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Oct 4, 2009 03:36 PM

Super Duper Weenie

Is another of the "Dives" featured on that Food Network show and at which as a result, I am sorry to report, wait times are truly onerous. However, on to the chow. The hot dogs are very good and I have no quarrel with them. I am instead writing to critique (ok, criticize) the cheese steak sandwich.

It's not like Philly, nothing is and that's not my beef, no pun. I just think that the addition of 15 or 20 enormous, stringy pieces of undercooked onions did nothing to improve the sandwich. Likewise, the use of Mayonaise as the sauce for the sandwich is, I suppose, ok if you're a mayo lover, sort of ok if you're indifferent and not at all ok if you want something that actually resembles a steak sandwich. Between the onions and especially the mayo, the sandwich is a disaster, it falls apart tragically, it can't be eaten in a car at all, certainly not a moving one:) .

Thing is, other than the above points, the sandwich tasted great. How about an option to get american cheese instead of mayo, and maybe chop the onions up and cook 'em more and maybe offer peppers and 'shrooms also.

The place is a complete money-machine, btw. Total cash cow. I am envious of the traffic and the margins.

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      1. Pat's in Philly sells it with a choice of Cheez Whiz, Provolone, American cheese (gawd, how can you call that CHEESE?), and Swiss. Geno's, I think, offers Provolone and American.

      2. Jfood would have preferred to read your positive review of the hot dogs and just a side note on the Philly Cheese Steak, but heh, he tries to post on the positive side. BTW, Gary named them a Phairfield, not a Philly sandwich. And the line has been long even before Guy showed up. And he is not hiding the mayo...look at the menu..."Phairfield Cheese Steak - Sliced Steak, Grilled Onions & Cheese, Mayo." Don't want Mayo then ask them to exclude. Jfood likes mayo on his cheesies.

        The beauty of a cheese steak is the messiness that needs to be conquered. In Philadelphia one must assume "the position" to neatly eat this marvel. The"position" is similar to what the police ask potential criminals. It assumes feet planted and spread about two feet apart, there is a slight bend at the waist so you are leaning forward, head is cocked at a 45 degree angle downward and then the sandwich is brought up to the lips. Any drips should land on the sidealk about one foot in front of the toes. Criticizing a Phairfiled because you cannot eat it while driving deserves no comment. Now chopped onions? Are you kidding. Chopped onions on a sandwich is an invention of McDonalds. No self respecting Philly/Phairfiled maker would even consider that change. Jfood hopes Gary would show that person the door asking for chopped onions on a Philly.

        And jfood would not recommend eating any of SDW hot dogs while driving either. They are chuck full of great toppings, they do not chintz out on these. Jfood views the non-ability to eat any of the SDW offerings while driving a positive, not a negative.

        And the sandwich does come with cheese so what is the point of the American Cheese comment? It's there. And jfood recommends that you read the history of the Philly version. It actually started without cheese. Here's a great link.

        Take a look at the picture of Pat's at the bottom. Pat's is considered one of the Big-2 and there is no way one would eat that while driving.

        Jfood wholeheartedly disagrees recommends Super Duper Weenie as part of his Big-5 of great Hot Dogs in FFD County.

        Super Duper Weenie
        306 Black Rock Tpke, Fairfield, CT 06825

        6 Replies
        1. re: jfood

          Huh? Chopped onions are an integral part of a Philly Steak...almost as important as the steak itself.

          Have not tried the Phairfield Steak, but I'm sure it's great, if not authentic. The Chicagoan at SDW is not an "authentic" Chicago Hot Dog, but it's great just the same.

          Also, not to get too off-topic, but Pat's and Geno's are like the Burger King and McDonald's of Philly Cheeseteaks. To reference them as the definitive versions is doing the city of Philadelphia a disservice.

          Great description of the eating style jfood. Very funny stuff.

          1. re: CTburgerlover

            it was the word "chopped". Jfood loves the strands of onions and would never consider a cheesesteak without them, even when he brings them on the plane.

            1. re: jfood

              All the great places I've been to chop 'em...Dalessandro's, Mama's, Jim's. Even Pat's hacks 'em up.

              1. re: CTburgerlover

                They get hacked into the meat at some places. Jfood assumed SA meant he wanted chopped onions thrown on the gril a la White Castle

          2. re: jfood

            Super's cheesesteaks are prepared just the way I like: american cheese, mayo, lots of onions, and a great roll that isn't chewy.

            And I would submit that any cheesesteak that could be eaten while driving (or while sitting down without 20 napkins handy) is not a good cheesesteak!

            1. re: foleyd7

              TY foley, jfood also likes a tad of heinz 57 as well. And jfood has mastered the cheesesteak on the plane, 10 tries to get the process down pat.