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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Search for the Ultimate Philly Cheese Steak

A few years ago, I discovered the wonder-sandwich known as the Philadelphia Cheese Steak. This sandwich is made up purely of awesome and win, stuffed inside a hoagie bun. Since I found it, I've been searching for the tastiest goddamn cheese steak I can find.

I've traveled around and sampled a great and diverse number of cheese steaks. The best maker of these legendary meals I've found is sadly no longer in business. It was a small, family-run joint with a thorough knowledge of what makes a good sandwich. Before they closed, I had my fill, and learned what made it so damn good.

The kind of meat that should be used is hotly contended amongst some. I rather like it thin sliced and chopped finely. I find when it is cut into strips only to be too tough and difficult to eat. For cheese, none other will do than pepper jack. Cooked onions are nice, as are banana peppers.

With this in mind, I set out on my sampling journey. I had been fruitless, until today, when I stopped in at a Subway. As far as fast food, Subway is seldom my favorite, but screw it, I wanted a big, footlong sub, and the store is right on the corner. I selected their Big Philly Cheese Steak on Italian herbs and cheese bread. I added pepper jack, bananas, and a handful of pickles, and topped it off with sweet onion sauce. Much to my surprise, this was actually one of the better cheese steaks I've had to date. Not as good as the mom-and-pop business that got me hooked in the first place, but certainly nothing to turn up a nose at.

Obviously, I've still got a long way to go and a lot more searching to do if Subway is my top contender at the moment.


  1. What's sad is the great steak and potato company is one of the better i've had that haven't been served from a taco-truck-esque place. Yes it's mall food, but man it's good!!

  2. Pepperjax grill is delicious, I don't know if it's strictly local or not tho :/

  3. I've never had one, but this post has me drooling. I must try it now.

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