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Philly Cheesesteaks in Austin

ericthered May 11, 2012 08:20 AM

Hey all, a co-worker has just told me about a food truck on first street called Phatso's that according to her puts out a honest to god cheesesteak on the imorted Amoroso's bread. Before I spent my limited lunch hour time on a drive to first street, has any of you tried this place and will it be worth the trip. I'm already salivating because I googled it and the ad said they use Cheese Whiz.

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    richardd_x RE: ericthered May 11, 2012 10:03 AM

    I haven't tried that one although I've passed by it. Look forward to what you think of it.

    I have been to the Way South Philly Food Truck a few times - was the real deal. Warm Amaroso Rolls, tasty kakes, no whiz for me (provolone) but they had it. Did not disappoint after not having one for so long. Hmm. Got me thinking now - will have to hit them up over the weekend :)

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      frankcross RE: richardd_x May 11, 2012 06:49 PM

      Best one I've had is at a food truck called WaySouthPhilly, located on the East Side. The guy is actually from Philly

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        TroyTempest RE: frankcross Jun 5, 2012 08:33 AM

        I've never had a Philly Cheese steak in Philly (or anything else for that matter). Now, having got that out of the way, i went to WaySouthPhilly yesterday and had the "Balboa" i think. It was the first one on the board. There were a lot of Rocky and other Philly themed names. I opted for provolone instead of Cheeze Whiz. Anyway, it was really good. Good bread, tasty, juicy meat, grilled onions. I'll be going back.

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      The Tres Leches RE: ericthered May 12, 2012 08:15 PM

      I've been to Phatso's and Way South Philly. They both use Amarosa's bread and both have the choice of provolone or Cheese Wiz.

      That said, I've enjoyed Way South Philly more than Phatso's.

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        mpeas RE: ericthered May 23, 2012 05:27 PM

        Wholly Cow on South Lamar has a philly cheesesteak. I heard it was pretty good, less traditional, but has a lot of their delicious grassfed beef. And if you ask for it trashy you get grilled onions, jalapeƱos, and mushrooms.

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          saeyedoc RE: ericthered May 25, 2012 10:22 AM

          If you ever get down to San Antonio, check out Youz Guzy on Pat Booker road, the owner worked at Gino's. Amoroso's, Tastykakes and water ice. Great cheesesteaks.

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            knightro98 RE: ericthered May 27, 2012 11:27 PM

            Way South Philly. End thread.

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              jcattles RE: knightro98 Sep 14, 2012 08:27 AM


              I ate there a couple of weeks ago when we were visiting Austin & am now craving it bad. Time to go back.

            2. popvulture RE: ericthered May 28, 2012 01:09 PM

              Texadelphia! Just kidding.

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                brentwood RE: ericthered May 28, 2012 07:05 PM

                I feel like every time this subject comes up, I put in a mention for Hog Island Deli. I promise I'm not affiliated with them, they just serve very good food. Check them out if you get a chance.

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                  shalom9 RE: brentwood Jun 2, 2012 11:56 AM

                  I completely agree!! I love Hog Island's cheesesteaks. They are really delicious, and the service is always super friendly.

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                    topodrinko RE: shalom9 Sep 13, 2012 07:41 AM

                    Hog Island Deli is closed even though the website seems to indicate otherwise.

                    I go to Delware subs for cheesesteaks, sometimes I get the hot and sweet peppers and no ketchup. Comes on an Amaroso roll and white american cheese. Not authentic, I'm sure, but hits the spot.

                    Worked at Texadephia as a teenage as my first job! i can appreciate it as delicious meat+cheese+onion+bread combo. nostalgia might have something to do with it too. Their salsa is laughable (jarred Pace picante mixed with green onions, cilantro, bell pepper mix)

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                  surffink RE: ericthered Sep 12, 2012 05:59 PM

                  Phatso's Cheesesteaks is the truth!!!

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                    amysuehere RE: surffink Sep 13, 2012 02:50 PM

                    I hate to say it but I was really unimpressed with Phatso's. Of course, I have never tasted the "real deal", so all I can say is I expected more-better.

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                      TroyTempest RE: amysuehere Sep 13, 2012 05:12 PM

                      I wouldn't know, but maybe the original isn't such a big deal.

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                    duncanmcgeachy RE: ericthered Sep 24, 2012 01:37 PM

                    Way South Philly are the best I've found in Texas. (Trailer next to Cheer up Charlie's) Authentic rolls, cheese whiz or provolone and they have tater tots!!

                    1. TroyTempest RE: ericthered Oct 24, 2012 12:47 PM

                      If you want to try Phatso's, there is a groupon today for half off, (sort of)
                      Choose Between Two Options

                      $10 for two sandwiches with cheese and one topping (up to a $15 value), two orders of fries (a $3 value), and two sodas (a $3 value; up to a $21 total value)
                      $20 for four sandwiches with cheese and one topping (up to a $30 value), four orders of fries (a $6 value), and four sodas (a $6 value; up to a $42 total value)

                      Once again never been there, can't vouch for them, but it looks like a good deal. As with all groupons, read the fine print.


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