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Cheesesteaks in NOLA?

spotonjane Sep 24, 2009 05:37 PM

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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    grottolee Oct 7, 2010 06:43 PM

    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
      gastrotect Oct 8, 2010 10:02 AM

      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
        bronwen Oct 8, 2010 11:17 AM

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

        Verti Marte
        1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

        1. re: bronwen
          Jimz Oct 8, 2010 01:58 PM

          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.

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

          1. re: Jimz
            mcegielski Oct 15, 2010 11:00 PM

            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
              kibbles Oct 17, 2010 08:14 AM

              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
                midcity Oct 17, 2010 11:22 AM

                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.

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        Windsome Oct 2, 2009 06:53 AM

        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
          mcegielski Oct 8, 2009 02:32 PM

          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. uptownlibrarian Sep 28, 2009 06:53 AM

          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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            hazelhurst Oct 2, 2009 07:35 AM

            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
              uptownlibrarian Oct 2, 2009 09:05 AM

              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
                hazelhurst Oct 2, 2009 09:54 AM

                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."

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            figndate Sep 26, 2009 05:11 AM

            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.

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              runCP3 Sep 25, 2009 11:18 AM

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

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                gastrotect Sep 25, 2009 06:57 AM

                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
                  N.O.Food Sep 25, 2009 07:39 AM

                  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
                    gastrotect Sep 25, 2009 01:03 PM

                    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
                      Shiloh Sep 25, 2009 01:29 PM

                      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
                        N.O.Food Sep 25, 2009 04:04 PM

                        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
                          hazelhurst Sep 26, 2009 08:22 AM

                          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
                            midcity Sep 26, 2009 10:41 PM

                            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
                              gastrotect Sep 29, 2009 07:21 AM

                              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.

                              1. re: gastrotect
                                midcity Oct 2, 2009 03:41 PM

                                Oh, yeah--mushrooms are awesome!

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                      ichabodsdad Sep 24, 2009 09:15 PM

                      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!

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                        foodmuse Sep 24, 2009 09:09 PM

                        Cafe Nino on Carrollton.

                        1. Bill Hunt Sep 24, 2009 07:30 PM

                          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,


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