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Jan 6, 2014 03:40 PM

Alan Richman Ranks Cheesesteaks in Philly

I'm not even going to get into the rankings themselves as that has been beaten to death on this board. But, the article itself is pretty funny.

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    1. I've always thought "who in their right mind would eat a cheesesteak when a good roast pork sandwich was available"? I've never had one that was worth eating.

      This list only confirms it. Only the top 3 even sound worth trying: Sonny's for a cheesesteak; Philip's (apparently no one calls it Philip's) for a Steak Bomb (LOL, I'm from Massachusetts); and Joe's for the cute waitresses.

      It seems safest to start with Joe's.

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        1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

          Everyone in the neighborhood still calls in Chinks.. the milkshakes are reason alone to try the place. Its an authentic fifties kind of feel with good quality steak that has not been chopped up into dog food the way Genos does. Very fresh rolls, and overall good service. The area is a bit of a mess right now because of a water main break so please be careful if you are going over that way.

        2. I thought it was Alan Rickman. It would totally go with his recommendation:


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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                It dropped because I like Alan Rickman or it dropped because I valued Alan Rickman more than Alan Richman or it dropped because I am a sloppy reader -- confusing the two names.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  l like greatly both of them, only razzin' you re: confusion of the names. {8>)

            1. Will have to try the old fashioned at Phillips, the regular is always an amuse for me on the way to Nick's Roast Beef.

              Thanks for the article, liked this one as much as his America's best pizza's some years back.

              l am a Chink's (Joe's) man forever.

              The way to avoid the too much bread at Steve's is to order extra meat, and BarryG's method of the two cheeses there works well also.

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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                Delucca do they also scoop the roll? That's the other technique I have seen for people that want to reduce the bread? I think it works good on a hoagie, not so sure on a cheesesteak as the bread acts as a sponge for the grease from the meat and the cheese.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  If scooped, you will wind up with very messy shoes.

                2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  It's interesting that this article has received a lot of online comment in Philly, and almost universally you see people writing either: "Chink's (Joe's)"; "Joe's (Chink's)" or just plain "Chink's".

                  I can never remember the new "Joe's" name, so I suspect we'll be seeing parenthesis after it for the next 20 years, which kind of defeats the purpose of the name change.

                  Or maybe it is like buying "Puffs", but calling them "Kleenex".

                  Ooops, I hope I didn't restart the entire "Chink's--evil or not?" discussion.

                  1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                    For something new l am trying, but not too hard, to be politically correct. Thought the name change was silly and it will always be Chink's to me.

                3. When I visited Philly for the first time, I had to compare Pat's and Geno's head to head (Pat's won). Later on, I tried Jim's, Steve's, Chink's, Tony Luke's, and several others. My favorite is actually Jim's, mostly because it's in town, I can sit down, and have a beer. One conclusion I had early on was that the steaks generally aren't seasoned, so wiz is critical unless you want a bland sandwich. Next time I go to Philly, I'll try Sonny's and Campo's.