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Aug 22, 2009 04:02 PM

Uncle Philly's Cheesesteak Hot Dogs - Sausage - Burgers Old Bridge NJ

Not fine dining but lots of people on this board enjoy simple pleasures.

Opening in a few weeks at the corner of Rt 79/Rt 516.
There is a big sign in the window.
Let us know if anyone sees this open.

Found this is because next door a new Ice Cream store just opened, Brain Freeze.
They have been there 1 week, all homemade ice cream, nice people, you can taste as much as you like. Yummy!

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  1. It mentions "Uncle Philly's Famous Cheese Steaks" Is this a chain or what?

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    1. re: eleeper

      Could not locate anything on the Internet to confirm or deny....

      1. re: shabbystorm

        Went to try this yesterday as my pregnant wife was looking for a new cheeseburger in town to try. I ended up walking out as the same guy who was handling all of the raw meat was also making the completed sandwiches. I alerted the owner so hopefully they change their ways.

        1. re: Randol

          So they are open now? We drove by a few days ago and from the road, the place still looked like they were under construction.

          1. re: coldsolderjoint

            They are indeed open! My GF and I went tonight. I didn't see any meat handling issues. Maybe last night the guy just made a bad mistake.

            I will be going back to try the Italian hot dog and sausage sandwich.

            1. re: coldsolderjoint

              I just got done trying a single sausage. It was ok. I wish they'd have a choice of hot or sweet sausage, but the only have sweet. I asked for no peppers, but when I got home, there were peppers. I'll try the hot dog next time. I had a hot dog from Hot Dog Bob's in Keyport yesterday, so I just wanted to check out Uncle Philly's sausage. At least now with Uncle Philly's if I want an IHD for dinner, I can get one, since they're open till 9:30.

      2. re: eleeper

        First of all they call it famous, but Google seems to know only about this one and it has only been there a few months. I think it is still having its "Grand Opening." Not too grand since it was the dinner hour and there were no obvious signs that they had gotten any other customers this week.

        The cheesesteak comes with onions (I verified this after not getting any in the first half of the sandwich) dripping onto the paper plate a puddle of cholesterol and saturated fat, which I think is really de rigeur for a cheesesteak. A really good cheesesteak is about 1/20 the way to a coronary. A cheesesteak is $5.95 with fried onions and choice of cheese. The choices are--get this--Provolone, Swiss, Amercan (not really a cheese but a cheese food), and Cheez Whiz (not really even a cheese food and perhaps not even a food). Incidentally the menu misspells it "Cheese" Whiz. Mushrooms (or peppers or extra cheese) are a dollar extra, so it was $7.43 with tax. I declined a $1.90 fountain soda (refills free). Yesterday at Costco I got a fountain soda (refills free) and a Hebrew National hot dog and sauerkraut. At Costco that whole thing cost $1.50. Maybe it was $1.60 with tax. That was a whole meal (or would have been if I could have resisted the pizza.) The entertainment was a loud TV blaring an ad for a female contraceptive.

        Overall I would say one visit was enough for me. I guess the cheesesteak was decent after its kind. But I think I am more of a DA Subs kind of guy.

        1. re: Mark Leeper

          I finally got around to trying the hot dog a month or so ago. I have no idea what hot dogs they use, but I don't recall ever eating one in my 50+ years of age that tasted like this hot dog & I don't mean in a good way. I drive past there pretty often & there's very rarely anyone in the place, so I don't think it'll last very long.

          1. re: Mark Leeper

            Mark, Cheez Whiz is the classic topping on a Philly Cheesesteak. Not that I disagree with your characterization of it, but it would be an oversight to exclude it from the choices.

            And American is just a version of cheddar.

            1. re: cantkick

              "And American is just a version of cheddar"

              I'd have to disagree with you.

              1. re: Tay

                I googled it to check. I stand corrected.

                1. re: cantkick

                  Drove past Uncle Philly's yesterday. Looks like it's been sold. Sign now says Cheesesteak factory. That certainly didn't last long.

                  1. re: Jerzeegirl

                    Jeez, they renamed it without asking ME. I would have suggested they extend their menu just a bit and call it "Cheesequake Cheesesteak and Cheesecake."

                    1. re: Mark Leeper

                      Funny you mention that. When I was a kid, my parents & their friends who came over from Europe had a hard time pronouncing Cheesequake, so they'd always say we're going to Cheesecake park. Imagine the look of disappointment on my 5 year old face when I found out it there wasn't a single cheesecake in Cheesecake Park. I also wonder if anyone associated with the Cheesecake factory saw that sign.

                      1. re: Jerzeegirl

                        Regarding the new name, the guys who own paco's taco's bought it. The place looks the same (heard they are eventually going to do a retro diner theme) Whatever, I'm not a guy who cares about decor. , but the food and menu has gotten much much better. These steaks now out do quite a few of the big names in Philly.

                        I've been back twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. They use amoroso rolls and the fries taste just like 5 guys.

                        They got a website up with the menu on it.

                        Also a couple coupons up there.

                        Some interesting hotdogs as well.

                        The second time I went, the younger manager gave me a small sample of the chilli, and its really good. Sweet and meaty.

                        1. re: coldsolderjoint

                          Thanks for thegood review. I checked out the menu & may give it a try one night on my way home from work.

                          1. re: Jerzeegirl

                            The hot dog is a Vienna Beef from Chicago.

                            1. re: hotdoglover

                              I went today to sample their hot dog. I ordered one plain and put mustard on it. What was advertised as a quarter pounder was much smaller; closer to 6 to a lb. It was a Vienna Beef dog that was boiled. Served hot enough on a quality Amoroso roll, the dog had a gray color. Although it tasted ok, it should not have been gray. Either old or left in the water too long. Not recommended.

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              1. Took the family out for a quick dinner after I got home from the office Friday. Major thumbs up. Great Cheesesteak and fresh cut fries. Really solid and good. I am a firm believer in doing doing 1 or 2 things really well and in this case the Cheesesteak factory succeeds with it's steaks and fries. That said my daughter had a hot dog and while it had potential it suffered from being in the water too long and had that sick gray color. My son had a kids burger which was good for a kid. My wife enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich. I thought it was good but I make better bbq. Overall great good quality fast food. Oh and one more thing, everything came out piping hot and was freshly made to order and came out at the same time. It was pretty busy but they had their act together, high marks given that this is a new place or at least new owners I think.

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                1. re: angelo04

                  Too bad that they do everything right except the hot dogs! I asked the kid working there about the gray color and was told that is what they normally look like. I wasn't going to argue with him since I doubt that he ever saw a Vienna Beef dog that was properly prepared before. But that isn't what it's supposed to look like. I've had this dog before and my friend from Vienna Beef told me that they didn't suddenly change the formula for Vienna Beef. Some hot dogs do have this odd color, but it's from being nitrate free.

                  As you said, this dog has potential. Hopefully the owners will learn to get it right.

                  1. re: hotdoglover

                    Maybe you need to get there right when they open for a good dog that hasn't been bathing in boiled water for so long.

                    1. re: angelo04

                      No, maybe they should learn to prepare their dogs properly so I don't have to get there at a specific time. They should cater to the customer, not the other way around. I mentioned in a previous post (that was deleted) that my friend from Vienna Beef said that the gray color was probably from being in boiling water that is too hot. Hot dogs should be simmered in hot water and not boiled. Since the dog tasted ok, it was probably not old or stale. If you leave a dog in water too long, even if it isn't boiled, it will turn gray, lose flavor and snap.

                      1. re: hotdoglover

                        Plenty of places cook their dogs to order. It doesn't take that long to properly prepare a hot dog so it's served fresh and hot. Theres no reason to have to make them ahead of time except to save the work of doing each one when ordered. I don't suppose they cook the cheesesteaks ahead of time and leave them sitting around till ordered.

                        1. re: Bossa_Nova

                          Then the only choices are, don't order the dog's here, don't go, or stick to the cheese steaks and fries.

                          1. re: angelo04

                            How about another choice: insisting that they take a minimum of time to properly prepare their hot dogs? After all, it takes a lot more work to prepare a cheesesteak than a hot dog. Or how about this choice: if you can't or won't take the care to prepare a hot dog correctly, then don't offer it. A shame that a place serving a frank that is unavailable elsewhere in the state does such a lousy job serving it. If they can't get the hot dog right, why should I try anything else they offer? Too bad because when I heard that they served a Vienna Beef frank, I had high hopes of bringing 2 bus loads of hot dog lovers there.

                            1. re: hotdoglover

                              One other thing. They advertise hot dogs that are 1/4 lb and 1/2 lb. I ordered the 1/4 lb. It was much smaller. About 6/1. At least they charged me less than what the menu stated for a 1/4. They should clear this up as well.