Review: The Original Philly from Great Steak
I don’t know about you readers, but I hate malls. Suffering through the traffic, parking fifteen miles away from the entrance, being crammed next to throngs of people, who don’t smell very good, having their screaming children throw stuff at me (true story), not being able to find what I want, and to top it off, the food is utterly awful. While eating at Sbarro, I noticed Great Steak on the other side of the food court. I love a great cheesesteak and thought it would make for a good review. I then realized I would have to return to the abyss and out the window went that idea. If you guys couldn’t already tell, I take requests. Ryan seemed enthusiastic about a Great Steak review, so here you go.
Great Steak is a fast food mall institution with over 160 locations. Along with cheesesteaks they also specialize in baked potatoes… color me intrigued. I figured I would go with what seemed like the best way to test their authenticity, and get just steak, onions and whiz on a roll. They call that The Original Philly. Well, the website does anyway. The girl at the register looked at me like I was crazy after I asked for one. I look at the menu and sure enough, nothing called an “Original Philly”. She tried to sell me a signature “Great Steak”, but considering that is constructed more like a hamburger, I said no. The manager caught wind of the confusion and came over to help. I ask if this is the same Great Steak as the others around the country? He replied yes. I then hand him my cell phone with the corporate menu pulled up, and asked if any of these items were on his menu. That made him just as bewildered as I was, so he just asked what I want specifically, to end this pointless back and forth. “Steak, fried onions, Philly cheese (what the website calls whiz), on a 12 inch roll.”
“No problem” he says. After a couple of minutes I receive my sandwich and there is a problem. No whiz. I inquire as to why and he tells me it’s the provolone on the bottom. He realizes I wanted “cheese sauce” and topped it off with a heavy portion. “You don’t call that Philly cheese?” I ask.
“What’s Philly cheese?” he responds.
The girl then tells me the cheese sauce is only for potatoes.
I slap my forehead, and go take a seat to check out this mystery sandwich that for reasons I don’t understand, was almost impossible to order. Surprisingly enough, this was the best and most accurate cheesesteak I have had outside of Philly or Jersey. The roll was about as dead on to an Amoroso roll as you can get. If you’ve never had one, think of a dense yet soft hoagie roll, with a slightly crisp exterior. The perfect bread to stand up to a mound of delicious beef. The onions were flat-out perfect. Not caramelized, but cooked just enough so that you still get a sweet intense onion flavor, and it still has a slight crunchy texture to it. Whiz is whiz or in this case “cheese sauce”, and you either love it or hate it. I love it. It couldn’t be better. I wouldn’t have known the provolone was their if you hadn’t told me. Considering I didn’t want it anyway, no points will be subtracted. The beef was the only component that could have been better. The website says they use sirloin, but at this point, who knows? It was good, but a far cry from the big beefy flavor of thin sliced, ultra-fatty marbled ribeye.
in all though, this was a quality cheesesteak, which for some reason, is hard to find, unless you go to… a mall. Yes, the earth has flipped its axis. If you are near a Great Steak, be sure to check it out. Good luck getting what you expect with any kind of ease though.
***I’m delaying the “month of healthy reviews”. Why? The fall video game season has overtaken what little free time I have. That or you could make up your own reason. How about me building a rocket to Mars? Yeah, let’s go with that one.
Pros: The first great cheesesteak I have ever had with the word "Philly" in the name. I would bathe in whiz if I could. Run-on sentences.
Cons: Worst ordering experience/website coordination ever. The steak kept this from a near perfect rating. Malls.
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: TheGreatSteak.com