Presentable/Comfortable place for a cheesesteak/hoagie?
So I've had my fair share of cheesesteaks since moving to Philly, but it seems the best ones are always the least presentable - John's R P is in a shack in the middle of nowhere; Dallesandro's is the size of a closet; Sarcone's has all of three chairs; Chickie's is take-out only; Jim's on south street has more frat boys than a kegger etc etc...
And these are fine if I'm with friends my age, but if I'd like to show visiting friends/family a good cheesesteak is there anywhere that fits? There's no need for tails and a maitre d' of course but isn't there anything in between Le Bec Fin and sitting on a splintered wooden bench in the rain?
My one idea was DiNic's at Reading Terminal Market, and maybe the new Paesano's in Center City whenever it opens.
I know cheesesteaks have been talked to death on these forums but hopefully this is a new take. Thanks for your ideas and suggestions!
Depending on when you go - Mike's Steaks downstairs at the Comcast Center is a good option and does a good steak. Plus there are plenty of other options in the food offerings there - Plus you can grab your food on Saturdays and watch the video screen at the little tables they set up in the lobby - the food court is not open on Sundays though.
The best "respectable/presentable" cheesesteak shops are mostly found in the suburbs. In Delaware County, I'd go to the Thunderbird in Broomall or La Forno in Media. The new Pudge's in Blue Bell has a nice seating area. Big John's in Cherry Hill has a decent seating area.
Tony Jr.'s on 18th near Sansom only has a few seats, but they're usually empty and make a great Whiz Wit. And you can help yourself to all the whole hot peppers your GI tract can handle.
Also, I second the RIck's @ the Bellevue idea.
And, no, DiNic's does not make cheesesteaks, but for my $$ I'd take a DiNic's pulled pork (or brisket) with sharp provolone and greens over a cheesesteak any day.
Rick's is good.
Sonny's is Old City is pretty good and has a nice seating area. You order at the counter and go get them yourself when they are ready, but it is spacious and pleasant.
The new Paesano's might be ok (it's at the Italian Market, not CC) but I would expect it to be pretty crowded, especially soon after it opens. It's a lot bigger than the old one, but still not that big.
I don't see a problem with Jim's if you go for lunch, when it is not insanely crowded. It is usually pretty clean and has the Philly 'tude.