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Cheesesteaks in NOLA?

Hi everyone. My girlfriend just moved to town and has been recently crazing cheesesteaks. We are located uptown but are willing to travel for anything special. Thanks in advance for any ideas

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  1. If my feeble memory serves, there was a cheesesteak spot out on Vets Hwy. Seems that it was near Clearview, Lakeside and West of Cleary. Did not dine there, as I am not a big cheesesteak fan, even in Philly.

    Hope someone else can give you better recs. as mine is very fuzzy now, and it's not the wine....

    Good luck,

    Hunt

    1. Cafe Nino on Carrollton.

      1. There is a place on the Westbank expressway called Philly Cheesesteak in the shopping mall with the Winn Dixie at the entrance to West Jeff Hospital. Not Philly quality, but they make them on the flat-top while you watch. A little greasy, but not bad. Also, New City Dinner on Causeway near the interstate has a philly cheesteak on the menu. Haven't tried it, the big breakfast is to good to pass up, but I asked the waitress; she said she is from Philadelphia and it was pretty close. She said they use the white deli cheese and that is a good sign. Good luck!

        1. I've heard Stein's serves up a decent cheesesteak. I haven't been yet, but want to as I also crave cheeseteaks every now and then. Especially when I'm watching Eagles games.

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          1. re: gastrotect

            I bet you needed a cheesesteak after last Sunday's game!!! LOL!!! I can't say cause I've never been there, but I've heard that Mr. Chubby's on Bourbon makes a good, authentic cheesesteak. From the few things that are online, it looks like the owners are from Philly. I've been meaning to go there for a while, but I haven't been on Bourbon in forever.

            1. re: N.O.Food

              Haha. I was actually in Houston last weekend with my girlfriend. The game wasn't readily available on TV and I was pretty pissed. In retrospect it was probably a good thing I didn't watch the game. A cheesteak would have been nice. But we made sesame crusted pan-seared tuna and if I do say so myself, it was pretty good, so I made do.

              I'll have to check out that spot out. I might find myself on Bourbon this weekend (or at least in the Quarter) since an out of town friend will be here.

              1. re: N.O.Food

                i've been to mr. chubby's a couple times. i think it's pretty good. i've never had an authentic philly cheesesteak to compare, but it was tasty (after i added some salt and pepper and a few cherry peppers from the big jar they keep with the condiments). but, yes, the owner and his father (who is sometimes working) are from philly and get most of their ingredients, including the bread, shipped in. my only complain is that the meat wasn't cooked to order on the flattop like i've seen it done in philly (on tv). instead it's in a little metal tray already cooked and scooped out and warmed on the flattop. maybe it's not always like this. maybe when they're really busy they start cooking on the flattop. (they say they start really hummin at around 2 am on the weekends when the strippers start getting off work.) when i've gone it's been lunch time during the week.

                1. re: Shiloh

                  Cool. Thanks for the report. Like you, I wouldn't know a real philly from an imposter. I'm willing to learn though. Someone describe a "real" philly cheesesteak, please.

                  1. re: N.O.Food

                    Oh boy...here we go! I've had them in Philly and know enough to leave this to the pros.

                    1. re: N.O.Food

                      Wow--I'm from eastern PA and not sure even I want to touch this one, but I'll give it a try. For me to consider a sandwich to be a worthwhile cheesesteak, it should have white cheese [american, mild provolone or mozz--NOT cheese whiz or any other orange substance], very thin-shaved meat, and a liberal helping of onions and peppers. Tomato sauce would be optional, but it should be available and it should be good. A bona fide cheesesteak restaurant should also have an "in the garden" option. And the roll's important. It shouldn't be tough, but it should be a little chewy--a good Northeast-style Italian hoagie roll. Personally, I the only rolls I've found in NOLA that approach this style are the rolls that Stein's uses for its hoagies, but I don't think Stein's has a cheesesteak on its menu.

                      1. re: midcity

                        I'm with you most of the way, but I love my Whiz when it come to cheesesteaks (and only cheesesteaks). "Mushroom steak whiz wit" is my Pat's standby when I go home. Though in truth I have no problem with a good helping of white cheese. I also love mushrooms. Onions are a must. And since I'm a Pat's man I like my steak very thin and chopped up.

              2. There's a Steak Escape chain in the food court of Lakeside Mall and the Riverwalk Mall.

                1. I really like the cheesesteak from Favori deli on Maple and Cherokee, but I always tweak it by getting it on white bread with no peppers. The meat is great, though, so the original preparation will also be good.

                  1. Do you ever go to Baton Rouge? There's a place called South of Philly on Sherwood Forest that's supposed to be good - I've never been though, so can't speak from experience. The owners are from Philadelphia I think. I can't find a website, but there are reviews on urbanspoon.

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                    1. re: uptownlibrarian

                      A Philadelphia friend--we're talking about someone who grew up out by Drexel Hill--had the Br version some time ago. More accurately, he had a bite of one. He was prepared to be unimpressed and was. The fault, as almost always with sandwiches, lies in the bread but I think he thought the cheese, which should be white American, was wrong. I wasn;t there but when I pressed him on it later he said that it might be a good sandwich if you;d never had a real cheeseteak.

                      I tend to agree that the venue is all wrong...

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        As I said, I've never been there, so I probably shouldn't have brought it up. I think I remember reading that they use provolone or cheez whiz.

                        By "venue," do you mean the entire rest of the country outside about ten square blocks in Philadelphia?

                        1. re: uptownlibrarian

                          You are on the right track...my sources are not devotees of the Downtown Wars..they insist the Real Thing lives (now) in the suburbs...but yes, beyond the environs of Philly, the consensus is "forget it."

                    2. Forget cheesesteaks. I love 'em too, but N.O. ain't the venue for them. Get hooked on poor boys instead. Go to Domilise's.

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                      1. re: Windsome

                        Although they are nowhere close to PHILLY cheese steak's along the lines of Campo's, Dalessandro's, Tony Luke's, Sonny's Famous, or even WHite House in Atlantic City, two decent one's in New Orleans are the LOOTER PHILLY at Cooter Brown's and the CheeseSteaks at Cafe' Nino on Carrolton are both good sandwiches.....

                      2. Pompeii Pizzeria by the WWII museum has a true authentic philly cheesesteak. They use Amaroso rolls shipped from Philly, and they have Cheez Whiz if thats how you like it. They deliver too. Their menu is at pompeiipizzeria.com

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                        1. re: grottolee

                          Ah, this is great news. I don't work too far from there and crave a cheesesteak from time to time. I will definitely check them out.

                          1. re: gastrotect

                            If Verti Marte has reopened after the fire, they do a Philly Cheesesteak Po'Boy!

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                            Verti Marte
                            1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

                            1. re: bronwen

                              Cafe Nino on Carrollton, is very good. Nino does all his own cooking and takes a lot of pride in it. I thick he makes the best pizza in town. Plus his steam table puts out great Italian dishes. He is from Sicily. The place is not that great looking but the food is. It is next to Lebanon Cafe, set back a little from the street in the Riverbend section. Give it a try and you will be back. As a transplanted yankee of 33yrs, it is just like the Italian Delis I grew up with.

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                              Cafe Nino
                              1510 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                              1. re: Jimz

                                Nino is great. He had two types of pies last time I was there. New York and thick Sicilian. He is also a true character.

                                I am pumped to hit this Pompeii by WWII.

                                Does Stein's does a cheesesteak? Yes? Thought I heard they did. Has anyone had it?

                                1. re: mcegielski

                                  Pompeii didn't do it for me when I tried em after they opened. the pizza was cooked on a conveyor belt oven, not a real oven. boo.

                                  1. re: mcegielski

                                    Stein's does cheesesteaks on Tuesdays only, as far as I know. I keep wanting to try one, but I'm just never hungry at the right time--"Tuesday" doesn't say "cheesesteak" to me, it's more of a weekend/late-night thing in my book.