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Chicken cheesesteak?

OK, I'm from Boston. And all the time I lived in Philly, I never got the cheesesteak thing. They're OK, but sub nirvana, no. However, my husband fell in love with the chicken version. Basically the same thing as a cheesesteak but with chicken bits (chopped, sauteed on grill) instead of steak.

Is there anywhere around here to satisfy his craving? Honestly, I just don't get it - both versions are so ordinary and uninteresting to me. But he misses them passionately, so whatever, I love the man, I'll try to track them down. But give me a good lobstah roll any day.

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  1. Cabot's Ice Cream in Newton has them. Their version is pretty good: fresh bread, nice crispy edges on the chicken.

    Try their belgian waffle for dessert. Mmmm.

    1. I too absolutely love the chicken phillys, i think it is the best sandwhich out there. Unfortunately i have yet to find a really outstanding one in boston. You will have to travel down to the south shore to find a good one. There are alot of pizza places that have chicken stir fry subs that are similar to the chicken philly, but just not the same(Carl's in Waltham has a decent one). Jersey Mike's Subs in Raynham, MA and Fall River, MA have outstanding chicken philly's, unfortunately it is a little bit of a ride. Please let me know if you find a closer one!

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      1. re: danyboy

        If Carl's is the little place by the Waltham train station, I second.

      2. Wow...this is bizarre! I had one today and was just thinking about posting the same question here. I love regular steak-n-cheeses, but I rarely eat them, so I'm always on the look-out for a healthier chicken or even veggie option. Anyway, my current go-to option has one of the best chicken bombs I've had -- Mulligans on Causeway St. I work nearby and go there at least 1-2x per week. Besides their famous fresh roasted turkery, they have great grilled chicken that are used for a number of sandwiches. For the chicken bomb, they dice one up on the grill with onions and peppers and lather on some cheese. The sub rolls are always really fresh because they are so busy and the sandwich is great. Highly recommended, but hurry because I heard a rumor today that they are closing, which if true would be a terrible blow to this good food-starved neighborhood.

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        1. re: jpsox

          Romano's in Lawrence does a chicken bomb and also an italian bomb and I've seen on special, a teriyaki steak & cheese or teriyaki steak bomb. Sub rolls from Tripoli's bakery in Lawrence.

          1. re: jpsox

            +1 for Mulligans chicken bomb, it's a great sandwich. I was about to reply 'Dave's not closing Mulligan's!!!' until I saw the date on this post (yeesh!), he did close temporarily, and then re-opened over on Canal street

          2. Thanks for the craving - I haven't had one in years and I need one now.

            I used to get them at a place in Beverly, where they made a chicken cheesesteak using shaved chicken. Before I hunt them down, do any of these places use shaved chicken, or is it chopped?

            1. Moogy's in Brighton has chicken cheesesteaks. I can't compare them to anyone else's, but they're pretty good. They have a lot of different versions. They are on Chestnut Hill Ave, off of Commonwealth Ave. www.moogys.com

              1. Theres a place in Salem, NH called Samanthas. I used to go there specifically for what they called a Chicken Bomb. Its delicious and sounds very similar to what youre looking for. Granted that was years ago, and so was this post. Hopefully theyre still serving em up.

                1. One of the best Chicken Cheesesteaks I've ever had, and I've had a bunch, is at Joe's Famous in Dudley Sq. I've had to limit myself to one or two a month. I'd eat one there everyday.

                  1. In what I will say is to be the only thing I enjoy from them... The Chicken Philly from Emilio's in the South End is pretty good if looking for that unhealthy, quick option.

                    1. D'Angelo's chain does a pretty decent version.

                      1. there is a little sandwich shop at the back of Newtowne Variety in Cambridge, just back from Main Street a litte south of Central Square that makes really fresh sandwiches, their chicken cheese steak is the bomb.

                        1. I grew up in Philly-cheese-steak land. There's something particular about a real Philly cheese steak that makes it what it is. I couldn't tell you what all it is, but part of it is the roll. Lots of places that do cheese steaks also have chicken steaks and some may be good but they're just not Philly.

                          You might try Willy's Philly's in Maynard. I haven't been there in a long time, but when I went there I was expecting someone had stuck the Philly name on a place but didn't "get it" - was pleasantly surprised that they were doing a pretty good job of it. When I mentioned where I was from the guy apologized for the rolls not being perfect replicas, which to me was a sign he understood.

                            1. In the 'burbs, Pizza Express in Wakefield has a good chicken cheesesteak- Good on a braided roll, with mushrooms and onions.

                              1. Many places call it a chicken bomb