Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and associate editor Niki Achitoff-Gray came to Philadelphia and sampled 30+ cheesesteaks over two days. And what did they find? “Finding a truly great cheesesteak in Philly is hard. Like, alarmingly hard.”
And as I’ve been eating my share of cheesesteaks over this Year of the Cheesesteak, I agree with what came out of their guiding principles. Especially that the meat is consistently underseasoned, bland and often dry.
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Back in January, when GQ’s Alan Richman ratings of Philadelphia cheesesteaks came out, Old City’s Sonny’s Steaks was at the top and neighboring Campo’s Deli was panned for its service. On a recent weekday afternoon, we set out to put the Old City cheesesteaks up against each other, mano-e-mano.
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The only complication? You have to eat it at the Sugarhouse Casino.
But on the upside, it’s a Campos cheesesteak (served at Sugarhouse) that’s being offered free to anyone who signs up to receive a coupon. It works like this: You sign up here before tomorrow night’s Flyers game. And then, if the Flyers win, you’ll get a coupon emailed to you on Friday that’s good for a free cheesesteak ON THAT DAY between 11am and 8pm.
Seem like a lot of trouble for a sandwich? Yes, it is. But free is free so stop complaining.
Free Cheesesteak sign-up [sugarhouse]
Year of the Cheesesteak [Foobooz]