CFDM 'Meatatarian' Round 1: Cheesesteak V Italian Beef

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It's sliced griddled meat on a bun. Which permutation makes you drool?

Poll ended at 8 years ago

Aren't you paying attention-? Italian Beef rules this board.
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Aren't you paying attention-? Italian Beef rules this board.
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Aren't you paying attention-? Italian Beef rules this board.
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Cheesesteak is my ultimate. I even order it properly.
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Cheesesteak is my ultimate. I even order it properly.
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Cheesesteak is my ultimate. I even order it properly.
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. . . there's a difference-? Someone should explain it properly to me below.
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. . . there's a difference-? Someone should explain it properly to me below.
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. . . there's a difference-? Someone should explain it properly to me below.
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I'll take the one that doesn't sound like a porno nickname, kthx.
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I'll take the one that doesn't sound like a porno nickname, kthx.
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I'll take the one that doesn't sound like a porno nickname, kthx.
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I don't care how I get my meat, I'll take them both on-!
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I don't care how I get my meat, I'll take them both on-!
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I don't care how I get my meat, I'll take them both on-!
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That's what she said! Bwaaaa.
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That's what she said! Bwaaaa.
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That's what she said! Bwaaaa.
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What are you, like, twelve?
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What are you, like, twelve?
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What are you, like, twelve?
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My preference requires qualification which I will explain below.
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My preference requires qualification which I will explain below.
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My preference requires qualification which I will explain below.
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No votes
Wait, the Lazy Git Dinner bracket excluded take-out. Not fair, I call shenanigans on your tourney structure.
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Wait, the Lazy Git Dinner bracket excluded take-out. Not fair, I call shenanigans on your tourney structure.
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Wait, the Lazy Git Dinner bracket excluded take-out. Not fair, I call shenanigans on your tourney structure.
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Shh, if you keep complaining, she'll quit, and we'll never get to Breakfast Cereal Death Match. LIFE CEREAL FOR THE WIN!!!!
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Shh, if you keep complaining, she'll quit, and we'll never get to Breakfast Cereal Death Match. LIFE CEREAL FOR THE WIN!!!!
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Shh, if you keep complaining, she'll quit, and we'll never get to Breakfast Cereal Death Match. LIFE CEREAL FOR THE WIN!!!!
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Total votes: 105
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PHXeater wrote:I voted Italian Beef but I also don't think I've ever had a real cheesesteak so I could be converted (doubtful but always a possibility).
You're on, Liz!

Dom and I, in an attempt to be show good sportsmanship, have scheduled a Cheesesteak lunch on Thursday...MY attempt to sway some votes! (Hey, I'm not really MARRIED to this cheesesteak thing, not being from Philly, but since Dom's being so adamant about his damn Italian beef, I feel it's necessary! ;)

Here's the Cheesesteak lunch link, people:

Cheesesteak lunch @ Forefather's -Thu 3/14 @ 11:30 am
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So I'm going to be trying to make THREE lunches this week? Rough life :)
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PHXeater wrote:So I'm going to be trying to make THREE lunches this week? Rough life :)
Naw, you already apparently know Italian beef, so if it's tough for you, at least try for Thurs! (And Friday at Miu's of course!) :)
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In the past year I've had two IB's from Taylor Street (well, one IB and one Combo) and found them both to be delicious (if not a bit too rich in the case of the Combo). I couldn't make the visit to Forefather's today so in the interest of reserach went instead over to Corleone's for an "Original Cheesesteak" (w/ cheese whiz). It was that perfect mix of meaty, juicy (greasy) and cheesy (or would that be 'cheezy'?). Dom said it best above: The heart wants what the heart wants. My heart wants Cheesesteak.
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Whoa, Penny...glad to hear that, although we just got done talking about Corleone's, which Dom said was the worst cheesesteak he ever had!

Having now fully completed my research, I stand by the cheesesteak as a sandwich. Now, if had been a battle of the beef alone, I would argue for the Italian beef. I gotta admit I'm not a big fan of the Whiz, which overpowers the meat too much, IMO...but I love the cheesesteak with provolone.

Forefather's version was not what I remembered from visiting Philly, where the beef was more "sliced" and the onions/peppers were grilled strips. Forefather's beef was more chopped up, and their onions & green pepper (and, oddly, mushrooms, which I don't remember from Philly) were chopped and could have been more plentiful.

Ideal scenario for me? Taylor Street's beef with grilled onion and green pepper (not hot!), provolone, and the bread from Forefather's.
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MyLifeOnVacatio wrote:My heart wants Cheesesteak.
:mrgreen:
Make sure you vote in the poll above! (I almost forgot!)
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I've never been to Philly, and in all honesty the extent of my Cheesesteak experience is mostly rooted in the time spent in the mid-late 90's in Overland Park, KS going to the Chartroose Caboose. My regular there included grilled onions, mushrooms and cheese. And horseradish sauce on the side. I just looked online to see if the Caboose is still around. It is, and with absolutely terrible reviews on Yelp, so perhaps I'm just acclimated to bad Cheesesteaks? ;)

Either way, since this round of the CFDM is about the sandwich style, my vote stays with Cheesesteak!
(Voted in the poll too. 8-))
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Do try Forefather's if you're in the neighborhood, Penny, as it was pretty good (IMO)...and the sweet potato fries were pretty darn good, too (make sure to get the fry sauce for dipping!).
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I'm visiting my optometrist late this afternoon and it's right in that area....two cheesesteaks in one day?!? :shock: :lol:
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BarbaraToombs wrote:Whoa, Penny...glad to hear that, although we just got done talking about Corleone's, which Dom said was the worst cheesesteak he ever had!
Clarification: One visit, one cheesesteak.

But yeah, stale bread, almost no cheese, and underseasoned, spongy, wet beef. Like they took the meat right out of the freezer and slapped it on the griddle with with a big chunk of ice attached so it just steamed. I've no doubt you would have felt similarly if you'd had mine, Penny. Glad to hear they're not all like that. (Though the fact that they're supposed to be a Philadelphia-style establishment yet are named after a fictional New York crime family and have a website that prominently features Al Capone is wrong... wrong!)

Incidentally, the beef was the weakest part of today's cheesesteak too... which I think only underscores my point. You put enough melted cheese on anything, and it'll taste okay. But anybody with a can opener can smear cheez whiz on mediocre beef. So what's the vote for... the cheesesteak or the cheese? :-)

(Pulling that much tender, sweet, juicy, beefy flavor out of a cut like bottom round, though... that's an art!............ okayi'mdonenow.)
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Skillet Doux wrote: (Pulling that much tender, sweet, juicy, beefy flavor out of a cut like bottom round, though... that's an art!............ okayi'mdonenow.)
:lol: We get it, Dom...we get it! :D
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Cheesesteak - from (cannot remember the name of the place on Scottsdale Road a bit south of Thomas

Isn't "real" Italian more Italian American but their Cheesesteak is awesome, Coreleone's is pretty weak IMO
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Dapuma wrote:Cheesesteak - from (cannot remember the name of the place on Scottsdale Road a bit south of Thomas
Defalcos.
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azhotdish wrote:
Dapuma wrote:Cheesesteak - from (cannot remember the name of the place on Scottsdale Road a bit south of Thomas
Defalcos.
Yes, I've heard DeFalco's cheesesteak was good, too...per Cosmic Jester and others...but is it "normal" for an Italian place to serve Cheesesteaks? That just seems a little odd to me...unless they're taking their Italian Beef and just throwing some cheese on it (which is what I would advocate anyway... ;) )