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Best cheesesteak on the Main Line- still looking!

michyphilly Jan 3, 2009 07:58 PM

I need help with my cheesesteak fix without going into south philly, any sugestions ?

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    geppetto RE: michyphilly Jan 3, 2009 09:18 PM

    Many years ago I worked in Bala Cynwyd. Once in a while we would go to Mama's (sp?) on Belmont, between City Line and the expressway. Not sure if it is still there, but if I were in the area and looking for a cheese steak now, that is the only place I would go. Nothing else compared. They had a great pizza steak too! Is that close enough to the Main Line?

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      michyphilly RE: geppetto Jan 4, 2009 08:02 PM

      Thanks, it is close enough for me. I am going to try it.

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      buck3 RE: michyphilly Jan 4, 2009 01:31 AM

      Have you tried John's Pizza on Route 30 in Frazer?

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        michyphilly RE: buck3 Jan 4, 2009 08:04 PM

        No I havent tried it. Frazer is a bit too far out for me but Ill keep it in mind if Im out there. Thanks

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          leepinleemur RE: buck3 Jan 5, 2009 09:53 AM

          Which side is John's on? Whenever I drive by I always think "I should try that cheesesteak at the pizza place that pops up on chowhound", but then I can never remember if it is Jack's or John's and those two seem to be near each other.

          I get a decent cheesesteak at slice it up (next to himalaya) in Malvern.

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            cheesewit RE: leepinleemur Jan 5, 2009 11:30 AM

            John's is on the eastbound side. Prior to 1999 it was on the westbound side in a smaller space.

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          rocknroll52 RE: michyphilly Jan 4, 2009 04:47 AM

          I like the cheesesteaks at Boston Style Pizza at Merion. They are not as huge as Mama's, but they are good.

          1. cheesewit RE: michyphilly Jan 4, 2009 06:52 AM

            In addition to Mama's in Bala Cynwyd, here are 3 that are very good:
            Pie in the Sky in Wayne, Vic & Dean's Pizzeria also in Wayne, and Garrett Hill in Rosemont.
            I usually include these in my "Cheesesteaks of the Main Line Tour" that I offer.

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              michyphilly RE: cheesewit Jan 4, 2009 08:07 PM

              Thanks for your suggestions, Ive tried Pie in the Sky and it is pretty good. Where is Vic and Deans ? Ive never seen it and Im in Wayne on occassion

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                cheesewit RE: michyphilly Jan 5, 2009 03:54 AM

                Vic & Dean's, like Pie in the Sky is on Wayne Ave.

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                  Carole RE: cheesewit Jan 5, 2009 06:54 AM

                  Pie in the Sky is on Lancaster Ave.

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                    cheesewit RE: Carole Jan 5, 2009 07:48 AM

                    Right...near Wayne Ave.

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                    cjc519 RE: cheesewit Jan 6, 2009 07:58 PM

                    I also wondered where Vic and Dean's is b/c we got a menu in our mailbox. It's actually on W. Wayne Ave. down the street from the IAC and the old Wayne Beef and Ale... close to the Radnor Trail. Is it good? I've been thinking of giving it a try. Do they deliver?

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                      cheesewit RE: cjc519 Jan 7, 2009 03:51 AM

                      I think it's pretty good. Pizza is ok, sandwiches and wraps are better. They do deliver.

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                drjane RE: michyphilly Jan 5, 2009 02:08 PM

                Mama's has great cheesesteaks, although sometimes it seems like they have too much meat, if that's possible. Our general rule of thumb, though, is that one can only get steaks there about 1 out of 4 attempts--it's only open Wed-Sat, sometimes closes randomly for vacation, or, as my brother-in-law from Virginia recently found out, sometimes Mama runs out of rolls.

                Our go-to cheesesteak is the one from Overbrook pizza, on 63rd Street near City Line Ave and the Overbrook station on the R5 line.

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                  michyphilly RE: drjane Jan 5, 2009 03:23 PM

                  I think that there can be too much meat on a cheesesteak ! When that happens the bread gets overpowered and there is nowhere to put the ketchup... Its about the balance of the cheesesteak in my opinion. Thanks for the heads up on the time issues Mama's has. I will try it but have a back up plan to go to Overbrook.

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                    phungi RE: drjane Jan 16, 2009 01:38 PM

                    I tried Overbrook Pizza last week, and they make a formidable cheesesteak. They toasted the roll, grinder style, and it was tasty. It is pick-up only. Much better than Larry's, the closest in the area.

                  2. bigfella RE: michyphilly Jan 16, 2009 09:03 AM

                    Did you try Mama's yet? My favorite in Philly by far!!

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                      ChiliDude RE: michyphilly Jan 17, 2009 02:45 AM

                      Philadelphia Magazine selected Angelo's in King of Prussia as the Best of Philly in the 'burbs' in 2008. My wife and I have dined on them several times. I can even walk into the place and order the sandwiches in Italian.

                      Angelo's is closed on Sundays.

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                        michyphilly RE: ChiliDude Jan 17, 2009 06:51 AM

                        Thanks, Ill try it!

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