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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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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.

Nov 21 '11
Submitted by DougFound in Austin, TX
These are not claiming to be Philadelphian, but they’re not really that great either.
I think I’ve given Texadelphia the okay before, since they’re not using the name of Philadelphia in vain and are clearly trying to pay homage to both Philly and TX and serving up unique sandwiches. I am okay with this. Not sure how great or not great they are, since I’ve sadly never been to Austin.

Submitted by Doug
Found in Austin, TX

These are not claiming to be Philadelphian, but they’re not really that great either.

I think I’ve given Texadelphia the okay before, since they’re not using the name of Philadelphia in vain and are clearly trying to pay homage to both Philly and TX and serving up unique sandwiches. I am okay with this. Not sure how great or not great they are, since I’ve sadly never been to Austin.

Nov 17 '11

Submitted by Dan
Found at Whole Foods (in Philadelphia of all places!)

Not even sure what to call this. So I saw this at Whole Foods today and laughed.  I knew it wasn’t going to be a cheesesteak, but I saw the roast beef and figured it would make a decent sandwich anyway.

It wasn’t until I got back to the office and opened it up that I discovered what I really got.

I’m not sure if I’m more embarrassed that they called it a “cheesesteak”, or that I paid $6 for that abortion on bread.
— Dan 

You’re a foolhardy one for even buying that. My condolences.

Nov 11 '11
Submitted by DonFound at SONIC

Great burgers at Sonic. But this is…well you know.— Don

This is well, yeah…I remember the days where I’d take 45min drives out to Morgantown, PA just to feast upon far too many burgers and tots from SONIC. Those days are gone. They opened one of their drive-in franchises here in Philly a while back and it was absolutely awful. The excitement had been taken away by their lousy service and uber-ghettoness.
Terrible to see that now they’re insulting our beloved sandwich. Cheesesteak is one word to them, that’s nice. Though that picture quality is low, this just doesn’t look right.

Submitted by Don
Found at SONIC

Great burgers at Sonic. But this is…well you know.
— Don

This is well, yeah…
I remember the days where I’d take 45min drives out to Morgantown, PA just to feast upon far too many burgers and tots from SONIC. Those days are gone. They opened one of their drive-in franchises here in Philly a while back and it was absolutely awful. The excitement had been taken away by their lousy service and uber-ghettoness.

Terrible to see that now they’re insulting our beloved sandwich. Cheesesteak is one word to them, that’s nice. Though that picture quality is low, this just doesn’t look right.

Nov 4 '11
Submitted by CarolFound in London, England

While living in London (England), a Brazilian friend informed me that she had a “Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich”. I told her no, she didn’t and the result was me going with her the next time to investigate and prove my point. The sandwich in question was found at The Diner in the Camdentown section of London.  The entire sandwich is about 6 inches long. And it is on a baguette. A toasted baguette. With cubed steak and cheddar cheese on one half. The other half of the baguette has- get this- mayonnaise. It also had lettuce, tomato, a pickle, and some mystery sauce. It was a tasty sandwich, but nothing like a cheesesteak as we know it.— Carol

You pretty much covered it 100%, I’ve got nothing to add to that. Thanks for the submission! 

Submitted by Carol
Found in London, England

While living in London (England), a Brazilian friend informed me that she had a “Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich”. I told her no, she didn’t and the result was me going with her the next time to investigate and prove my point. The sandwich in question was found at The Diner in the Camdentown section of London.  The entire sandwich is about 6 inches long. And it is on a baguette. A toasted baguette. With cubed steak and cheddar cheese on one half. The other half of the baguette has- get this- mayonnaise. It also had lettuce, tomato, a pickle, and some mystery sauce. It was a tasty sandwich, but nothing like a cheesesteak as we know it.
— Carol

You pretty much covered it 100%, I’ve got nothing to add to that. Thanks for the submission! 

Oct 19 '11
Submitted by BrianFound in Boston, MA.

Don’t trust any Philadelphia cheesesteak shop that is located in another city, like, for instance, Boston, pictured here.

Generally agreed, Brian. However, their proclamation of “steak & hoagie” and their proximity to Philly makes me feel like they *could* be decent. Though, I’ve seen aberrations even in Philly. So, who knows?

Submitted by Brian
Found in Boston, MA.

Don’t trust any Philadelphia cheesesteak shop that is located in another city, like, for instance, Boston, pictured here.

Generally agreed, Brian. However, their proclamation of “steak & hoagie” and their proximity to Philly makes me feel like they *could* be decent. Though, I’ve seen aberrations even in Philly. So, who knows?

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.