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Apr 27, 2011 06:30 PM

missing cheesesteak

Friends are hosting a Seattle "cheesesteak challenge" and have arranged for transport of cheesesteaks from
-The Original Philly's
-Philly Fevre
-Hey Paison!
Since we are hauling the sandwiches to West Seattle, the eastside is probably out, but please let us know if there's a local cheesesteak we missed...
thank you

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  1. I haven't tried them yet, but Philly Boys Cheesesteaks is getting a lot of good buzz lately. It's a food truck that parks on Fourth Avenue South in SoDo. Here's Nancy Leson's take:

    Please do post your findings!!

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    1. re: MsMaryMc

      Had it yesterday. Both the sandwich and the cheese fries were outstanding! Best I've had in Seattle, at least since Renee was manning the grill at Philadelphia Fevre.

    2. I'm about to move to West Seattle and was checking out the neighborhood recently - noticed a cheesesteak place on California Ave just north of Genesee called Johnny Boston's.

      I know the Swinery has from time to time served a cheesesteak as well. Can't speak to either one personally.

      The Swinery
      3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

      1. West seattle resident here... Check out Johnny Boston's just north of the fish market on California. I'm not a cheesesteak connoiseur, but been there twice and I like their sammiches.

        1. Any word on the findings from the taste test?

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          1. re: WikiAdam

            The Original Philly's (Rainier Valley)
            -Tat's Delicatessen (Pioneer Square)
            -Calozzi's Cheesesteaks (Pioneer Square)
            -Philly Fevre Steak & Hoagie Shop (CD/Cap Hill)
            -Blue Heron

            > Consensus winners were Tat's, Original Philly's, and dark horse Blue Heron:
            > Truly, they were a lot alike, and all suffered from cooling in transit. The Blue Heron entry had a tangy mustard kick that was a nice touch.

            Blue Heron
            4001 Gilman Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

            1. re: mrnelso

              Mustard on cheesesteak? I can't even imagine!

              1. re: mrnelso

                I wish you'd included Hey Paison!. I think they're a cut above the other cheesesteaks (a little pricier though. ) I'll agree that most are similar though.

                My rankings:
                1. Hey Paison!
                2. Calozzi's
                3. Tat's
                4. The Original Philly's
                5. Philly Fevre
                6. Philly Boys ( although improved greatly with hot sauce)
                7. Grinders (not really a cheesesteak, and waaaay below the rest)

                Hey Paison
                641 SW 152ND St, Burien, WA

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  Paison was closed that day.
                  However, I got to Philly Boys next day. It'd probably have tied with the others - Not a big field here, though it won big from being hot-off-the-grill.
                  Sorry about the mustard thing, but I needed the break...

                2. re: mrnelso

                  Hey, mrnelso:

                  Got to try Blue Heron last week for a cheesesteak. Really nice people, plain but nice eating spot (smells outrageously good), nice lunch menu. But if this place is the darkhorse, Seattle is a carbon black environment for cheesesteak. Mounds of shredded lettuce and tomato on a cheesesteak? I mean, it was a good sandwich, but I'm not sure I'd call it cheesesteak. I'm not sure what I'd call it.

                  My baseline has always been Renee's work at Philly Fevre. I know she's long gone, but who's coming closest to this these days?


                  PS I still dream of Renee's mixed-pepper, mushroom cheesesteak. Dang.

                  Blue Heron
                  4001 Gilman Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    My own conclusion from that test was that Seattle is not the place for cheesesteak, or maybe cheesesteak is just not the sandwich for me.

                    1. re: mrnelso

                      Seriously, check out Hey Paison before you make that call... It may be my top sandwich in Seattle.

                      Hey Paison
                      641 SW 152ND St, Burien, WA

                        1. re: GreenYoshi

                          +1 for Hey Paison! I don't go in much for the cheesesteaks, but the grinders and hot meatball sub are Soooo good, and they are really nice people.

                          This is the destination after going to the Burien KC library (best library branch on West Seattle penninsula - and incidentally - has a great cookbook section!

                3. Surprisingly good cheesesteak at Vito's on Madison. Wasn't expecting much, but tasty meat on a fresh Central bakery roll, less authentic than others but really good (and at Happy Hour, it's only $5 or $6...)