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This is Not a Cheesesteak

Send me your cheesesteak knock-offs from 'round the globe and other Philly/cheesesteak-related meanderings: thisisnotacheesesteak@gmail.com

Include your name, a photo from a menu or the actual offensive sandwich, where you found the travesty (city, state, country) and a brief description/opinions of it.

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Feb 13 '13
Some Philly Fest, Johnny Rockets. This is a travesty, right on South Street too.

Some Philly Fest, Johnny Rockets. This is a travesty, right on South Street too.

Jan 25 '13

I still love this bizarre/inappropriate commercial for @cheesesteaktees.

Jan 22 '13
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Oct 31 '12
This cheesesteak “costume” is more accurate than some of the sandwiches I come across. In fact, it kinda looks more appetizing.
Happy Halloween!

This cheesesteak “costume” is more accurate than some of the sandwiches I come across. In fact, it kinda looks more appetizing.

Happy Halloween!

Oct 31 '12
kassaundra:

#phili #cheesesteak at #jimscheesesteaks

Arguably more annoying than when people get cheesesteaks wrong is when they can’t even spell “Philly.” I guess they can earn some points back with the Artic Splash iced tea carton that I see peeking out in the corner of this photo.

kassaundra:

#phili #cheesesteak at #jimscheesesteaks

Arguably more annoying than when people get cheesesteaks wrong is when they can’t even spell “Philly.” I guess they can earn some points back with the Artic Splash iced tea carton that I see peeking out in the corner of this photo.

Oct 30 '12
Our buddy @radiocolin must be anxious to get home on his cross-country drive, as he sent me this. Don’t stop there, you’ll be back in the land of proper cheesesteaks soon enough.

Our buddy @radiocolin must be anxious to get home on his cross-country drive, as he sent me this. Don’t stop there, you’ll be back in the land of proper cheesesteaks soon enough.

Oct 30 '12
We’ve all been there right? (via Reddit user whiterabbit514)

We’ve all been there right? (via Reddit user whiterabbit514)

Oct 24 '12

konradprojects asked:

I live in Philly but come from North Jersey/NYC, so I'm no expert. I like my cheesesteaks with provolone and fried onions - that's it. I recently got into a debate with a bunch of my high school students who insist that "real Philadelphians" put ketchup on their cheesesteaks. I vehemently disagree and believe that ketchup is for kids and people who don't like the taste of steak (or eggs, hot dogs, etc.). Who is correct?

Hey, sorry for what’s probably an awkwardly late response. But to your question—

There’s definitely debate on this topic from all parties, native Philadelphians and those who have moved here alike. Speaking for native Philadelphians, I really don’t think putting ketchup on a cheesesteak is a really common occurrence. I do it from time to time (when craving ketchup on my cheesesteak for reasons I can’t explain) but I honestly don’t think it’s something that “real Philadelphians” are obligated to do.

On the flipside, I don’t feel there’s a stigma for putting ketchup on your cheesesteak. Some people think it’s not legit to do so but I don’t really feel it’s a bad thing.

In regards to your statement about ketchup, I can see what you’re saying. I like ketchup and I loooove hot sauce but depending on what you add the condiment to, I feel that it enhances the food. Though, it could definitely mask the food with its own flavor.

Oct 24 '12

I Googled “Cheesesteak Lumpia" and this is what I found. Considering I give the OK to Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, I can’t imagine any reason why I wouldn’t OK this as well.

(Source: Flickr / museopath)

Oct 16 '12
Reddit user uglymoose stumbled upon this gem, not sure from where.

Reddit user uglymoose stumbled upon this gem, not sure from where.

Aug 13 '12
This is not… a good tattoo.

This is not… a good tattoo.

Jun 5 '12
Pat’s King of Steaks bus wrap

Pat’s King of Steaks bus wrap

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May 21 '12
Shank’s on Delaware Ave calls it a “cheesesteak sandwich” for shame, it’s the only place I’ve ever encountered here that does that. Upside: one of the friendliest exchanges I’ve ever had at a cheesesteak joint.

Shank’s on Delaware Ave calls it a “cheesesteak sandwich” for shame, it’s the only place I’ve ever encountered here that does that. Upside: one of the friendliest exchanges I’ve ever had at a cheesesteak joint.

May 19 '12
Stick to wieners, Nathan’s.

Stick to wieners, Nathan’s.