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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.

                  3. 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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                    1. re: wizard2

                      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.

                      1. re: MGZ

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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: corvette johnny

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

                        1. re: jrvedivici

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: coldsolderjoint

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

                            1. re: 1stand3rd

                              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?

                              1. re: MGZ

                                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.

                                1. re: JustJake

                                  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.

                          1. re: coldsolderjoint

                            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.)

                          2. 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'

                            1. 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. 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.

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

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                                  1. re: Geo8rge

                                    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)

                                  2. Mamaluke's on Ocean Ave. in Belmar.

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

                                        1. 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 :)