The River’s Reach Philly Cheesesteak

It is funny how our expectations of what a meal or a dish should be like can influence how we feel about the meal or dish as it is presented to us.

Philly Cheesesteak Wrap
Philly Cheesesteak Wrap

Today for lunch I had a brief client meeting in New Westminster and we decided to meet at the River’s Reach Pub. Not having tried the Philly Cheesesteak Wrap at the Reach before, I decided to give it a try.

The menu made it sound delicious – sirloin beef grilled with onions, green peppers, cheddar cheese with a chipotle mayo all wrapped up inside a jalapeño cheddar tortilla.

I admit, the Reach’s interpretation of a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich was delicious. But it was very different from what I expected to receive. And that disconnect made it difficult for me to totally enjoy this sandwich/wrap. I felt like I was eating a very good steak sandwich with some crisp green onions, not a Philly Cheesesteak.

What I really wanted was an oozy, gooey sandwich of shaved or thin sliced steak grilled with a mess of onions, peppers and cheese. And because the vision in my head was different from what was on my plate, I had a tough time accepting this delicious wrap.

So the bottom line, the River’s Reach make a great sirloin steak wrap. It is excellent. But it is not a traditional Philly Cheesesteak sandwich or wrap.
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