4.23.2009

We Heart Cheesesteaks

Here are a few local places we have found where you can get a good Philly Cheesesteak. As always, please inform us of any hidden treasures we may be missing out on.

Wasatch Wingz
Location: Millcreek

This little dive is nestled in a dingy strip mall off 3300 South. We only discovered it because we found some discount certificates on CityDeals.com. We haven't made it back since we moved from Sugar House, but as one of the owners told me when I asked for a takeout menu, they will "deliver right to the hizzouse" (see Christie's comment from You Said It, pt. 3). I wonder if their delivery zone includes South Jordan.

The Downtown Philly
Location: South Jordan, American Fork

We have bittersweet feelings about The Downtown Philly, since it replaced one of our favorite sandwich places, New York NY Fresh Deli, but I suppose we shouldn't hold it against them. As an interesting bit of trivia, one of their cheesesteaks may or may not have contributed to Kristen going into labor a week and a half early, as this was our "last supper" before her water broke in the middle of the night.

The Philadelphian
Location: Sandy

When I get together with my old college roommates for our quarterly Mario Kart tournament, we always like to feast on something manly and greasy for dinner. We got takeout once from The Philadelphian for the tourney based on my friend Mike's recommendation, and it fit the manly/greasy bill nicely. I have never actually been to the restaurant, but I hear it is a total hole in the wall. How delightful.
________________________________________________________________

Recently, we have also been experimenting with making cheesesteaks at home. The following recipe is used by Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia, taken from our American Sandwich cookbook.

• 4 tbsp soybean oil (we used canola oil)
• Onion, coarsely chopped
• Green and red peppers, coarsely chopped (optional)
• Mushrooms, coarsely chopped (optional)
• 24 ounces rib eye steak, thinly sliced
• Cheese Whiz
• 4 crusty Italian rolls

The steak needs to be sliced very thin, like 1/8th inch. The best way to achieve this, aside from having a friend that is a butcher, is to slice the steak while it is still partially frozen. Heat an iron skillet or nonstick pan with add 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to desired doneness, and remove from the pan. Add the remaining oil to the skillet, and sauté the meat slices quickly on both sides.

Now normally I tend to steer clear of brands that prominently feature the word "whiz," but if you are going for authenticity, you gotta use Cheese Whiz (if you are still skeptical, melted provolone is the next thing). Melt the Cheez Whiz in the microwave or on the stove, and spread generously inside the sandwich rolls. Pile on the steak and sautéed vegetables, and you're ready to clog some arteries. Makes 4 sandwiches.

8 comments:

Krissy said...

I grew up only ever having Cheese Whiz on celery, so whenever I taste the whiz, I think I should be tasting celery. However, now that I have experienced Cheese Whiz on a cheese steak, I have a new appreciation for it.

Cheryl said...

MMM, whiz.

Kristina Carter said...

The Italian Place has a delicious one they make with cream cheese. Sounds weird but delicious!! I don't think I could ever eat cheese whiz. Just the site makes me shutter.

Christie said...

Also, FYI, Wasatch Wingzz is no longer there.. surprise, surprise. I drove by there the other day to check and there is now a "Columbian Deli" in its spot.

Christie said...

Oh, and there used to be a place in the Crossroads Mall food court with a good cheese steak.. But since Crossroads mall is no longer in existance, neither is the cheese steak.

I will have to try to make one at home. I enjoy a steak sandwich at Red Butte Cafe on foothill as well. Not a cheese steak, but a tasty steak sandwich with onions, and blue cheese.

Dave said...

I figured Wasatch Wingz' days were limited with such a crappy location, but since there website is still up, I thought maybe they were hanging in there. No more cheese steaks delivered to the hizzouse, what a shame.

Ike said...

http://www.moochiesmeatballs.com/

How can Moochies not make the list? So sad!

Dave said...

Trying Moochies is on my to-do list.