog cart...I'd think there would be droves of them all over PA.

There are some carts in NYC that serve cheesesteaks but they are not serving them from hot dog carts....and they use pre-cooked meat.

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Fri, 05/17/13 7:11 PM
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Well I asked the HD when I started 5 years ago and he said, "you can cook whatever you want just so it is on the grill of the cart." Codes vary by state, wilddogs and I am servsafe certfd.  6oz sirloin grilled to order, topped w/provolone, pepps n onions on a nice hearth baked roll cost $2.32, sell for $6. They sold well enough to do again. Thanks CCinNJ, mikejames, joedog, jcheese for your input.
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Re:Cheesesteaks - Fri, 05/17/13 7:48 PM
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Your welcome sandwichking. It sounds delish, Yum... Glade it worked out for you.

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 05/18/13 3:59 PM
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Good deal for a nice sandwich... Sandwichking!

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 05/18/13 9:18 PM
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This sounds more like an Italian Beef Minus the giardiniera + some cheese. If your in PA and you want to do a Cheesesteak, why not do a proper cheesesteak? Use the cheese whiz. Not trying to come at you, but it is stuff like this that gives food carts a bad rep and make people think they will get substandard food at one. Just saying

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 05/18/13 9:34 PM
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sandwichking

This is why I stopped interacting w/this site over a year ago, I ask a simple question and look what happens...... and nobody answered my question. Why am I mister-know-it-all? It's $2.10 btw

Maybe it's the attitude that comes across when people feel the tone of your postings, maybe??????????????????????????????
That is to say I get the feeling when I read your posts that you have some kind of an attitude that just rubs people the wrong way. I don't know, just sayin'. Could be wrong, Oh well.

sandwichking
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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 05/18/13 11:08 PM
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Maybe I should call it a steak n cheese? Cheese wiz just sounds bad to me. (but I'm sure it no better or worse than the nacho cheese sauce in a can) I'd rather sell real cheese to the public and I don't think a sirloin steak n cheese from a food cart would give anyone a bad rep. Appreciate the inputs, thanks.

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 05/18/13 11:40 PM
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The original Cheesesteak was made with cheese whiz, which is why I mentioned it. I am all about keeping it authentic, just doing it better than the other guys 

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Sat, 05/18/13 11:59 PM
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sounds like something a mouse does
 

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Re:Cheesesteaks - Mon, 05/20/13 6:45 PM
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I never got the Philly cheese steak. Its great because anything with beef and chz is great. i guess they just have thin sliced steak and chz wiz. Steak chz shrooms peppers and onions are king king. where in pA are you?