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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

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May 5 '12
Monster Pets on Columbus Ave has a calico cat named Cheesesteak up for adoption. She was found at Tony Luke’s.

Monster Pets on Columbus Ave has a calico cat named Cheesesteak up for adoption. She was found at Tony Luke’s.

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Apr 27 '12
Cheesesteak Egg Rolls with Sriracha dipping sauce: Approved

Cheesesteak Egg Rolls with Sriracha dipping sauce: Approved

Apr 27 '12
This shouldn’t be an allowed combination for your breakfast sandwiches, Wawa. Gross.

This shouldn’t be an allowed combination for your breakfast sandwiches, Wawa. Gross.

Apr 15 '12
"Philly Style" with chicken or beef. Spotted at The Ugly Mug in Cape May, NJ

"Philly Style" with chicken or beef. Spotted at The Ugly Mug in Cape May, NJ

Apr 12 '12
Horseradish Aioli? In my own city no less. Spotted at Tir Na Nog.

Horseradish Aioli? In my own city no less. Spotted at Tir Na Nog.

Apr 12 '12
The creator of this print knows what’s up. Aside from the onions which are always optional, it should be nothing more, nothing less (unless specifically stated - plain steak no cheese, “pizza steak”, cheesesteak hoagie, etc.)

The creator of this print knows what’s up. Aside from the onions which are always optional, it should be nothing more, nothing less (unless specifically stated - plain steak no cheese, “pizza steak”, cheesesteak hoagie, etc.)

Apr 9 '12
This is not a Schmitter. But you know what? It’s close enough. It’s on a long roll instead of a kaiser and could use more Thousand Island dressing (isn’t it supposed to be Russian dressing?) The crab fries were a nice touch.

Served in my work cafeterias today for Phillies Opening Day.

This is not a Schmitter. But you know what? It’s close enough. It’s on a long roll instead of a kaiser and could use more Thousand Island dressing (isn’t it supposed to be Russian dressing?) The crab fries were a nice touch.

Served in my work cafeterias today for Phillies Opening Day.

Apr 7 '12
Thank you Boston for not even trying to be authentic. Spotted for MJ O’Connor’s Irish Pub

Thank you Boston for not even trying to be authentic. Spotted for MJ O’Connor’s Irish Pub

Apr 6 '12
Spotted at Del Rio Diner in Brooklyn

Spotted at Del Rio Diner in Brooklyn

Jan 31 '12

ms-jbird asked:

If you zoom in on Google maps and click on the location for the "Rocky Steps" you can actually click the "more" button and report a problem for the listing. (For those of you who are irritated). But, I should mention that when you zoom further in, Rocky Steps is listed in addition to Art Museum.

Haha, yes, everyone should report a problem with the “Rocky Steps.” Thanks for the tip!

And yes, I knew you could see both listed when you zoomed in close enough. I just wish this Rocky crap would go away though. We don’t have Rocky’s house on Google Maps do we?

I say we should put in some stuff from the Sixth Sense and other movies based in Philadelphia while we’re at it. (sarcasm)

Jan 31 '12

The “Rocky” Steps, formerly known as the Philadelphia Museum of Art

My girlfriend, Allie, pointed this out to me a few weeks ago. I was reminded just now upon seeing this Reddit thread in /r/philadelphia.

I know this is a topic, unlike these cheesesteaks, that I’m going to get some very mixed opinions on from Philadelphians. Personally, this pisses me off. If you zoom in closer, you can see both “The Rocky Steps” and the “Philadelphia Museum of Art”, even still though. The Rocky movies were great, sure. But I’d really rather not have our most-revered athlete and/or citizen be some fictional person.

This is a fictional person whose name takes precedence over a real thing in Philadelphia. I understand that’s how out-of-towners and even some Philadelphians refer to the steps leading up to the Art Museum place, but they’re not actually the “Rocky” Steps because “Rocky” wasn’t actually a real person. (Even though Adrian Balboa has a real tombstone in Philadelphia.)

I get it. I know what Rocky Balboa can stand for. However, I’d hope that in the 36 years that have followed since the original film, that we’d have something else more iconic in this city.

Instead of grouping Rocky with real and awesome things like the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin and the Founding Fathers, the Liberty Bell, or hell even the Phillie Phanatic… in my mind the fact we’re constantly associated to Rocky is closer to booing Santa Claus.

Fuck you Google Maps. Are you naming the Empire State Building, “The King Kong Skyscraper?” No, you won’t, because people respect NYC and NYC has self-respect. Enough with the Rocky shit already. Though to their credit, I guess the Rocky statue at the top of the steps doesn’t help diffuse this revering-of-a-fictional-character.

PS. I haven’t forgotten about this blog. I just haven’t had time to queue up my cheesesteak posts. Patience.

Jan 3 '12
Submitted by MattFound by Wall Street in Manhattan, NYC

Found at a pizza place near Wall Street in Manhattan.  I’d say I don’t know where to begin, but I started gagging as soon as I saw it. So I guess one would begin with gagging. —Matt 

Like most things intentionally trying to deviate, I’ll usually let this slide. Though, with this, I can’t. I just hate how, for some reason people accept green peppers as default part of what makes a cheesesteak. I just don’t get that. I can’t even tell what kind of cheese that is. Gross. Believe it or not, cheesesteak pizza can be done well… though, I don’t have an example to back that statement up.
For being so close, New York City is so far away. Sad.

Submitted by Matt
Found by Wall Street in Manhattan, NYC

Found at a pizza place near Wall Street in Manhattan.  I’d say I don’t know where to begin, but I started gagging as soon as I saw it. So I guess one would begin with gagging. 
Matt 

Like most things intentionally trying to deviate, I’ll usually let this slide. Though, with this, I can’t. I just hate how, for some reason people accept green peppers as default part of what makes a cheesesteak. I just don’t get that. I can’t even tell what kind of cheese that is. Gross. Believe it or not, cheesesteak pizza can be done well… though, I don’t have an example to back that statement up.

For being so close, New York City is so far away. Sad.

Dec 23 '11

Mentally prepping to go into a backlog of emails to get into a rolling pace with posting again early next year.

Submit your non-cheesesteaks to thisisnotacheesesteak@gmail.com — Please no Twitter @ replies, FB wall posts (on both my personal and TINAC walls), text/MMS, emails to my personal email, snail mail or friggin carrier pigeons.

If you want me to post it, please email it to this account. Thanks.

Dec 23 '11

as-i-lay-sighing asked:

Okay, I'm no cheesesteak expert (my experience extends to eating at Phat Philly in SF whenever I can and longingly looking at Pat's King of Steaks on Google images), but that pita mess is just... sad.

It made me so sad, I went inactive on posting for a few weeks.*

*Just kidding. Or am I?

Nov 28 '11

Grilled Pepper Jack and Roast Beef Sandwiches

The only thing that makes this even remotely related to a cheesesteak is the fact that you’ve somehow managed to use the same animal. Roast beef does not a cheesesteak make.

Everything else isn’t even close.

On behalf of the city of Philadelphia, please remove all mention of “Philly” or “cheesesteak” from this recipe. Stick with the title you chose for your post, “grilled pepper jack and roast beef sandwich” (I’d throw the word pita in before sandwich just so it’s very clear that there’s no relation to Philly.) I’m serious.

what2cook:

Buttered pita makes this a deliciously crispy version of a Philly cheesesteak.

1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2. 4 thick, pocketless pitas, split
3. 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
5. 8 ounces thinly sliced pepper Jack cheese
6. 8 ounces thinly sliced rare roast beef


See the whole recipe here