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   Undertoad  Monday Oct 11 01:39 PM

10/11/2004: $100 Cheesesteak



Philadelphia restauranteur Stephen Starr has come up with this offering for a new city location: a $100 cheesesteak. "...made of sliced Kobe beef, melted Taleggio cheese, shaved truffles, sauteed foie gras, caramelized onions and heirloom shaved tomatoes on a homemade brioche roll brushed with truffle butter and squirted with homemade mustard."

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This is simply wrong at every level, beyond just the fact that it's an attempt to get a bit of press for the restaurant. Here's a "proper" Philly cheesesteak:



I know I would prefer the taste of the $100 version, but it's not worth $100 under any circumstances, and it rides on the image of the original.

I'm just sad that I don't have a proper image of a good $5 steak, and the next time I get one (about once every three months - it's a dangerous meal), I'll take the camera.



Cyber Wolf  Monday Oct 11 02:33 PM

Bugger that. No sandwich in the world is worth $100, not unless the whole thing was gold-plated and then it wouldn't be all that edible. Or tasty. What the heck would you serve WITH it? Wouldn't it throw the whole thing off if they offer chips and a soda only worth $1.85? Or would they search the world over for a potato that costs 20x the price of a perfectly good Irish potato?



vsp  Monday Oct 11 03:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
Here's a "proper" Philly cheesesteak:

[img - cheesesteak]
Nah, I don't think so. That's got Whiz on it. Provolone or bust.


Albamoss  Monday Oct 11 03:05 PM

Quote:
heirloom shaved tomatoes
When I was skimming the ingredients list, I thought for a moment that said "heroin." And for that moment I thought I understood why it was so expensive.


Katkeeper  Monday Oct 11 03:54 PM

What beverage to serve with a $100 cheesesteak? A $100 bottle of Bordeaux or CA cabernet sauvignon.



Trilby  Monday Oct 11 04:33 PM

i thought the "original" cheesesteak was hotdog or bologna? This is indeed wrong. When I think of Philly I think of affordable heart attacks.



elSicomoro  Monday Oct 11 04:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
This is simply wrong at every level, beyond just the fact that it's an attempt to get a bit of press for the restaurant. Here's a "proper" Philly cheesesteak:

No...that's a proper cheesesteak for stoopid tourists. No Philadelphian in their right mind should ever eat such shit.

Non-Philadelphians: Never ever EVER eat a cheesesteak from Pat's or Geno's. Just don't fucking do it!


Target  Monday Oct 11 06:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Katkeeper
What beverage to serve with a $100 cheesesteak? A $100 bottle of Bordeaux or CA cabernet sauvignon.
When I heard about this $100 cheese steak sandwich on the radio they said it included a bottle of champagne.

So it's a bargain at twice the price.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 11 07:20 PM

Don't know Target, the TV reporter didn't show or mention any wine. He did say it was tasty but he wouldn't be eating it if he had to pay for it.
Let's face it, they came up with a tasty dish and like UT said they're capitalizing on the fame of real cheesesteaks.
Syc is right about Pat's and Geno's.
The crew of Air Force One, The Secret Service and I, prefer Jim's in Essington.



wolf  Monday Oct 11 09:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sycamore
No...that's a proper cheesesteak for stoopid tourists. No Philadelphian in their right mind should ever eat such shit.

Non-Philadelphians: Never ever EVER eat a cheesesteak from Pat's or Geno's. Just don't fucking do it!
And being from the Show Me state you are uniquely qualified to make this judgment. (he happens to be right in this case, but this poser setting himself up as the Phil'delfya cheesesteak expert is quite amusing. Incidentlly, Happy Birthday you mutherfucking pansie-ass poser ...)


elSicomoro  Monday Oct 11 09:12 PM

Being a non-native helps me retain my objectivity.

And thank you.



wolf  Monday Oct 11 09:22 PM

I truthfully can't conceive of a situation in which I would pay $100 for food ... I mean one freakin' sandwich, not a complete meal for myself and at least one other person.

Yes, I've been to fancy eatin' places. And yes, I've run up a tab, including wine, of over $150 just for me, but I'm talking starting from the little bowl of water with the lemon to wash yer hands in, all the way to the exotic desert item involving a mininum of four kinds of chocolate made into swirly patterns around the plate.

$100 for a damn sandwich. What is the world coming to? Are there, as Alexander mourned, no more worlds to conquer?



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 11 09:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sycamore
Being a non-native helps me retain my objectivity.
Me too.


YellowBolt  Monday Oct 11 09:35 PM

Wow, that "proper" cheesesteak is... gross... one of the best days here in my Michigan high school is when they have "Philly cheese steak" Thursday, only twice a year! Yum.



wolf  Monday Oct 11 09:41 PM

It would probably be illegal to serve a real cheese steak to high school students. There are certain nutritional standards which apply to school food service.



elSicomoro  Monday Oct 11 09:45 PM

It looks like I will have to go to Dalessandro's tomorrow afternoon for one and take pictures of it. I should be able to get the film developed tomorrow, so I can have the photos up tomorrow night.



Undertoad  Monday Oct 11 09:46 PM

I was thinking the same thing



elSicomoro  Monday Oct 11 09:51 PM

Hey, if you decide to come down this way, let me know. I live 5 minutes from Dalessandro's.

Shit, I'd go get one now if I weren't full from dinner.



lumberjim  Tuesday Oct 12 12:03 AM

happy birthday, terry. wolf, does Pudge's still exist? THAT'S a proper cheesesteak. word. to your mamma.



BrianR  Tuesday Oct 12 12:35 AM

True dat, LJ. Good ole Pudge (Blue Bell location) is one of my favorite stops when in the area. Gotta get up there sometime soon. Mebbe in two weeks. And I still have a Pat's when in Philly...it's what's open that late. And still not too bad, despite syc's opinion. Geno's on the other hand...blech!



russotto  Tuesday Oct 12 12:04 PM

$100 cheesesteak? Did Stephen Starr hire Sam from the Apprentice after Trump dumped him?



jinx  Tuesday Oct 12 12:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Syc is right about Pat's and Geno's.
The crew of Air Force One, The Secret Service and I, prefer Jim's in Essington.
Jim's still has the nasty, crusty old 5lb can of Whiz sitting next to the grill though. That puts me right off.
And I'd rather spend my $100 on Omakase at Morimoto than any cheesesteak from anywhere.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 12 06:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx
Jim's still has the nasty, crusty old 5lb can of Whiz sitting next to the grill though. That puts me right off.
Nay, nay! Never seen Whiz at Jim's. Provolone or American and Swiss if you whine, but never Whiz.

Industrial Highway(291) at Lincoln(420)??


jinx  Tuesday Oct 12 07:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Nay, nay! Never seen Whiz at Jim's. Provolone or American and Swiss if you whine, but never Whiz.

Industrial Highway(291) at Lincoln(420)??
No, sorry, I was thinking of Jim's on Baltimore Pk in Springfield.


elSicomoro  Tuesday Oct 12 09:32 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a real cheesesteak:




elSicomoro  Tuesday Oct 12 09:40 PM

Another photo of said steak:




Clodfobble  Tuesday Oct 12 09:46 PM

But... But... There's no cheese on it!



elSicomoro  Tuesday Oct 12 09:53 PM

It's inside the steak...some places serve 'em like that.



bobspoon  Wednesday Oct 13 06:07 AM

eww

Sycamore, that looks for all the world like a turd in a bun.

Do they ever make them look any more appetising than that? With some salad, perhaps?



alphageek31337  Wednesday Oct 13 06:13 AM

Questions:

What is an heirloom shaved tomato?

Is Kobe beef really all that worth it?

What wine would you recommend with a steak sandwich? (I'm thinking Thunderbird or Wild I)



Katkeeper  Wednesday Oct 13 08:24 AM

Heirloom tomatoes are tomatoes grown from seeds from plants that are rarely grown, but which have more flavor. I have had them a couple fo times, and they are wonderful.

Kobe beef is supposed to be the best - the most flavorful, the most tender, etc. It is Japanese and very expensive.

Steak sandwich wine - any good red will do. Unless it is a Kobe beef steak in which case the Bordeaux still stands as arecommendation. (Ignoring the Thunderbird...)



Troubleshooter  Wednesday Oct 13 09:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
Philadelphia restauranteur Stephen Starr has come up with this offering for a new city location: a $100 cheesesteak. "...made of sliced Kobe beef, melted Taleggio cheese, shaved truffles, sauteed foie gras, caramelized onions and heirloom shaved tomatoes on a homemade brioche roll brushed with truffle butter and squirted with homemade mustard."
It sounds like he's trying to do to the sandwich what the Harley factory did to their bikes.

There's a reason there are so many of those "FTF" stickers on the cars of people who have been riding Harleys for a long time.


jinx  Wednesday Oct 13 10:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Katkeeper

Kobe beef is supposed to be the best - the most flavorful, the most tender, etc. It is Japanese and very expensive.
I was underwhelmed with it myself.


glatt  Wednesday Oct 13 11:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Katkeeper
Kobe beef is supposed to be the best - the most flavorful, the most tender, etc. It is Japanese and very expensive.
And it's certified mad cow free, unlike US beef. The Japanese test 100% of their beef, while we test a tenth of one percent.


russotto  Wednesday Oct 13 02:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by alphageek31337
Questions:

What is an heirloom shaved tomato?

Is Kobe beef really all that worth it?

What wine would you recommend with a steak sandwich? (I'm thinking Thunderbird or Wild I)
1) Who cares? A tomato, while technically a fruit, is rather close to vegetable-ness, and I'm not eating it on a steak. The only vegetable-type things which belong on a steak are onions and (optionally) peppers (which are also fruits).

2) Kobe beef has flavors so subtle, you might even say it's tasteless. Doesn't belong on a steak either.

3) Anything red with a screw-top will do. If you MUST use a corked wine, just grab the red-wine special at the State Store; should run you about $6. Better yet, get a beer instead.


elSicomoro  Wednesday Oct 13 03:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobspoon
Sycamore, that looks for all the world like a turd in a bun.

Do they ever make them look any more appetising than that? With some salad, perhaps?
Keep in mind that I took the photo with a 35mm camera. Plus, that's a plain one (just meat and cheese)...some folks like to dress theirs up with onions, peppers, ketchup, hot sauce and/or mayo.

That was the first time I've ever had Dalessandro's, and it was pretty good. Not the best I've ever had, but way better than Pat's or Geno's.


jinx  Wednesday Oct 13 04:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobspoon
Do they ever make them look any more appetising than that? With some salad, perhaps?
That would be a cheese steak hoagie.


Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 13 06:13 PM

Dalessandro's is known for the immense amount of meat they give you which is one reason why it looks like that.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 13 07:18 PM

photographing food to look tasty is very difficult. Pro food photographers don't use real food most of the time. The props they use look gross in person but it works in pictures. Like meeting someone wearing stage makeup.
Plus Syc isn't the photographer in the family.



wolf  Wednesday Oct 13 10:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim
happy birthday, terry. wolf, does Pudge's still exist? THAT'S a proper cheesesteak. word. to your mamma.
Yep. Pudges was still there last time I drove past.

Since I am held prisoner at the nuthouse I don't get to have steaks from there very often though. I live about um ... 7 minutes away. in traffic.


BigV  Thursday Feb 10 03:52 PM

what to drink with a $100 sandwich

or maybe with 100 sandwiches...

http://weird-news.news.designerz.com...r-martini.html



wolf  Friday Feb 11 02:29 AM

What if you slurp down the diamond? (yes, I know the biological processes which result in the return of the gemstone, but do they warn unknowning recipient about the prize?)



York  Friday Feb 11 11:29 AM

Damn guys, ive never seen that before! It just looks like a sandwich with pita-meat and cheese!! I wouldnt be eating that for 100 bucks... il have a real Belgian " Croque Truf Tropic" Like a toast with cheese, truffels, some exotic fruit that is marinated in Champagne, and slices of thin meat called "Ossehaas".... for only 50 bucks...



wolf  Friday Feb 11 12:28 PM

If you ever get to Philadelphia, we'll get you a real cheesesteak.

For about $5.



Hajik  Friday Feb 11 01:00 PM

I'm all set with my ham sandwich. If I buy a $100 cheesesteak it better come with a TV, or at the very least a VCR.



jaguar  Friday Feb 11 01:00 PM

Almost worth being fingerprinted for



jaguar  Monday Feb 14 04:52 AM

someone on here at one point (I think it was syc) posted a cheesesteak recipe, anyone know where the hell that went? Working a rather long pull tonight and I think I'll be ready for a heart-attack inducing meal afterwards.



Undertoad  Monday Feb 14 08:28 AM

Many have tried and all have failed because to make it right requires a crusty firm long roll, a deli slicer, the right kind of beef cut, and a large hot grill you can stand over with sweat dripping off your brow into the meat.



russotto  Monday Feb 14 09:41 AM

I've had what the Kiwis think is a cheese steak. No real resemblance. (heck, they can't even do a burger). I'm guessing the Aussies can't do much better.
.



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