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Dec 14, 2007 04:32 PM

what the #*#@**@@!$$? Has happened to D'Allesandro's Cheesesteaks?

Are there new owners? Is it just me, But it just ain't the same? Really bad!

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  1. hmmm. I haven't had one in about 6 or 7 years, but I didn't think they were *all that* back then... my favorite Cheesesteak is from Gaetano's in NJ!

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    1. re: mamakto3

      Gaetano's brings back some great memories, but my favorites of all time are from Yellow Submarine in Maple Shade.

    2. We picked up 6 of them at Thanksgiving and we all thought they were great as usual. Maybe you hit a bad time.

      1. I haven't had a "real" Dello's (as we called them) cheesesteak since we used to cut out of school to lunch there in 1969. I think they sold to another family in the 80's and sold the name along with the business. The same thing happened to Rizzo's in Glenside. The Rizzo's of today is nothing like it was when I was a kid.

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        1. re: Chefpaulo

          "The Rizzo's of today is nothing like it was when I was a kid."

          We travel from Mt. Airy for Rizzo's and really enjoy it. How much better could it have tasted? Is it THAT dramatic of a difference today? What, did it fall from heaven back then?

          1. re: Chefpaulo

            I just went to Dalessandro's with the mom, who's been going there since her days at Textile also the year they opened, and we loved them. She didn't say anything about them being better back in the day. And I have been going there since the 1970's and my love for their cheesesteak sauce and fried onions has not died either. When in the 80's did they switch hands? I don't recall and major changes either.

          2. Were their cheesesteaks ever good? I went years ago for the first time based upon raves.......not good then. Been three times since. Three more bad cheesesteaks. I never understood why their steaks are lauded.

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            1. re: G Goo

              I feel like I've maybe missed out on something reading some of the posts. I've enjoyed steaks at Dalessandro's. What I'd call a "bad" steak are Pat's or Geno's. I don't recall if it was Pat's or Geno's but the meat wasn't chopped so it stretched when you bit into it (not pleasant eating). For me the chopped meat, fried onions and of course the cheese should become one (as Dalessandro's was when I had one last summer). Is it the best? Probably not, but "bad" steaks abound in and around Philly and I personally wouldn't include Dalessandro's in that number.

              1. re: Chinon00

                Steve's Prince of Steaks does not chop up the steak either and their steaks are among the best in Philly. IMO, whether the steak is chopped up on the grill or not is not the measure of what makes a good cheesesteak. It's the quality of the meat and temperature it's cooked at.

                1. re: Chinon00

                  I disagree wholeheartedly.....I've had bad steaks.....I mean worse than most corner pizza joints...... at dallesandro's. The steak is cooked in steaming gray piles on a corner of the griddle, limp, undercooked onions are piled on top of the steak, all on an uninspiring roll. Not a good steak. I've had dozens of better steaks. Am I crazy?? Please someone explain the hype??

                  Great steaks:

                  Chinks (The best IMO...subtle, simple, excellent)
                  Steve's Prince of Steaks
                  John's Roast Pork

                  1. re: Chinon00

                    Pat's is the best...I think you are talking about Geno's if you are talking about the 'stretch' quotient. I ate at both places on one memorable day as my own personal 'best of'. Pat's by far beat Geno's and I consider the steak to be most excellent at this venue. I always recommend Pat's King of Steaks to anyone visiting Philly. I will now be forced to include Dalessandro's in my quest for the best of the best :)

                2. Please let me explain my original post. I have been going to d'allesandro's for most of my life. My older brothers took me there for the first time in the mid 60's. Lets say about forty years of history. I personally Have have at least Five hundred " Cheese Steaks With sauce And Onions" , from them, since then! Please everyone go back and prove me wrong. I hope I am wrong, but what I got last night was not even close to what I have ever had as even close to bad. Plus ,please tell the women taking the orders that she needs to have an an enema before coming to work! What a sour puss! Sorry to be so blunt, but I am really dissapointed!

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                  1. re: jado

                    What is your baseline, point of reference, great steak in 2007?


                    1. re: Chinon00

                      There is only one baseline or point of reference and that is John's Roast Pork. Everything else falls below, but Steve's and Chinks are close although I do agree that it does matter that the steak must be chopped up.

                      1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

                        Hmm. I have to try John's steak. BUT - OlderPhil have you had a steak from George's at the top of the Italian Market (not to be confused with George's across from Fante's in the Market, which stinks)? Every steak made to order, fabulous long hots. Can't really imagine a better one (though I will try John's asap).

                        1. re: GDSwamp

                          Be quiet about George's before too many people swamp the place. Of course George's and John's are great. The biggest difference is John's steaks are bigger and they use a roll with sesame seeds from Carangi's bakery.