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Jul 14, 2009 10:08 AM

LaSpada's Original Philly Cheesesteak in Orlando

Finally, I have found a place within reasonable distance that serves authentic philly cheesteaks and hoagies. I can't believe it has been so close to me and I just now found it after living in orlando for 5 years. The place is LaSpada's and it is at 1010 Lee Road in the shopping center behind Mcdonlads and Popeye's. My only complaint is that they do not offer cheez whiz as an option,as I do it enjoy it that way every once in a while. They use authentic ammorsa role and even have Herr's potato chips. Apprently they also have a location in Orange City.

Trust me, this little peice of heaven is worth a try. Only open until 5 m-f and 4 on saturday.

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  1. The fact that the cheesesteak on their home page has a green pepper on it makes me believe its going to be horrible, like every other cheesesteak in the state of FL. Because there are NO green peppers or mushrooms on a real cheesesteak. Its bread, meat (preferably thinly sliced ribeye and not chopped up), cheese, and with or without onions; maybe some light sauce. But that's it, period.

    Being a Philly native, of course I'll give it a try. But I can't say my hopes are high for this place.

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    1. re: Corporate_40

      i'm a philly native as well and they don't serve peppers on them unless someone asks. It's an Ammorossa roll, chopped meat, cheese and onion. I hear what you are saying about sliced meat vs. chopped. Each is good to me and arguing is like the age old pat's vs ginos debate. One slices the other chops.

      Now that i think about you might be able to have them keep it sliced. they don't chop it until they put it on the grill for each order so i don't think it will be a big deal.

      1. re: fsupilam33

        If this is a chain in FL, then I can attest to their authenticity. My parents have been going to one near Deltona, FL (I think in DeLand.) They are the best Philly Cheesesteak in FL that my parents (moved from Philly in 1991) have found.

        1. re: TampaAurora

          I'm in Tampa and there's one near me---- in Dunedin I think...

          It's great... Go... Be happy...

          I'm from Jersey and these guys do a real good job...
          Seal of approval? Absolutely...
          Pizzas---- al kinds of stuff...

          1. re: Mild Bill

            Just so you know, MB, they changed their to Delco's. Not sure why, maybe a trademark problem or something. But it has not changed the quality of the cheesesteaks. Still great as ever.

            1. re: RibDog

              Being a cheesesteak lover, and a Philly native, I have raved here often about Colonial Corner in St. Pete. But, I've been told, Delco's in Dunedin is "better"! So I finally had a chance to try Delco's - just yesterday.

              And it's true!!! Delicious beyond all reason. The roll, Amoroso's to be sure, was toasted, which is pretty close to heaven. Bigger portion than Colonial I believe. The cheese? No Whiz for me, but white American (like I used to get from the Jewish deli's in Philly), and make it a "cheesesteak hoagie" which means lettuce, tomato and raw onion.

              Aaahhhh...I may have to move to Dunedin.

              (And yes they are the same group/chain as La Spada's ("same owners - new name" it says)- in fact they still have a store in the Philly area according to the paper takeaway menu).

              By the way, the staff was pleasant and the place was very clean. NO CREDIT CARDS (silly in this day and age but there it is), and like Colonial Corner, you order at the counter, then eat, then go back up to the counter to pay. A little awkward, but that's ok! I'll be back!

              1. re: RibDog

                I've eaten at LaSpada and then at Delco in Dunedin. Nothing changed but the name as far as I can tell but then again I have only been to each once. I know that they get their meat from a different supplier because my cousin use to be their supplier when it was LaSpada's.

                I'll take mine with Steak, Onions & White American Cheese

            2. re: TampaAurora

              it's the same, as they have one in orange city. it seems there are several Laspadas. The one here claims locations in Orlando, Orange City and Charlotte, and fromerly in Chester County and Ft Lauderdale.

              1. re: fsupilam33

                Great tip on LaSpada's. That's right on my way home from work and I'm definitely going to take advantage. Has anyone eaten at Famous Phil's or Cheddar Jack's? Are either of those places worth checking out? Thanks.

                1. re: bizzy_geek

                  not sure what time you get off but they close at 5

                  1. re: bizzy_geek

                    My husband has eaten at Cheddar Jacks and said it wasw really good. He actually has been meaning to take me by there b/c he says I'll really enjoy. There suppose to have great burgers. Looks to be a family run operation and its good to suppot local businesses. Let us know if you check it out and what you think.

          2. Not sure about LaSpada's, Ill check it out some time. but the best philly cheesesteak i had was at Brianto's in Avalon Park owned by these guys from Philly and they do serve cheese whiz with their cheese steaks zomg


            1. If anyone gets over to the East Coast, I can recommend Little Philly's in the Satellite/Cocoa Beach area. He's doing the diced version, onions & cheese (American, Provolone or Whiz). He'll put peppers on it you ask for them, but it's not on the standard sandwich.

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              1. re: cavandre

                In South Florida I've been happy with Big Al's. In Delray and Coconut Creek:


              2. These posts got me craving a cheesesteak, even though I'm going up to Philly in a few weeks. So I tried out Brianto's in Avalon Park. Going in expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprized to see they had Birch Beer availble. But unfortunately, that's where the hightlights ended. The bread was fine, and they had whiz, but the problem here was the meat. My heart sunk when I saw them through the pre-frozen block of what looked like Steak-Um on the flat top. The meat was so tasteless, it completely ruined the sandwich. And its a shame, b/c everything else was passable, but I don't know what places are thinking using crappy, unseasoned meat.

                Its a shame to say that my high school cafeteria used better quality meat, but they did. So yet again, I left an Orlando establishment disappointed, and still searching for something, anything remotely close to a good cheesesteak.

                I'm going to try LaSpada next, hoping that the claimed ribeye is good enough.

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                1. re: Corporate_40

                  Talked a little with the owner/manager at orlando location and they indicated they get all thir products from a supplier in Philly. That's why their meat is so good is what he told me. Let u know what you think when you go

                  1. re: Corporate_40

                    I as well have been getting the cheesesteak cravings after reading all these posts. i went to brianto's this weekend after a source close to me had heard the myth about them flying in amoroso rolls in every morning. you walk in and they've even got the order etiquette on the wall like it's the "soup nazi's" cheesesteak spot. i order my usual, cheesesteak wit and with provolone cheese. one word to describe the sandwich: BOOO! really soft bread that they had to heat up in the oven, cheap cheese, semi raw onions, and meat that tasted like......wait, it didn't taste like anything. i will try laspada now, but after dissapointments at briantos, famous phils, and philly connection, i'm not sure there's hope. i'm just waiting for someone to tell me subway has the best cheesesteak now.

                    1. re: hydro13

                      no need to fly in Amoroso rolls everymorning. you can get them like any other bread. Laspadas has them, you can see the bags when you walk in

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