Friday, March 25, 2011

Philadelphia Sub Shop

Address: 189 South State St, Clearfield, UT 84015. 801.825.2844.

Review: Okay, during the last few months, I've been on a journey to find the best Philly cheesesteak in the SLC area. The newest leg on this endeavor is the Philadelphia Sub Shop. After finishing a morning of court in Farmington, I trekked up to Clearfield for this little out-of-the-way joint.

The first thing I noticed about this place was it offers far more than cheesesteaks. There was an entire array of subs and other sandwiches. And even the cheesesteaks came loaded with tomatoes, lettuce, etc., etc., etc. What they didn't come with, however, was cheez whiz, but more on that later.

Since I'm sort of a purist, I had a cheesesteak with american cheese and some hot peppers.

Let's start with the bread. It had a quite soft interior with a slightly crusty exterior. I prefer bread a bit harder and crustier because it stands up better to the meaty steak. In any case, the bread was good and worked just fine. Now, the cheese. As I eat ever more cheesesteaks, the ever more I'm convinced cheez whiz is the only way to go. This experienced reinforced that conviction. The cheese here was american, and it didn't add anything distinctive to the steak. And, finally, the steak. It was not a collection of individual thin cuts of steak, but a amalgam of small, almost chopped, pieces of thin steak. This method of cooking created a dry and somewhat stringy steak. Without much juiciness, flavor was a bit shortcoming.

Ultimately, it was about average as far as cheesesteak joints go.

Rating: 5/10 (5/10 is average).

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