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Philly Cheese Steak in London?

loobcom Aug 20, 2006 06:51 PM

Never had one. Is such a thing available in London?

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    Jayne in VT RE: loobcom Aug 21, 2006 03:06 AM

    Not that I know of....but why would you want one in London? Go for a curry or good falafel!

    1. zuriga1 RE: loobcom Aug 21, 2006 07:25 AM

      I'm from Philly... and a good cheesesteak is a wonderful thing. I've never seen one here in the UK but wish I could open a shop like the ones back home. They are 10 times better than anything Burger King or McDonald's ever offered up. I think a lot of their unique taste comes from the cheese and bread used.. it wouldn't be the same over here and the authenticity would be lost. If you go to Phila., let me know - I'll tell you where to have the best - or the best hoagie sandwich which is also a treat unknown to Europeans. :-)

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        Jayne in VT RE: zuriga1 Aug 21, 2006 07:24 PM

        The unique taste in the bread is probably the corn syrup ;)...and the cheese? Isn't it like those presliced wrapped in plastic jobbies? Or maybe I really haven't tasted the real deal...

        I fly into Philly all the time on the way home from London. So tell me your secrets...!

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          zuriga1 RE: Jayne in VT Aug 22, 2006 01:32 PM

          Jayne, head for South St. if you want a good cheesesteak sandwich. I think the names are Pat's and Gino's and exactly where they are, I'm not sure. There's also one on the campus of Penn - that was a nice spot. I think they use Velveeta cheese or something close to that taste. The restaurants probably buy huge slabs of it and cut their own. The place for hoagies is Lee's Hoagie House. There used to be a few locations throughout the Phila. area.

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            Jayne in VT RE: zuriga1 Aug 23, 2006 04:36 PM

            Thanks! I may very well do that next time I'm there. I can get them in VT, but they're just not the same...

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              Tony L RE: zuriga1 Nov 30, 2006 08:29 PM

              The classic is made with Cheez Wiz though most places will also offer American and Provolone.

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                zuriga1 RE: Tony L Dec 1, 2006 05:16 AM

                Don't laugh, but I actually found a cheese at Marks & Sparks that tastes like American, American cheese. It's their low-fat, very yellow wrapped slices for hamburgers. Melted down, it would probably taste like Cheez Wiz, but I'm not going to give it a try. :-)

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                thegrifter RE: zuriga1 Dec 19, 2006 12:50 AM

                I'm from Philly and I would like to correct some things. Any place using Velveeta you want to avoid. I can't imagine a place anywhere near Philly using Velveeta, but anything's possible. The traditional cheese used is Cheese Whiz, which is actually not as bad as it sounds. Now that I think of it, it's possible that Cheese Whiz is a product made by Velveeta, in which case please excuse my ignorance.

                For someone who's never had a cheesesteak, I'd try it w/ Whiz just for tradition's sake. Personally I prefer a real cheese like provolone (don't ask for Swiss like John Kerry, please.) My favorite steak places are Tony Luke's on Oregon Ave., and Dalessandro's (in Roxborough on the Western edge of the city). Pat's and Geno's are the most famous but not the best, but their sandwiches are certainly good. They're not on South Street though. Zuriga1 must be thinking of Jim's, which is also famous and has a branch on South St. Pat's and Geno's are on 9th St., and face each other. Lots of rivalry going on.

                As for what makes the bread, apparently it's the water, not corn syrup. But who knows? Most of the Philly places use rolls from the same bakery, Amoroso.

                Lee's Hoagie house is good, but my personal favorite is Sarcone's at the edge of the Italian Market in So. Philly. Sarcone's bakes their own bread and smokes all their own meats. It's fantastic. Also, if you're in a bind and don't have the time or werewithal to get to one of the great hoagie places, the hoagies at Wawa (local convenience store, everywhere in and around Philly) are surprisingly good (again, for a convenience store).

          2. loobcom RE: loobcom Aug 21, 2006 09:42 AM

            You could always import the fixins and open a stall in Borough Market! There is a guy there who has made a fortune by selling chorizo rolls!

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              zuriga1 RE: loobcom Aug 22, 2006 01:29 PM

              If I was younger, I'd definitely think about opening a shop or stall. Even so, the bread wouldn't be quite the same. Another problem is the meat used.. very thinly sliced and I'm not even sure what cut of beef they get for this. Plus, the onions have to be cooked just so and... heck, I'm salivating on the keyboard.

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                Candy RE: loobcom Aug 23, 2006 07:40 PM

                Love those chorizo rolls!

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                CWCW RE: loobcom Nov 30, 2006 01:23 PM

                The closest you can get, and it ain't very close, is a Subway steak and cheese. That's as far as I know anyway.

                1. loobcom RE: loobcom Nov 30, 2006 02:04 PM

                  I'll pass.

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                    kazd RE: loobcom Dec 18, 2006 04:34 PM

                    When I lived in DC, I used to go to a bar called 'The Bottom Line', boyfriend was a Rugby player. Every week without fail I had Philly Steak and Cheese Sub.

                    So this is what I would do, M&S do some great subs, Costco do the thin frozen steaks (Best substitute), cook up some onions and pick up some provolone or Swiss Cheese. Bobs your uncle.

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