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This is Not a Cheesesteak

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Posts tagged swiss

Nov 3 '11
Nice review of the Arby’s Ultimate Angus Philly and I appreciate you still considering the best cheesesteak (notice the one word) being Jim’s in Philly (only 2 blocks from my house). Whiz is my favorite too. I’m sorry you had to wait in that line, honestly you could have had one that was (subjectively) a bit lesser in quality for ZERO wait. Remember that for next time.
Without necessarily commenting on the fact you once bought a cheesesteak in NYC, I’ll have to let you know that the following statement is completely confusing due to your misuse of vocabulary:

However, the best overall value cheese steak I’ve had was from Nadal 1 Deli on Broadway in NYC. At only $4 for a whole hoagie, it not only tasted great but left money in my wallet.

A cheesesteak and a hoagie are not the same thing. A hoagie is a cold sandwich and typically includes lettuce, tomato, raw onions and a selection of meats and cheeses. Condiments include oil, mayo or both, and seasonings such as salt, pepper or oregano. A cheesesteak is a hot sandwich and isn’t considered a “hoagie”. This is a hoagie.
The only thing that keeps hoagies and cheesesteaks similar are long Italian rolls (usually unseeded, but sometimes with sesame seeds).
Now onto the Arby’s thing. DO NOT CALL THE SANDWICH A “PHILLY.” Philly is the nickname for the City of Philadelphia and nothing else. You will not believe the absolute amount of resentment my city has for Arby’s creation of this monstrosity. Imagine you were from somewhere in New England and some stupid franchise company decided to start calling clam chowder, a “New England” — that hardly would make sense to you now would it? “Philly” meaning anything else other than the city makes no sense to us, and it shouldn’t be used in reference to anything else. See this post if you need more clarification on that.
Now about the Arby’s sandwich. That’s the one I decided to kick this Tumblr off with. Just so you know, Swiss is never an option for cheesesteaks. In closing, the Arby’s sandwich is not the best cheesesteak you’ve had on the West Coast, because it’s not a cheesesteak.
Case closed.
oystaknows:

Arby’s Ultimate Angus Philly Review
     I have been lucky enough to eat cheese steaks from across the United States. The first legitimate Philly I wolfed down ironically was at Philadelphia’s own Jim’s Steaks on South Street. Jim’s doesn’t mess around. After standing in a line that will make the wait for a Pink’s hot dog seem painless, patrons must shout out exactly what they want. Jim’s still remains the best cheese steak I’ve ever had, largely due to the cheeze whiz option. However, the best overall value cheese steak I’ve had was from Nadal 1 Deli on Broadway in NYC. At only $4 for a whole hoagie, it not only tasted great but left money in my wallet.  
     Here on the west coast I have yet to eat a Philly that even compared to anything from the east coast. That was until today when I decided to try out Arby’s new Ultimate Angus Philly. I ordered the sandwich with everything except mayo. These cheese option on this steak sandwich was Swiss, which wasn’t bad. The “steak” is prepared thinly sliced just like any other Arby’s sandwich. While I will say it was the best Cheese Steak I’ve had on the west coast, it lacked the juiciness of grilled chopped steak and consistency that cheese whiz provides. Arby’s Ultimate Angus Philly is still a worthy meal probably once every couple months. 

Nice review of the Arby’s Ultimate Angus Philly and I appreciate you still considering the best cheesesteak (notice the one word) being Jim’s in Philly (only 2 blocks from my house). Whiz is my favorite too. I’m sorry you had to wait in that line, honestly you could have had one that was (subjectively) a bit lesser in quality for ZERO wait. Remember that for next time.

Without necessarily commenting on the fact you once bought a cheesesteak in NYC, I’ll have to let you know that the following statement is completely confusing due to your misuse of vocabulary:

However, the best overall value cheese steak I’ve had was from Nadal 1 Deli on Broadway in NYC. At only $4 for a whole hoagie, it not only tasted great but left money in my wallet.

A cheesesteak and a hoagie are not the same thing. A hoagie is a cold sandwich and typically includes lettuce, tomato, raw onions and a selection of meats and cheeses. Condiments include oil, mayo or both, and seasonings such as salt, pepper or oregano. A cheesesteak is a hot sandwich and isn’t considered a “hoagie”. This is a hoagie.

The only thing that keeps hoagies and cheesesteaks similar are long Italian rolls (usually unseeded, but sometimes with sesame seeds).

Now onto the Arby’s thing. DO NOT CALL THE SANDWICH A “PHILLY.” Philly is the nickname for the City of Philadelphia and nothing else. You will not believe the absolute amount of resentment my city has for Arby’s creation of this monstrosity. Imagine you were from somewhere in New England and some stupid franchise company decided to start calling clam chowder, a “New England” — that hardly would make sense to you now would it? “Philly” meaning anything else other than the city makes no sense to us, and it shouldn’t be used in reference to anything else. See this post if you need more clarification on that.

Now about the Arby’s sandwich. That’s the one I decided to kick this Tumblr off with. Just so you know, Swiss is never an option for cheesesteaks. In closing, the Arby’s sandwich is not the best cheesesteak you’ve had on the West Coast, because it’s not a cheesesteak.

Case closed.

oystaknows:

Arby’s Ultimate Angus Philly Review

     I have been lucky enough to eat cheese steaks from across the United States. The first legitimate Philly I wolfed down ironically was at Philadelphia’s own Jim’s Steaks on South Street. Jim’s doesn’t mess around. After standing in a line that will make the wait for a Pink’s hot dog seem painless, patrons must shout out exactly what they want. Jim’s still remains the best cheese steak I’ve ever had, largely due to the cheeze whiz option. However, the best overall value cheese steak I’ve had was from Nadal 1 Deli on Broadway in NYC. At only $4 for a whole hoagie, it not only tasted great but left money in my wallet.  

     Here on the west coast I have yet to eat a Philly that even compared to anything from the east coast. That was until today when I decided to try out Arby’s new Ultimate Angus Philly. I ordered the sandwich with everything except mayo. These cheese option on this steak sandwich was Swiss, which wasn’t bad. The “steak” is prepared thinly sliced just like any other Arby’s sandwich. While I will say it was the best Cheese Steak I’ve had on the west coast, it lacked the juiciness of grilled chopped steak and consistency that cheese whiz provides. Arby’s Ultimate Angus Philly is still a worthy meal probably once every couple months. 

Oct 26 '11
"Philly Cheesesteak"
1) homemade shredded seitan: I’ll actually let this slide if you can’t/won’t eat beef.2) caramelized onions: Strike one, they should be raw or fried. Full on caramelized? No.3) swiss: Strike two. Choose from: American, provolone or Cheese Whiz4) sliced ciabatta: Strike three. You’re outta here. At least fake an attempt at some sort of faux-Italian roll.

"Philly Cheesesteak"

1) homemade shredded seitan: I’ll actually let this slide if you can’t/won’t eat beef.
2) caramelized onions: Strike one, they should be raw or fried. Full on caramelized? No.
3) swiss: Strike two. Choose from: American, provolone or Cheese Whiz
4) sliced ciabatta: Strike three. You’re outta here. At least fake an attempt at some sort of faux-Italian roll.

Oct 14 '11
Oct 12 '11
radiocolin:

“Well, sort of”? Try “not even close”.

radiocolin:

“Well, sort of”? Try “not even close”.