Hey I’m working on something for Foobooz/the Metro regarding cheesesteaks.
The premise is there are certain warning signs to look for and if you see too many of them abort your cheesesteak purchase. Do you guys have any other warning signs that you’re about to have a craptastic steak?
Vernacular – We know that everyone outside of the Delaware Valley refers to a cheesesteak as a “Philly cheesessteak.” But if you’re within 30 miles of 9th and Passyunk the word “Philly” is a tip off that this is not an authentic cheesesteak. And never order a steak with cheese. This is always a fraud steak sandwich. Also cheesesteak is one word and Microsoft Word should know this.
Non Kraft Whiz – Even if you prefer your steak with provolone or American cheese you should always be on the lookout for non-Kraft cheese spreads. If they’re skimping on the quality of the Whiz what are the chances they are using good meat?
Hunts Ketchup – Similar to the Kraft Whiz key is the non-Heinz rule. There is only one true ketchup and it is Heinz. Sure we’ve tasted homemade ketchup from XXXX and it’s great. But for a steak sandwich, they had better be serving up Heinz.
Condiments are optional – If a menu describes the steak sandwich as having hot peppers, mushrooms or anything besides cheese and onions in the description, it’s not a real cheesesteak, it’s a cheesesteakesque. Buyer beware!
Bread Choices – Steak sandwiches come on a long roll, often from Amoroso. Steak sandwiches are not served on Kaiser rolls, pita bread or in wraps.
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