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Louie & Johnny's Cheesesteak and Clam Bar - Eastchester

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jhopp217 Feb 1, 2012 12:53 PM

Finally made it there for lunch. Ordered a large cheesesteak. oh wait, no I didn't. I ordered a steak sandwich, because cheese and toppings are extra. So I got mine with sauteed onions and provolone. The guy talked me into a small, explaining it's a lot of food. I also ordered an order of their Johnnie fries - thick cut fries topped with melted cheddar, diced red onion, bacon and ranch dressing, $14,.50 for lunch.

My initial assessment is that the sandwich is too small to pay $9.50 for. If not for the fries, I would have still been hungry. The meat is too lean and I highly doubt it's rib eye. There was absolutely no seasoning to either the meat or the onions. The sandwich was just bite after bite of blah. Even after doctoring it with salt and pepper this couldn't be saved.

The fries were a pile of much. Soggy and bland. Once again a nice sprinkle of salt would have done wonders. There was maybe a pinch of bacon distributed throughout and even less onion. That was plenty compared to the ranch dressing of which there was none. There was cheese however, melted directly over the middle, touching about 20-25% of the fries.

Not good when you have something in your title and you're the fifth best steak sandwich in the area. The flat iron steaks at Piper's Kilt and The New Quarry are much better and a few dollars less. The sirloin sandwich at Stephen's Green is far superior, as is the steak torta at Burrito Poblano.

I must admit, I was never a fan of their Italian fare in the Yonkers locations and this was right about on the same level. I wish I could blame this on the place being packed, but unfortunately it was empty. I have a feeling it's going to stay that way.

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    3XBigGuy Feb 14, 2012 08:09 AM

    The Best Philly Cheese steak both flavor and value in that area is Gordys Burger House in the Chester Heights section of Eastchester. There burgers are top shelf also

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      jhopp217 Feb 14, 2012 10:06 PM

      I have a personal problem with Gordy's and wont go in there, but that being said, they did have good food when I was there last. Never had their Philly Cheese Steaks, but have had a steak there that was very good and not to expensive. As for the Burgers...I live near the Kilt, so i'm not about to go somewhere to settle when I can fall out of bed and have the best . I don't remember their burgers being anything to write home about.

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        rgny Feb 15, 2012 07:10 AM

        Does Gordy's serve beer or is it strictly sodas? I can't tell from their ads

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          jhopp217 Feb 15, 2012 10:11 AM

          Unless something changed, they've always had a full bar

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        rich51 Feb 3, 2012 03:31 PM

        Somehow just the combination of things they are "boasting of" in their name - both cheesteaks and clambar are a warning to me that they cannot be dedicated enough to either product to be very good, there is a chinese/mexican restaurant in wp, and while i have heard of some in the city, i would not have much faith in this combination in this area

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          jhopp217 Feb 3, 2012 11:14 PM

          With the lack of customers from my first visit and frequent times passing by, I'd be worried about trying the seafood aspect of it. My biggest issue with any new place in the area is very simple "Can you do it better than a place that is already here?" If you are making your name cheesesteaks....make sure they are better than places in walking distance.

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            rich51 Feb 4, 2012 11:53 AM

            jhopp217- but can the other place make you a cheesesteak WITH clams on it?, maybe they plan to beat the competition with lower prices (?)

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              jhopp217 Feb 14, 2012 10:01 PM

              I hope not about the clams, haha. Actually their prices are ridiculous and the cheese steaks are actually ala carte...you have to pay extra for cheese!!!!!

        2. roxlet Feb 2, 2012 06:20 AM

          I haven't noticed this place. Where exactly is it?

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            chowdom Feb 2, 2012 08:15 AM

            Roxlet maybe this thread will jog your memory

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/815753
            EDIT: were you referring to Larchmont Tavern?

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              cubanat Feb 2, 2012 01:08 PM

              Must be Larchmont Tavern: on Chatsworth across from that new bank just before you hit the tracks on the left hand side coming from Boston Post Road. Parking and even scoring a seat can be hard so get there early or late (before 6 or after 8:30pm)...they do serve lunch but close for break in middle of day like 2pm to 4:30 or something like that...

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                chowdom Feb 2, 2012 03:13 PM

                Thanks cubanat, although I haven't eaten there in a while I do remember how heinous the parking situation is. Makes me crazy each time I drive by (always on my way to someplace else) only to see an available parking space.

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                roxlet Feb 2, 2012 01:37 PM

                Oh, how funny! I guess I saw it once driving by, and never noticed it again, and it slipped my mind!

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                  chowdom Feb 2, 2012 03:34 PM

                  So comforting to know others experience "forgetful moments" lol

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                jhopp217 Feb 2, 2012 01:09 PM

                Directly across from Town Hall where the kosher deli was very briefly.

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                cubanat Feb 1, 2012 02:01 PM

                all are inferior to the balboa at larchmont tavern. heaven jhopp! heaven!! sit at bar if you can and devour

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                  jhopp217 Feb 1, 2012 04:43 PM

                  Thanks for the tip. I will definitely try it.

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