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Best Vegetarian Cheesesteak in Philly?

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mahuntington Sep 5, 2012 08:10 PM

Thoughts?

I hear Govida's has a good chicken cheese steak.

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    cwdonald RE: mahuntington Sep 6, 2012 04:10 AM

    What is your definition of vegetarian? Non beef? Made with some meat substitute? Or using vegetables instead of the meat? Does the cheese need to be real cheese?

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      barryg RE: mahuntington Sep 6, 2012 05:17 AM

      I'm not veg but I tried Govinda's "chicken" cheesesteak and it was atrocious because they use horrible bread, like Cisco hoagie rolls or something on that level. Since bread is the most important element in a cheesesteak it is pathetic for a veg place to get this wrong. I found out afterwards that the guy who recommended it to me orders this "cheesesteak" as a wrap. I've eaten a lot of things at Govinda's in general and found the quality of ingredients to be garbage. Frozen overcooked vegetables, cheap cheese, etc. I realize it's fast food and stuff vegetarians can't usually eat, but lots of non-veg places make great vegetarian sandwiches with good ingredients for similar prices.

      Personally if you want something hot and cheesy I would get an eggplant parm sandwich from any pizza shop. It's going to be better than any veg cheesesteak. Also check out the vegetarian sandwiches at Paesano's.

      1. RC51Mike RE: mahuntington Sep 6, 2012 05:24 AM

        Hollyeats.com mentions a veggie hoagie from Chickie's Deli using Sarcone's bread. Tuna hoagie too. Paesano's does a veggie sandwich that sounds good. I don't know what a veggie cheesesteak means, or a veggie chicken cheesesteak for that matter.

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          barryg RE: RC51Mike Sep 6, 2012 05:23 AM

          The Chickie's sandwich is amazing. Sarcone's makes great vegetarian sandwiches too (cold). Tony Luke's has two good hot veg sandwiches -- broccoli rabe and sharp prov, and the Uncle Mike's which is a bunch of sauteed and roasted vegetables on a roll, covered with gravy (tomato sauce) and cheese.

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          Bob Loblaw RE: mahuntington Sep 6, 2012 05:52 AM

          I'm tempted to follow the trend of every other cheesesteak thread, and suggest that you try a vegetarian roast pork sandwich instead.

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            crazyspice RE: Bob Loblaw Sep 6, 2012 01:44 PM

            Now that's funny!

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