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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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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.

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.

Nov 18 '11
Cheesesteak Connection in Denver manages to offend two cities at once with that sandwich above. That is neither a Chicago hot dog nor a Philly cheesesteak. In fact, they’ve got a whole slew of bizarre sandwich creations that they’re call “Phillys.” Yes, they’re using the name of our city in vain on things that barely resemble cheesesteaks. What a waste of genuine, Amoroso rolls (they state using them on their site).
That photo comes courtesy of AV Club Denver/Boulder. Writer Kathleen St. John says this, and it couldn’t be truer:

Over on the East Coast, Philadelphians forget about brotherly love if someone defames the blessed cheesesteak. They’ll squabble with each other over the proper cheese enhancement to use—provolone, Cheez Whiz, or white American—and the best brand of roll to bring it all together. They can be forgiving, even allowing chopped chicken sandwiches an honorary “cheesesteak” designation, but don’t push them too far.

I can’t stomach the thought of having to discuss this any further. Just see the Cheesesteak Connection’s menu and feel the disgust yourself. Craving a “Thai Philly” with chicken, peanut sauce, green onions, white onions and diced cucumbers? They’ve got you covered, what an insult. Honestly that sounds more like a bánh mì, but let’s not blow their minds by talking about Vietnamese hoagies.
And for the record, Philly is a city, not a sandwich.

Cheesesteak Connection in Denver manages to offend two cities at once with that sandwich above. That is neither a Chicago hot dog nor a Philly cheesesteak. In fact, they’ve got a whole slew of bizarre sandwich creations that they’re call “Phillys.” Yes, they’re using the name of our city in vain on things that barely resemble cheesesteaks. What a waste of genuine, Amoroso rolls (they state using them on their site).

That photo comes courtesy of AV Club Denver/Boulder. Writer Kathleen St. John says this, and it couldn’t be truer:

Over on the East Coast, Philadelphians forget about brotherly love if someone defames the blessed cheesesteak. They’ll squabble with each other over the proper cheese enhancement to use—provolone, Cheez Whiz, or white American—and the best brand of roll to bring it all together. They can be forgiving, even allowing chopped chicken sandwiches an honorary “cheesesteak” designation, but don’t push them too far.

I can’t stomach the thought of having to discuss this any further. Just see the Cheesesteak Connection’s menu and feel the disgust yourself. Craving a “Thai Philly” with chicken, peanut sauce, green onions, white onions and diced cucumbers? They’ve got you covered, what an insult. Honestly that sounds more like a bánh mì, but let’s not blow their minds by talking about Vietnamese hoagies.

And for the record, Philly is a city, not a sandwich.

Nov 15 '11
The cheesesteak itself actually looks OK. Though, may not be chopped up enough. Also, I don’t see any cheese, but that could have been burned away by the fryer…
afoodfetish:

Deep Fried CheeseSteak

The cheesesteak itself actually looks OK. Though, may not be chopped up enough. Also, I don’t see any cheese, but that could have been burned away by the fryer…

afoodfetish:

Deep Fried CheeseSteak

Oct 19 '11
the20philadelphia:

Ridding the World of Bad Philly Cheesesteaks. It’s been making the rounds since launching a few days ago thanks to coverage from Technically Philly. And it’s brilliant. We’ve all been there as Philadelphians. We go somewhere outside our wonderful city, and there’s a “Philly Cheese Steak” on the menu. Except they rarely resemble what we as purists actually would consider a cheesesteak. Until now…
Interactive designer and blogger @mikeyil has created a Tumblr to track some of the worst knock-offs and imitations of our sandwich, called “This is Not a Cheesesteak.” His anger was fueled by the new Arby’s commercial promoting their new roast beef sandwich as “The Best Philly Outside Philly.” And he wants your submissions, to help get rid of these imposters.
The20’s @bydanielvictor and @christopherwink have already stamped their approval, and we’re sure plenty of additional Philadelphians will too.
Seen a bad steak imitation lately? Send it to @mikeyil…
-LD
[This is Not a Cheesesteak, @mikeyil, Technically Philly, @bydanielvictor, @christopherwink]
Photo: This is Not a Cheesesteak

the20philadelphia:

Ridding the World of Bad Philly Cheesesteaks. It’s been making the rounds since launching a few days ago thanks to coverage from Technically Philly. And it’s brilliant. We’ve all been there as Philadelphians. We go somewhere outside our wonderful city, and there’s a “Philly Cheese Steak” on the menu. Except they rarely resemble what we as purists actually would consider a cheesesteak. Until now…

Interactive designer and blogger @mikeyil has created a Tumblr to track some of the worst knock-offs and imitations of our sandwich, called “This is Not a Cheesesteak.” His anger was fueled by the new Arby’s commercial promoting their new roast beef sandwich as “The Best Philly Outside Philly.” And he wants your submissions, to help get rid of these imposters.

The20’s @bydanielvictor and @christopherwink have already stamped their approval, and we’re sure plenty of additional Philadelphians will too.

Seen a bad steak imitation lately? Send it to @mikeyil

-LD

[This is Not a Cheesesteak, @mikeyil, Technically Philly, @bydanielvictor, @christopherwink]

Photo: This is Not a Cheesesteak

Oct 19 '11
Are you sure it was Philadelphia that you went to? That sandwich looks like it’s made out of burnt tires.
subcontinent:

Then we went to Philly!

Are you sure it was Philadelphia that you went to? That sandwich looks like it’s made out of burnt tires.

subcontinent:

Then we went to Philly!

Oct 14 '11
YES! One of the best places to get a cheesesteak in Philly isn’t at cheesesteak place. Well done.
elisa365:

Philly’s best cheesesteak place? John’s Roast Pork

YES! One of the best places to get a cheesesteak in Philly isn’t at cheesesteak place. Well done.

elisa365:

Philly’s best cheesesteak place? John’s Roast Pork