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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

CheeseSteak Grille

This isn't going to be a full review since they just opened yesterday and I just sort of stumbled across it while I was out running some errands.

CheeseSteak Grille next to the gas station on the NW corner of 16th and Old Cheney. I had noticed Mi Guadalajara closed awhile ago so the new sign grabbed my attention. I drove up into the parking lot for a closer look and surprise, they were open.

I went in and ordered a cheesesteak combo with a 20 oz. soda and fries for $5.95. You can get the sandwiches with either chicken or steak. Besides the regular cheesesteak you can get your sandwich with optional sauces including Thai, Teriyaki, Fiesta (enchilada sauce), atomic and BBQ.

My sandwich was better than I was expecting to be honest. A lot of places make sandwiches with cheese and steak on them and call them cheesesteaks but they're dry and bland. This sandwich was moist and cheesy all the way through. It was served on a nice fresh, crusty grilled hoagie roll.

It seems to be a family-run place which I like. The young woman who took my order confirmed that it was not a franchise. I should have asked more questions but I'll leave the bio and background for the LJS.

For some reason this location has been bad for restaurants. In the past two years Doozy's and Mi Guadalajara have been there with no success. Considering the proximity of Fiserv-ITI, Design Data, Time Warner Cable, Black Hills Energy and several other employers there are probably at least 2000 people working within just a few blocks on a daily basis.

One of the challenges for restaurants in that location has probably been the lack of separation from the gas station. There was never a wall or door, just a low divider. Former co-workers of mine would scoff when I told them to eat at Mi Guadalajara because they said it felt like they were eating in the gas station. That's no longer the case. There's a full wall with a glass door separating the two now. It definitely made the place feel more like a restaurant.

It's definitely a place worth checking out.


Anonymous Errandbug Restaurant Delivery said...

I was checking my links tonight...I am SO HAPPY to see that you are posting on this site again. I like having a great deal of review sites that local people comment on local restaurants. yelp & urbanspoon are ok...but nothing beats a real person writing real reviews. Looks forward to seeing a them.

This restaurants location...well there are several locations in town where restaurants go to die slow deaths...

9:52 PM  
Blogger Swoof said...

Errandug guy, email me.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Good to see that you are writing again. Keep them coming!

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

This has been my secret (unfulfilled) business plan. Curses!

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Mr. T said...

This is a very nice, informative review, and it makes me want to check them out soon. As you note, it seems that SOOOO many places have a "cheese steak" on their menu, but most are pale imitations of what I consider to be a true, cheesy, grease and juice soaked cheese steak.

Keep up the good reviews!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

I ate there today. I think these guys are probably going to do very well. They are priced right and the food is good and served fast.

I just got the original cheese steak combo. Huge soda and the fries were excellent.

The first thing I noticed was that the sandwich wasn't huge. But it was filling and for the price it still seemed like a good value.

I will definitely go back. Can't wait to try some of the other menu items.

I liked that the cheese and onions were cooked well. Onions were soft and cheese was melty. I asked for mushrooms on mine and if they put them on, I didn't see them. Still, very good though.

The bread was good too. Might be a Rotella's bun they use. Very fresh and they grill them first, which is a nice touch.

I am still a little surprised with how much food I got for a little over $6. Great deal!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous someoneeee said...

it's not that the past restaurants have had no success, more like the economy has stuck many really hard

10:58 PM  

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