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Biily's Cheesesteak in Arlington - Report

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Steve Apr 12, 2013 07:08 AM

This is more of a warning than a report. A place with 'cheesesteak' in it's name that serves the worst of the lot. Hideous.

The sandwich was dripping in oil. I didn't watch them cook it, but it tasted like they just drenched the meat and onions in canola oil. The meat had a deep-fried but undrained quality.

I would have observed them cooking someone else's cheesesteak, but I was their only customer at prime lunch time. At the time, they were prepping and cleaning for the dinner 'rush.'

There is a menu in the window for Pasha Cafe which is next door, so maybe same ownership.

  1. monkeyrotica Apr 12, 2013 07:36 AM

    Ouch. I've pretty much given up on Philly cheesteaks. I'll stick with the steak & cheeses at Al's or The Broiler or even the bulletproof Chinese carryout up the street.

    The bulgogi steak & cheese at Al's Famous Deli on Barracks Row is a gooey, drippy, fusioney mess of flavor. Total hole-in-the-wall carryout run by some nice Korean ladies.

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      flavrmeistr Apr 12, 2013 08:52 AM

      I avoid any place that touts a "Philly Cheesesteak", just in case it might prove to be authentic.

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        monkeyrotica Apr 12, 2013 09:13 AM

        Seems kinda redundant to even call it a "Philly Cheesesteak." Is there some rival city that claims its own is better?

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          Steve Apr 12, 2013 11:12 AM

          it's called Billy's, not Phiilly. They have a few varieties, but I doubt I'll be making my way through the menu.

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          Steve Apr 12, 2013 11:09 AM

          Do they have cheesesteaks at Taylor? The bread is perfect.

          The bread at Ray's to the Third is all wrong, but the interior stuff is a complete home run, way over the top, outrageously good. Puts everyone else to shame.

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            monkeyrotica Apr 12, 2013 11:18 AM

            The Taylor folks opened Charles Steak & Ice down the block from their H Street shop. Cheesesteaks, but on bread that's a different style than what they serve at Taylor. Firm, but not as chewy, and no sesame seeds.

            http://www.steakandice.com/

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