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Aug 14, 2008 06:05 PM

Philly cheesesteak AUTHENTIC?

I'm trying to find an authentic Philly cheesesteak for a straight from Philadelphia woman. Have had some good results but usually the bread is the real downfall. Any ideas near Boston area would be great Cambridge would be better.

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      1. seconded: carls in waltham

        1. re: Prav

          Based on all the recomendations on this board for Carl's, I went there on Saturday for lunch with my two teenage sons. We found the steask and cheese subs to be very big, but not particuarly tasty. They were also low on cheese. They were not worth a special trip, IMHO.

          1. re: Delhiwala

            I have to agree. A lot of people rave about how big Carl's is. Most subs are adequate to fill me, so bigger is not necessarily better. After eating at Carl's I was unpleasantly stuffed, but realized that it had not tasted so good.

            FWIW, there is absolutely no authentic Philly proxy in Boston, it is a different beast than out steak and cheese. Locally I like the subs at Bob's in Medford (which are plenty big in their own right).

            1. re: Gabatta

              I agree with Bobs! The bread is fantastic and they use actual steak.

              Carl's steak looks like rabbit turds.

              1. re: Gabatta

                While I would send someone to Bob's for just about any sub under the sun, I can't wholeheartedly recommend their steak and cheese's. The last two that I've had there were a bit on the dry side and lacking in flavor and cheese.

                My vote for tastiest steak and cheese goes to Dom's in Malden.

        2. Not sure if someone from Philly will find these authentic, but two places that are commonly mentioned in the area are Al's State Street in the Financial District and Carl's in Waltham. I love the cheesesteaks from Carl's; haven't tried Al's yet.

          1. This question comes up every so often, and my personal take is no. But feel free to try any of the suggestions here:

            Hey, I get tired of seeing the REAL & AUTHENTIC (all caps a must to emphasize how much I despise the localized versions) threads too, and wish more people come to grips that once you leave a region almost all dishes are local interpretations, but this is a little much, no?

            1. If they have to call it a "philly cheesesteak" then it is not authentic. Order a burger.

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              1. re: MattInNJ

                This Philly native says amen to that, Matt. That's my mantra. A "steak and cheese" does not a cheesesteak make.