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Best Cheesesteak in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville

I am searching for the best cheesesteak in Boston or surrounding towns. I searched the site and have not seen a post for this one yet.

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  1. The cheesesteak served on the late-night (after 11pm) menu at Redbones is pretty good.

    1. Wonderful question. Maybe cheesesteak doesn't come up because some people here call it a steak and chees, but in any event, I would love to know the answer.

      1. The J. Pace and son on Cross street in the north end does a pretty good one. I only like the one at this Pace location and not the other locations for some reason. Not a lot of good choices around here sadly.

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        1. re: gooch

          Il panino makes a pretty good one.

        2. Mr. Swank has ordered admirable cheese-steaks at Sabatino's in the past: drippy, meaty, cheesy.

          1. This is easy. Carl's in Waltham makes a most admirable steak and cheese (I assume the ask here is not about Philly-style cheesesteaks). They're large, reasonably priced, made from special cut meat which is specially ground. The sandwiches are good and greasy and the roll works well with the meat and cheese. Best of all, when they make them, they layer the meat and cheese so that when you bite into the sandwich, your teeth hit cheese then meat then cheese then meat then roll. Woof!

            Downside to Carl's is: no indoor seating. Amazingly, even in winter weather, the place is still busy.

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            1. re: hondodog

              I know I'm in the minority, but I was underwhelmed with Carl's on my only visit there. (Waltham, I think there are one or two others?) I agree the sammies are both large and priced reasonably, but the meat is not so much ground as it is chopped, IIRC? Almost minced? I remember finding it a little strange, though not necessarily bad. I've been meaning to give them a second go round, maybe it'll be sooner rather than later.

              1. re: Chicken with a Capon

                Yeah, they are making loose meat sandwiches without even knowing it - might as well use ground beef. Notice most of the reviews of this place put the size of the portion as number one reason to like. Its the cheasecake factory of cheesesteaks. Pretty much any pizza joint in the area makes one that is just as good imo.

                1. re: LStaff

                  Uh, my review didn't say Size Matters. I like the way it tastes, and, even better, the mouth feel of cheese/meat/cheese/meat/bun.

                  I'll say it again: size doesn't matter.

              2. re: hondodog

                I tried Carls based on recommendations here a few years back. What I wrote then is that a lot of people rave about how big Carl's is. Most subs are adequate to fill me, so bigger is not necessarily better. After eating at Carl's I was unpleasantly stuffed, but realized that it had not tasted so good. The meat and cheese to roll ratio is way off and it just wasn't that tasty.

                Personally I think there are a bunch of pretty good steak & cheese places, but no outstanding ones in the area. A few that I like:

                - Supreme Pizza (on Mass Ave near symphony): I haven't been there in awhile, but when I lived in Back Bay this was my go to place for years. Their steak cheese and pepperoni was always prepared with care, hot and tasty. There's definitely nothing fancy and the sub is best eaten on site.
                - Cheddars (Cambridge Alewife): Consistently good. Not open on Sundays.

                I have gotten away from Bob's in Medford as I found their quality to be inconsistent. A few times I was in there when it was busy and thought the sub was rushed and cheese not integrated enough. Also, there's no where to eat there and reheating at home can be a production. Steak and cheeses just don't travel well.

                1. re: Gabatta

                  Ill tell what is good to do with carls steak and Cheese, is let a large one with extra cheese go cold, then slice into pin wheels and put on a non stick backing sheet and warm it 350 oven, it makes a great snack or something to take to a party, its real good
                  dave

                2. re: hondodog

                  I just tried this place, Carl's, this week. I thought it was a good sandwich. I was really impressed that the meat was ground in house which I saw them dumping on the grill.

                  I found the Carl's Special (basic steak) to be under seasoned. However, they had another special called the Giambotta which had some added sliced meats and tomato sauce and while not a classic steak was a killer sandwich.