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Philly Cheese Steak

Cheech5001 Dec 20, 2004 08:28 AM

Hi All.....

I'm really craving a philly cheese steak!!!!
Are there any decent ones to be had in the GTA? I've only had a few bad examples, substance on a bun that bore absolutely no resemblance to reall Philly Cheese Steak.

Can anyone help out?


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    stephen RE: Cheech5001 Dec 20, 2004 09:32 AM

    If only I could help...

    Since I moved to the West End from New York in '99 I have been on the search to find a decent Philly style cheesesteak. I haven't even been able to find something like "Steak Umms" which are the frozen processed ones that you can use at home.

    All the ones I have tried were sad examples... not enough meat, lousy roll, etc.

    My christmas trip this thursday back to NJ will surely include a few cheesesteaks!

    Can anybody help us?

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    1. re: stephen
      tom RE: stephen Dec 20, 2004 09:50 AM

      T.O. Steaks ( on the North side & closer to Islington) may very well have the best Philly cheesesteaks in the city.

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        ford RE: tom Dec 20, 2004 09:52 AM

        Anyone been to T.O. Steaks?

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          Oxtail RE: ford Dec 20, 2004 11:54 AM

          TO Steaks has the best cheesesteak I've had in Toronto and I've returned a number of times. I haven't had a cheesesteak in downtown Philly, so true connoisseurs of the sandwich might disagree. They also have a chicken alternative which is very good too.

          I've talked to the workers (owners?) there, and they defend the quality of their ingredients, and swear that they are chopping the shrooms, peppers and onions on a daily basis. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with their sandwich. Only thing is, you might want to call first in the evenings, as they tend to close early some nights.

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            stephen RE: Oxtail Dec 20, 2004 12:42 PM

            Thanks for the reco,

            TO Steaks is pretty close to my house... so I will be checking it out as early as tonight. Can't wait for this guilty pleasure.

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              Cheech5001 RE: stephen Dec 20, 2004 01:37 PM

              Where exactly is it please?

              Also, Stephen, please post a review after your meal tonight!


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                Oxtail RE: Cheech5001 Dec 20, 2004 02:37 PM

                TO Steaks
                942 The Queensway

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                  The Brother RE: Oxtail Dec 20, 2004 09:59 PM

                  I found out about this place last spring when The Toronto Star reviewed the best Philly Steaks during the hockey playoffs. The article's quest for the best was among the major chains (Subway, Mr Sub, Quiznos), if memory serves, foot noting the more 'original' T.O. Steaks.

                  Great experience. Try the spicy mayo with your onion rings! yummmmm

                  The Brother

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                    hungryabbey RE: The Brother Sep 29, 2006 11:22 PM

                    does TO steaks have an online menu? Whats the prices of their steaks there?

      2. re: stephen
        KANGBK RE: stephen Aug 29, 2008 04:49 AM

        There is a new restaurant that opened in Mississauga Dundas/Hurontario, where they grill the cheese steak on STONE~!! I think that was the best tasting philly cheese steak..I think it was called Duncan's Stone Grill...

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        bbbradk RE: Cheech5001 Sep 29, 2006 09:09 PM

        Is this place still around?

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          cream RE: Cheech5001 Sep 29, 2006 11:19 PM

          I just had a great Philly Cheesesteak at Hal Burger. It was the special, but I think it is on the menu pretty regularily.

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            stephen RE: Cheech5001 Sep 30, 2006 01:23 PM

            TO Steaks is closed... sadly.

            1. mainja RE: Cheech5001 Oct 1, 2006 04:07 PM

              isn't there a TO Steaks on college, east of spadina on the south side, near einstien's?

              never eaten there, but have noticed it when walking by.

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                Atahualpa RE: mainja Oct 2, 2006 12:43 AM

                I've seen it too. Never eaten there though. It is on the south side just east of Beverly/St. George.

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                bbbradk RE: Cheech5001 Oct 2, 2006 02:26 AM

                a friend recently sampled Philthy McNasty's version and gave it a screaming thumbs down

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                  hungryabbey RE: bbbradk Oct 2, 2006 11:51 AM

                  I have had it there as well.. And agree, big thumbs down. It gave me a really big tummy ache after.

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                  foodgangsta RE: Cheech5001 Nov 1, 2006 04:54 PM

                  I'm having a craving too, and I just went to McD's for one of theirs and was surprised by the bun they used. Almost Amoroso style but a bit small. For fast food, it was okay, but still craving a real philly after that. (Funnily my last good philly steak was in Honolulu at a place called Ono's)

                  I had one recently at the Air Canada Centre and almost laughed. I paid $10 for a "Philly" cheesesteak on a poppy seed hot dog bun??? When will Torontonians realize that the bun is half the equation in making a proper hoagie? I've seen them in various restaurants, served open faced (get the f out of here!!!), on hot dog buns, french rolls, etc. I believe calling these things philly's are misleading and the practice should be stopped. It's like calling dry grilled mini-hamburgers "sliders," but that's another rant for another post!!!

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                    HarryLloyd RE: foodgangsta Sep 22, 2007 04:42 AM

                    Whats the other half?


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                    mclaugh RE: Cheech5001 Nov 1, 2006 10:51 PM

                    There are three things that are essential to a Philly Cheesesteak: the meat (Rib Eye steak), the cheese (American, Provolone or Cheez Whiz), and the roll (crusty Italian), and unless things have changed since this past Aug, while there are places that purport to sell Philly cheesesteaks in TO, in the 15 years I lived in TO, I never found an ACTUAL Philly cheesesteaks for sale anywhere in Golden Horseshoe.

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                      stephen RE: mclaugh Nov 2, 2006 01:01 PM

                      TO Steaks on the Queensway did a pretty good cheesesteak, but alas they have gone out of business now. I have started making them at home... sadly.

                      If any hounds fine a good example of a cheesesteak in the GTA please post about it!

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                        foodgangsta RE: mclaugh Nov 2, 2006 02:56 PM

                        not sure if I agree with the Crusty Italian roll, but yes, that's the basic ingredients right there. I too have started to make them at home also.

                      2. TonyO RE: Cheech5001 Nov 2, 2006 01:05 PM

                        Sometimes you gotta do it yourself at home. Take Mclaugh's "grocery list" and open your own Geno's at home. It's simple to make and a lot better than any Quizno's or Subway.

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                          scheherazade RE: TonyO Sep 21, 2007 04:27 PM

                          Sadly... the best cheesesteaks I've had in Toronto (which isn't saying much) were in the cheesiest of locations. (1) The Great Steak & Potato Company, an American food court chain, which has locations downtown at College Park and the Atrium on Bay and presumably elsewhere in town; (2) Fridays at Terminal 3 in Pearson (which appears to be affiliated with TGI Fridays but serves a much, much superior cheese steak). I've also found fairly decent cheesesteaks at halal takeout joints, but this is only in comparison to the offerings everywhere else in town - the meat is nice and the bun is usually decent, but it's far from an authentic cheesesteak.

                          Still looking for a decent cheese steak that isn't at some chain somewhere.

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