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Aug 20, 2006 06:51 PM

Philly Cheese Steak in London?

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: zuriga1

        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...!

        1. re: Jayne in VT

          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.

          1. re: zuriga1

            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...

            1. re: zuriga1

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

              1. re: Tony L

                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. :-)

              2. re: zuriga1

                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. 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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            1. re: loobcom

              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.

              1. 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.