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Jan 31, 2009 12:54 PM

Pat's Cheesesteak

Forgive me. But, I just don't get it. Dried out, flavorless slices of pseudo-meat dolloped with cheese-fizz byproduct? What's all the fuss? It's a fun atmosphere with happy people waiting online and order takers not as impatient as the sign would lead you to believe but the sandwich is just not that great to me. A good old Chicago Beef sandwich with a couple of inches of juicy beef, its fresh bread soaked in juice and topped with limpy green peppers: THAT'S more like it.
'Cuse me while I duck...

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  1. Why would you go to what's potentially the worst cheesesteak joint in the city? Had you done even a cursory amount of research, you would have gone elsewhere.

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    1. re: Boognish

      I'd like to add that it's completely possible to get a bad steak at even some of the best joints. Every place has an off-night here and there.

      Oh, and if you want a better comparison to a Chicago Beef sandwich, you should try out Nick's Roast Beef in South Philly.

      1. re: Boognish

        I checked out the website for Nick's. A roast beef or roast pork sandwich with over a quarterpound of meat looks good, but what will be the tab? What is a bargain at less than $5 will be a ripoff at closer to $10.

        1. re: nosh

          Nick's sandwiches run about 6.50 - 7.00 for combos (with cheese)

    2. I agree with Boognish. SOME level of research is required to get a quality steak in Philly. You remind me of a Eurotrash who visited our office and got a haircut literally up the street from our office in Conshohocken and announces to us "look at my hair, must I go back to Europe for a decent haircut I guess".

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        1. re: thew

          For a haircut or a cheesesteak?

        2. re: Chinon00

          I don't understand the hostility, but OK. Sometimes we go places because other family members or friends would like to go there and it makes them happy to not go alone. Research doesn't come into play.

          1. re: the dog ate my homework

            Then upon that basis "[d]ried out, flavorless slices of pseudo-meat dolloped with cheese-fizz byproduct" are always a strong possibility.

        3. The Chicago Italian Roast Beef Sandwich is something I miss everyday. The gravy is part of the delight along with the roasted bell peppers. I grew up in the western 'burbs. It, however, is in a different class than the Philly Cheese Steak, which is grilled, not roasted.

          There are places in the Philly area that make Cheese Steak with provolone instead squeeze cheese. One of them, it won the 'Best of the 'Burbs' awarded by Philadelphia Magazine, is in my vicinity. I prefer what is called a 'Pizza Steak.' The highly touted venue in the Italian Market area is just a landmark as far as I'm concerned with the most ridiculous ordering routine with which not to bother.

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          1. re: ChiliDude

            Which place using provolone won "Best of the Burbs"?

            1. re: hotdoglover

              Angelo's In King of Prussia...Sorry for responding so late. The provolone is added after the meat has been gently laid in the hoagie roll, and then the cheesesteak is placed in the pizza oven for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt.

            2. re: ChiliDude

              Forget roses or jewelry: When my dh really wants to make me happy if he's been in ORD for business, he'll get me a beef sandwich 'to go'. There's a beef place at both Midway and O'Hare that will wrap up the meat, gravy, peppers and bread in separate travel-safe packs. It's not as good as sidling up to the window at Carm's but pretty darn close. If he throws in a box of Pixie's, Salerno butter cookies and Jay's potato chips: He's man of the year.

            3. pat's uses real meat. It's not that bad. always fresh because there's always a line. Philadelphia is not chicago. $10 is not too much to pay for a good sandwich, get a job.

              1. i ask again - where, instead of pat's?

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                1. re: thew

                  Depending on who you talk to:
                  John's Roast Pork
                  George's @9th and Christian
                  Tony Lukes
                  The First and last also do good Roast Pork with Rabe/Provolone - the "other" Phila Sandwich - also at DiNics

                  1. re: thew

                    Well it depends on your preference of chopped or whole. if you like your meat chopped (like I do), I suggest Jim's. If you like it whole, most will say Steve's.

                    For everyone, it's John's Roast Pork above all imo.

                    And regarding the original post, imagine if someone went on the Chicago board and said "I went to Pizzeria Uno and it was awful. I don't understand the big fuss about Chicago deep dish pizza. Give me Tacconelli's or Marra's any day of the week." I'm sure lots of locals would have plenty to say about the comparison. Pat's is the same way to most of us locals :)