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Cheesesteaks in the Mon/OC

MGZ May 13, 2013 09:59 AM

Anybody have a stellar one lately?

I lived in Philly and Wilmington for many years. I was young, had good health, and money. I would eat a CS whenever I found the desire. Hell, I once had a 'wiz steak after dinner at Le Bec Fin.* However, I haven't had one in close to a decade.

These days, I tend to have my red meat as a "rare" burger or a big slab of aged NY Strip. And, as implied, since I'm gettin' old, it's no longer as frequent. Nonetheless, I find myself craving a good cheesesteak and don't have the time for a trip to the City of Brotherly Love soon. Any suggestions in the area?

*There was a lot of drinkin' involved.

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    JerseyGrrl Jun 8, 2013 08:50 PM

    Steaks Unlimited in Seaside Heights, on Ocean Ave and Dupont. Make sure you go to the one directly across from the Beachcomber - there are two with similar names across from each other, and what makes it even more confusing is that SU used to be at the other location before moving to their current, bigger location.

    They are the only ones in the area (that I know of) that serve their cheesesteaks on pizza bread. Don't think they have wiz, but order a Seaside Tony and it'll come with fried cheese balls on it :)

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      Jerseygirl111 Jun 8, 2013 04:42 PM

      Had a cheesesteak w/p&o at the Midway in Seaside Heights last week. Most delicious.

      1. JustJake Jun 8, 2013 02:59 PM

        Here's something that I ran across today. http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/i...

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          aklein Jun 8, 2013 05:56 AM

          Mamaluke's on Ocean Ave. in Belmar.

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            Geo8rge Jun 7, 2013 05:47 PM

            In Long Branch Neil's Kitchen and (if you excuse the wrap)
            JR's West End uses wiz.

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              JustJake Jun 8, 2013 04:58 AM

              Not a great Cheesesteak but a good one. I find myself ordering their C/S special with mushrooms, peppers and onions from Gianni's (Oakhurst, Little Silver, Colts Neck)

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              joonjoon May 16, 2013 11:42 PM

              Make your own. I freeze ribeyes and slice 'em thin on the mandolin and make mine at home. Some onion, a nice spread of whiz, soft crispy toasted italian bread. Lots of salt and pepper. Hot sauce ready on the side. Mayo if you're feeling crazy.

              Simple as hell, and better than anything you can buy.

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                gigotz May 16, 2013 07:16 PM

                Pat's on Rt 88 in Pt Pleasant used to have the best CS I've had in the area. Haven't been there in quite some time, but give 'em a try.

                1. JustJake May 14, 2013 04:45 PM

                  The best one on this side of the river here in Jersey is Tony Boloney's in A.C.

                  Never had anything close to their Cheese steak ole'

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                    coldsolderjoint May 14, 2013 10:35 AM

                    Philly's in Atlantic highlands makes a pretty decent steak. Much better than a pizzeria, but I don't know if he holds up against Geno's or Pats

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                      ebchower May 14, 2013 05:02 PM

                      Geno's and Pats are tourist traps and only average. Steve's Prince of Steaks is way better.

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                        1stand3rd May 15, 2013 06:49 AM

                        ...and even better, John's Roast Pork on Snyder Ave.

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                          MGZ May 15, 2013 07:02 AM

                          Man, I love John's Lunch. When we lived in DE, we'd go to to Philly for dinner and drinks and spend the night in a hotel by Rittenhouse. On the way out in the late morning, we'd stop by John's and get at least one roast pork and one steak to take home, and possibly a bologna and egg for the ride. Plus, if I recall, there was a beer store close by, and since there's no booze in The First State on Sundays . . . .

                          By the way, 1st and 3rd, how many strikes?

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                            JustJake May 15, 2013 09:31 AM

                            Regardless, you hit to the right side of the infield (behind the runner) who I'm sending to 2nd in order to get the run in and avoid the dp.

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                              MGZ May 15, 2013 09:36 AM

                              Better off havin' me bunt. I could take the heat deep, but tryin' to go the other way with a slider? That's why I had to play football in college.

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                        corvette johnny May 15, 2013 10:27 AM

                        I have been there 3 times so far. First two times were decent then this past saturday afternoon I literally wanted to throw my steak out. It was just stringy and fatty garbage. It's like the guy making it had no clue and/or or the meat changed. The meat was not even chopped up. It was shaved but not pulled apart.

                        I'll give them another shot but it was real disappointing last time. Again, this coming from a guy who invested in a deli slicer to make cheese steaks LOL (so I know my way around a decent steak sandwich.)

                      3. corvette johnny May 14, 2013 06:42 AM

                        Luigis in Lincroft makes a decent one too. They are a little light on the meat but its pretty good. (no wiz, American)

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                          jrvedivici May 14, 2013 07:34 AM

                          I'm sorry I cannot support any establishment that makes a square (non Sicilian) pizza, it's a sacrilege!!!

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                            cwdonald May 14, 2013 07:53 AM

                            How does square taste? You should try the Santucci's pizza in Philadelphia.. square and very tasty.

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                          wizard2 May 14, 2013 04:19 AM

                          When I need a fix & can't get to The White House Sub Shop in AC, I go to Don's Pizza King in Belmar.

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                            MGZ May 14, 2013 04:56 AM

                            Wow! Don's in Belmar. I haven't been there since my lowercase days. Thanks for the tip. Same question I asked jfedorko, do they have 'wiz? I'm cool with other cheeses, but this cheesesteak jones I got is pretty bad.

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                              jrvedivici May 14, 2013 05:30 AM

                              I got your 'wiz' right here..........

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                            jfedorko May 13, 2013 08:04 PM

                            Have tried cheesesteaks from Main St Cheesesteaks in Belmar (very average) to Willy's in Red Bank (extremely disappointing, since closed) to Guido's in Eatontown (one of the better ones close to home). By far my favorite has to be from Pat's Pizza & Subs, Rt 88, Pt Pleasant Boro. If ever I'm nearby, I'll usually find an opportunity to bring a couple home, even if for dinner the next day.

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                              MGZ May 14, 2013 04:54 AM

                              I've been to Pat's for pizza and thought it pretty good. I guess I'll put 'em on the shortlist for my steak indulgence. Do you, by any chance, know if they offer 'wiz?

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                                jfedorko May 14, 2013 10:19 AM

                                I must be honest and admit that we normally order our cheesesteaks with mozzarella which I know is not a true 'Philly cheesesteak'. My apologies for not specifying that. I can't specifically say if they serve 'wiz, I suspect not. Nonetheless, IMO, I think it's the best I've had locally. To provide a little more detail, Pat's chops there steak and onions (and peppers if you order them) together on the grill as opposed to layering processed steak slices and onions/peppers on a roll.

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                                jrvedivici May 14, 2013 05:29 AM

                                Thank's for the tip on Guido's, I've passed that place a thousand times, it's kind of tucked away, never thought to give it a try. Will do next time.

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                                PuniceaRana May 13, 2013 01:10 PM

                                I have a friend who says that Jersey Mike's in Brick makes a good cheesesteak. He also says that in addition to the philly style one they have a good chipotle cheesesteak as well. Hopefully it is good enough to satisfy your craving until you can once again get to Philly. Now if you need recommendations for a good one in Northern NJ, I have several....

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                                1. re: PuniceaRana
                                  coldsolderjoint May 14, 2013 10:36 AM

                                  My personal taste would rather go to almost any Pizzeria as opposed to Jersey Mikes, but YMMV

                                2. corvette johnny May 13, 2013 11:41 AM

                                  JR is right. A decent one is hard to find. I actually bought a deli slicer to make my own.

                                  Once you start making your own with some ribeyes you won't look back. I even make some chicken ones which are much cheaper and healthier.....still can't beat the real deal though.

                                  New Corner in red bank has one that isn't half bad (if you are in the area.) My wife works at the hospital so she brings me home one once in a while. They are kind of skimpy on the cheese so I usually throw on another two slices and toast it up a tad bit....not great but worth a try.

                                  1. equal_Mark May 13, 2013 10:50 AM

                                    I enjoy the ribeye steak sandwiches at the Windmill in Long Branch.

                                    1. jrvedivici May 13, 2013 10:33 AM

                                      Something as simple, yet complex, as a good cheeseteak is a lost art in this area. I would suggest waiting for the Mid-Way to open in Seaside and give the support where it's needed. That has been my "go-to" cheesesteak place for a decade now. Good ole' Seaside.......looking forward to taking the trip this year.

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                                        MGZ May 13, 2013 10:40 AM

                                        Postponing satisfaction is not really my thing (though, I admit I should learn). Probably the product of those 80s RBC girls, huh?

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                                          Jerseygirl111 May 13, 2013 07:53 PM

                                          Jr, please post something when the Midway reopens. I am dying for their cheesesteak (peppers, onions, no sauce, ketchup instead). We usually have our first fix on Palm Sunday so we are waaaaay behind. Best. Cheesteak. Ever.

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                                            coldsolderjoint May 14, 2013 10:38 AM

                                            I agree, only one dedicated cheesesteak place I know of (Philly's) remains open around here. It's mind boggling that that either the quality can't be consistent, or maybe the mass market just isn't there.

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