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May 13, 2013 09:59 AM

Cheesesteaks in the Mon/OC

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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  1. 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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    1. re: jrvedivici

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

      1. re: jrvedivici

        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.

        1. re: jrvedivici

          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.

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

          1. 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. 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

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

              2. 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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                1. re: jfedorko

                  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?

                  1. re: MGZ

                    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.

                  2. re: jfedorko

                    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.