The Great Cheese Steak Debate 2011 John’s Vs Philip’s

Its another round of the Great Cheese Steak Debate taking place on the streets of Philly this week. Two steak shops I’ve never been to, but I can tell you that if I don’t get one soon – there will be one hungry Kita to answer to!

**The following text is not Kita from Pass the Sushi, but rather Chris and Sean the two guys in charge of this weekly cheese steak debate.**

Lets get the party started:

but remember, play by the rules:

  • When giving a choose at ordering we will stick with either “Wiz wit”or “American Wit” (no other condiments)
  • We will only consume water during the eating process
  • We must visit the head to head competing shops during the same visit.
  • When at all possible we will eat at the original shop of a franchise restaurant
  • NO TAKE OUT- we must eat at the shop
  • We can not be drunk while participating in the challenge

John’s Roast Pork 14 E. SNYDER AVENUE SOUTH PHILADELPHIA

Home of the “Ultimate Cheesesteak”

Philly celeb judges name John’s Roast Pork best cheesesteak

      Glen Macnow`s Ultimate Cheesesteak Challenge’ rates John’s the Best Chessesteak in Philadelphia

Wow, I saw these comments on John’s Roast Pork home page before heading out for our weekly cheese steak challenge. HUGE expectations were on the horizon, but I was determined to go into it with an open mind and stomach. We set out to the little shack on the corner of Weccacoe and Snyder Ave that are known for their Roast Pork sandwiches but are slowly gaining notoriety for their cheese steaks.

When we arrived I sat down outside on a red picnic bench with the vibrant view and a loud hiss of a factory located directly across the street from John’s Roast Pork. Sean went inside to order our cheese steak, the usual; however this PHILLY cheese steak shop doesn’t serve Wiz. Wait a minute no wiz on a Philly cheese steak in Philly? Is that aloud? Is that even legal within the city limits? So Sean ordered up an American Wit (a cheese steak with American cheese and sautéed onions) instead, the steak was made to order and took about 15 mins (there was a line) to reach our table.

Upon unwrapping the sandwich I noticed that they use a sesame roll; hmmm will it hurt the sandwich or add another complexity to it? The first bite into the sandwich was a flavorful explosion of cheese, steak, onion and a little something nutty (I’m not talking about Sean either)!! The roll was thick and the sesame seeds added nuttiness and an oiliness that imparted a little bit of a bitter taste to the sandwich which was good and unique. The meat was loaded on the sandwich and was medium chopped; John’s used just the right amount of onions and cheese in a perfect balance.

This cheese steak left me wanting more when I was finished and I would recommend John’s to anyone looking for a good cheesesteak, but get there early, they only stay open till 3pm M-F or when they run out of rolls whichever comes first. As for the accolades at the top of the page; we have a lot of cheese steak eating in our future before we can proclaim who has the best, but I see this little cheese steak shack giving the big dogs a run for their money!!

 

Philip’s Steaks 2234 West Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA 19145-3318 (215) 755-4820

Chris and I had just left John’s and headed up Passyunk Ave to Philip’s. We anticipated a good matchup….after all, this place had come up numerous times during the selection process. Chris and I had never been to Philip’s or even heard of it prior to the start of the competition. When we arrived we found a corner store that had the two window setup similar to Geno’s. Steaks served at one window; Fries and drinks at the other. It was cold and overcast that day, but we had steaks to eat. Chris ordered the steak and after about 10 minutes, we were ready to go.

This steak also had meat that I would describe as a “medium chop”, right in between finely chopped and not chopping at all. The roll appeared standard, nothing fancy, and the cheese was Philly style…..WIZ! Onions were sautéed. Did I forget to mention Wiz….. I was psyched about the wiz!

Now here’s where things get a bit strange….I bit into the steak and thought, awwww man, this is going to be a tough decision, but after every bite I became less excited about it. It almost  became somewhat bland. I have no explanation for why it went downhill like that, but by the end of the steak I was not impressed. John’s was clearly the winner. Chris summed it up best when he said that he was left wanting another steak at John’s, I almost wanted to go back and get another one for the ride home.

~Chris and Sean

 

I think we know who won this round…


Comments

  1. says

    Hmmm. The whole cheese whiz thing took off as I was leaving Philly 30 years ago, so it’s a non-contender to me in this contest. The sesame seed roll is a step forward, as long as the seeds are fresh. Just by looking at your photos, the John’s steak is more authentic. My kind of steak!
    Now if I could put my parents’ local – Pudge’s in Blue Bell – into the race, I think you’d have quite a yardstick to measure against. They get my vote every time!

  2. says

    Love this competition. Hope I’ll get to spend some time in Philly other than the airport, and I’ll be sure to make note of the grand prize winner when it’s finally determined :)

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