American Cheesesteak Company

More to come as soon as I get to a screen bigger than the palm of my hand. But for now, here is a pic of my pre-Canucks game meal at the American Cheesesteak Company.

Le Biftek
Le Biftek

The follow-up after my visit to the American Cheesesteak Company –

After having a rather disappointing Philly Cheesesteak sandwich/wrap at the Rivers Reach pub in New West (it was a good sandwich/wrap but not what I would call a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich) I decided to head to downtown Vancouver and see how the American Cheesesteak Company does up their Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. My verdict – they do them up superbly.

As you can see in the picture above, they do a more traditional Philly Cheesesteak sandwich with the meat in the sandwich grilled and chopped into small bits so that there is none of that biting into the sandwich and having half the meat pull out at one time.

The young lady working the grill at the American Cheesesteak Co used her two metal spatulas like a pro to chop, flip and grill the shaved prime rib.

She added green peppers, mushrooms and onions to the heap of meat on the grill and let it all cook into one massive flavour bomb.

Just before it was ready to be lifted off the grill she added slices of provolone cheese which melted right into the mass of flavour adding another layer of ooey-gooey goodness.

After she had warmed the open bun on the grill it was prepped with dijon mayo (what dijon mustard is, I couldn’t say). The grilled mass of prime rib, cheese, onions, and green peppers was then lifted off the grill and placed in the bun.

After the grilled goods were on the bun there was a layer of arugula with a drizzle of balsamic reduction added.

Is this just a weird westcoast thing where there is a pretense of healthy food because there is a sprinkle of greenery? Honestly it didn’t detract from the sandwich but it also didn’t add anything to it.

I added a small ($3) side of frites (frites … fries… frites) to my order and was pleassantly surprised at the large size of a small order. Loads of frites. They were good, but not great.

The sandwich though – it was spectacular primarily because of the care taken by the young lady working the grill. Her preparation made this sandwich absolutely excellent in flavour and presentation.

While l  was watching the sandwich being made I was thinking to myself that it didn’t look excessively large however, once I was eating it, I realized there was a massive amount of food in the sandwich.

Bottom line, the next time I’m craving a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, I will head down to Davie Street for my sandwich fix.

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