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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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Posts tagged california

Nov 21 '11
Submitted by JoshFound at Phat Philly in San Francisco, CA

Amoroso roll. Better meat than you get in Philly. They offer whiz, American, and provolone, but I always go with their own version of whiz made with cheddar and beer. As a bonus for East-coast expats like myself they sell Utz potato chips and Tastykakes. I miss Pat’s, but this makes me miss it a whole lot less. (Also, there’s never a wait and the staff is polite. Maybe that’s what makes it inauthentic?)— Josh 

This looks like the real deal. From all that I’ve seen and heard, Phat Philly seems to do us justice from across the country. I’m only allowing their own version of whiz because it’s made with beer; I mean, it sounds good at least.

Submitted by Josh
Found at Phat Philly in San Francisco, CA

Amoroso roll. Better meat than you get in Philly. They offer whiz, American, and provolone, but I always go with their own version of whiz made with cheddar and beer. As a bonus for East-coast expats like myself they sell Utz potato chips and Tastykakes. I miss Pat’s, but this makes me miss it a whole lot less. (Also, there’s never a wait and the staff is polite. Maybe that’s what makes it inauthentic?)
— Josh 

This looks like the real deal. From all that I’ve seen and heard, Phat Philly seems to do us justice from across the country. I’m only allowing their own version of whiz because it’s made with beer; I mean, it sounds good at least.

Nov 15 '11

radiocolin:

The one from New Yorker Pizza is easily the most offensive.

This is Not a Cheesesteak isn’t as funny when you’re living it.

Straight from the guy who gave me the content for my initial post. I hope you keep it together out there in California, Colin. I know you have to deal with this BS every day.

Nov 7 '11
From Tracey via Ben KesslerFound in Los Angeles, CA

“Philly Cheesesteak” Air bread filled with cheese and topped with Kobe beef from Bazaar by Jose Andres—Tracey

Wow, that really misses the mark doesn’t it? Looks like some kind of raw meat open-faced sandwich. Sad. Neither Kobe beef nor the cheesesteak name be treated with such disrespect.

From Tracey via Ben Kessler
Found in Los Angeles, CA

“Philly Cheesesteak” Air bread filled with cheese and topped with Kobe beef from Bazaar by Jose Andres
—Tracey

Wow, that really misses the mark doesn’t it? Looks like some kind of raw meat open-faced sandwich. Sad. Neither Kobe beef nor the cheesesteak name be treated with such disrespect.

Nov 4 '11
Submitted by JacquelineFound in Los Angeles, CA

LOS ANGELES
Ewww—Jacqueline 

Looks like we have another example of burnt tires instead of meat? Damn you, Californians. That cheese also looks more decorative than it is functional.

Submitted by Jacqueline
Found in Los Angeles, CA

LOS ANGELES

Ewww
—Jacqueline 

Looks like we have another example of burnt tires instead of meat? Damn you, Californians. That cheese also looks more decorative than it is functional.

Oct 31 '11
I heard that Californians were disgracing our sandwich by putting avocado on it. This is the first that I’ve seen. I guess it’s really easy to mess up a sandwich that should really include only 3 ingredients, tops. THE INGREDIENTS ARE IN THE NAME OF THE SANDWICH.
Cheesesteak: what do you think should go in it? This isn’t a Cheesemushroombaconcadosteak! This is like messing up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Do you damned hippies put avocado in those too? Probably.
camerafat:

Theeee whole Shi-Bang! Meeat,cheese,fried onions,roasted peppers,sauteed mushrooms,applewood smoked bacon,avado. Scarf it down in a few bites…done! Ooo weee
@Phat Philly
3388 24th StSan Francisco, CA 94110

I heard that Californians were disgracing our sandwich by putting avocado on it. This is the first that I’ve seen. I guess it’s really easy to mess up a sandwich that should really include only 3 ingredients, tops. THE INGREDIENTS ARE IN THE NAME OF THE SANDWICH.

Cheesesteak: what do you think should go in it? This isn’t a Cheesemushroombaconcadosteak! This is like messing up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Do you damned hippies put avocado in those too? Probably.

camerafat:

Theeee whole Shi-Bang! Meeat,cheese,fried onions,roasted peppers,sauteed mushrooms,applewood smoked bacon,avado. Scarf it down in a few bites…done! Ooo weee

@Phat Philly

3388 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Oct 25 '11
"California Cheese Steak"Submitted by SarahFound at Knuckles Sports Bar in Monterey, CA 
Ingredients from what I can gather on the menu:shaved beef ribeye, onions, roasted tomatoes, avocado, jack cheese on a sourdough roll
This is a long ways from even being close to a real cheesesteak. I guess they can get away with it by calling it a “California Cheese Steak” though not terribly fond of the words cheese and steak being so close together. Onions? Okay, but how much do you want to bet they’re red onions or something stupid like that? I love jack cheese but it doesn’t belong on a cheesesteak. No comment on the phucking sourdough or avocado. Blah.
All for $12 even! WTF! This is insulting.
This is what happens when your entire state lies on a fault line, you’re a little coo-coo in the head.

"California Cheese Steak"
Submitted by Sarah
Found at Knuckles Sports Bar in Monterey, CA 

Ingredients from what I can gather on the menu:
shaved beef ribeye, onions, roasted tomatoes, avocado, jack cheese on a sourdough roll

This is a long ways from even being close to a real cheesesteak. I guess they can get away with it by calling it a “California Cheese Steak” though not terribly fond of the words cheese and steak being so close together. Onions? Okay, but how much do you want to bet they’re red onions or something stupid like that? I love jack cheese but it doesn’t belong on a cheesesteak. No comment on the phucking sourdough or avocado. Blah.

All for $12 even! WTF! This is insulting.

This is what happens when your entire state lies on a fault line, you’re a little coo-coo in the head.

Oct 19 '11
Submitted by Amanda R.Found on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA.

Two word name? Wrong color cheese? Just wrong for there to be mountains and the pacific near a place serving “Philly” cheesesteaks. — Amanda

I don’t want anything that looks like that illustration. From what I’ve seen, California produces the biggest offenders. Also, what’s with that typography? Looks like “Philly Cheese” is an adjective in itself, lol.

Submitted by Amanda R.
Found on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA.

Two word name? Wrong color cheese? Just wrong for there to be mountains and the pacific near a place serving “Philly” cheesesteaks. — Amanda

I don’t want anything that looks like that illustration. From what I’ve seen, California produces the biggest offenders. Also, what’s with that typography? Looks like “Philly Cheese” is an adjective in itself, lol.

Oct 17 '11