I'm a cheesesteak snob -- plain and simple.
So many chains sell so-called "cheesesteaks" like the awful Subway Big Philly Cheesesteak or even Wawa's version.
Don't even get me started on Domino's Philly Cheesesteak Pizza -- I don't care if they got the "stamp of approval" from the Oliveri Family (the owners of Pat's and the sandwich's inventors).
I refuse to eat them. They go against everything the cheesesteak is about. It's like spitting in the face of the city.
I won't even get one when I'm in New York, let alone Florida or Cali, but what about all Philadelphians who are forced to live in other parts of the county? What do they do?
So I did a little research to see what "cheesesteak" offerings there were around the country:
Philly's Best in California flies in Amoroso's Rolls to help make their sandwiches taste like home. I don't know if the rolls will cut it…
South Philly Cheese Steaks in the Denver-area claims they're the "Cheese Steak Champ" (Notice the space in Cheese Steaks…far from a champ I bet).
Ohio-based Great Steak & Potato Company fails simply on the fact they call their sandwiches "Philadelphians."
The crème de la crème has to be Fred's Philly Cheesesteaks in Plano, Texas. Their slogan definitely has the Philly charm: "Best 10" You Ever Had in Your…" (You can check their site out for the rest).
Is it fair that these places are repping our sandwich? I don't think so!
A real cheesesteak needs a little Philly dirt and Schuylkill wooder. They come from the corner shop or mainstays like Tony Luke's or Jim's.
If you’re a true Phillite and have eaten at any of these places, please leave your review below. I want to know if I'm right!
And now pick up the phone and order a real cheesesteak and oh, by the way, make your pick for Philly's Best.
Published at 11:25 AM EDT on Jul 17, 2009