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Cheesesteaks in DC? Any suggestions?

chitodc Oct 23, 2009 11:15 AM

My work colleagues are going to be throwing a shower for a Philly native. Would love to be able to serve this. In a perfect world we'd be able to find sliders (baby shower), but we'd definitely go for the better tasting/more authentic option. Does Taylor St. do these? We couldn't find them on the menu. Suggestions would be much appreciated!

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    cookie44 Nov 3, 2009 06:43 AM

    I'm in NoVA now but a Philly antive. I agree that I don't think the cheesesteaks will keep well (nice thought though!). Soft pretzels are definitely a good idea, maybe tomato pie (not sure if you can even get that around here actually), hoagies (again, can't recommend a specific place other than Wawa - sad), maybe some Italian water ice - Rita's are all over around here.

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    1. re: cookie44
      Dennis S Nov 3, 2009 10:18 AM

      If possible, I'd love to hear your take on the philly at Jimmy's in Herndon, and a sandwich such as the Hot Sicilian at The Deli, also in Herndon (and there's a Fairfax location - and also not "A Deli" at Worldgate).

      1. re: cookie44
        woodleyparkhound Nov 3, 2009 10:23 AM

        Hey cookie44, have you tried the hoagies from Taylor Gourmet? Good stuff!

        Taylor Gourmet
        1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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        Andrewp75 Oct 30, 2009 10:39 AM

        The best Cheesesteak in the Area is Al's in Del Rey. It is the real deal.

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        1. re: Andrewp75
          DanielK Oct 30, 2009 12:14 PM

          Al's does not have a lot in common with a Philly-style cheesesteak, other than the ingredient list.

          South Street does indeed come the closest to a real Philly joint, says this Philly-born guy. And their Italian Hoagie is pretty good, too, though far inferior to my Philly favorite, Lee's.

          1. re: DanielK
            SoxFan1 Oct 30, 2009 10:23 PM

            The steak in the Al's cheesesteak could not have less flavor if they tried. It "looks" like a great cheesesteak, but I don't buy them to look at them.

        2. ineemeeny Oct 29, 2009 01:33 PM

          Another vote for South Street Steaks in either Gaithersburg or Bethesda. No more College Park location.

          Friends who've lived in Philly say it's the closest thing they've had to the real thing!

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          1. re: ineemeeny
            jac0077 Oct 29, 2009 02:29 PM

            Yep. South Street is the deal. I've had steaks at all the classic Philly joints and South Street in Bethesda does the trick around these parts. Many of the sandwich components are from Philly. One of the key things many spots miss is the roll. South Street doesn't.

            1. re: jac0077
              sharonlouk Oct 29, 2009 07:08 PM

              I love the cheesesteaks there. How are the hoagies? I'm really missing a good hoagie.

              1. re: sharonlouk
                MTP Oct 30, 2009 07:56 AM

                best hoagies are at other spots--mangialardos, a literie, and italian store.

          2. DanielK Oct 23, 2009 10:57 PM

            Cheesesteaks survive about 10 minutes, max, after being made before the sandwich just becomes a soggy mess. I think they only way to do cheesesteaks at a shower is to have the shower where the cheesesteaks are made, whether that's at a restaurant or catered.

            Thing is, by definition, a decent cheesesteak is found at a hole-in-the-wall, not exactly the venue for a shower.

            What about soft pretzels?

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            1. re: DanielK
              dining with doc Oct 24, 2009 03:32 AM

              how about italian hoagies with the soft pretzels

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              MakingSense Oct 23, 2009 09:32 PM

              Here's a detailed description of the cheesesteak at Philadelphia Water Ice Factory on H Street NE. It contains a link to the City Paper review that lists their Top Three.

              This is a really good sandwich. Some say the best in town and the closest to the real thing.
              Just a window out to the street, a few doors down from the Palace of Wonders. It's a block down from Taylor, and around the corner from Horace and Dickie's so we have a hard time deciding up on H Street.
              The cheesesteaks are pretty juicy so you should ask how long they'll hold up. And you might want to make arrangements ahead of time for a big order.

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                WSJ Oct 23, 2009 08:28 PM

                on WAMU they were talking about DC foods and segued into legit cheesesteaks, I don't remember any of them except for Philly Cheesesteak Factory. They make them on Amorosa rolls and have cheese wiz (you have to ask for it though) The one in Georgetown burned up and the only other locations I know of are in Tysons Mall and Duke Street in Alexandria.

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                  dining with doc Oct 23, 2009 06:51 PM

                  I would contact South Street Steaks in Bethesda and see what they would do for you. They have authentic Philly Cheesesteaks served on Amorosa rolls sent in from Philly each day

                  1. woodleyparkhound Oct 23, 2009 11:17 AM

                    JJ's Cheesesteaks at 14th and U has just opened. I haven't been so I can't speak for the quality.

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                    1. re: woodleyparkhound
                      bkoch1975 Oct 29, 2009 11:42 AM

                      I just had a 'build your own' from JJ's. Very very good. I got the cheese steak with L/T/sautéed onions, turkey bacon, black olives, provolone, and hot sauce. Was fairly busy for 2pm. Did not try the fries, however they looked delicious.


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