Friday, March 4, 2011
But Philly's Best has been gone for months now, a victim of a location (in the Del Mar train station) that never caught on as a fast-casual dining destination. (And I'm sure the apathetic employees who often closed up shop twenty minutes before the posted closing time did not help, either.)
A day or two later, however, I got a text from my friend Zach that I should try Jersey Mike's. Zach is one of my most trusted food and adult beverage accomplices (despite the fact he does not like cheese, seafood or mustard; the mind, she boggle) and I was determined to try the place, despite never having heard of it.
So I Googled it and lo and behold, there is a location on Lake Ave in Pasadena, only two and a half miles away. A few days later, Elizabeth and I stopped by for lunch.
The menu at Jersey Mike's is larger than Philly's Best, with salads and wraps, but we both knew we were going to get sandwiches. I mentioned to the girl behind the counter that this was my first time; she said I should definitely try the #17 - "Jersey Mike's Famous Philly" which, in addition to being fun to say, is their best seller. Elizabeth ordered that so I decided to try something else: the "Chipotle Cheese Steak."
As it turns out, they were delicious. The steak - which I understand is the best part of the sandwich - was not the best I've ever had (Philly's Best was better) but the peppers and onions were great, the bread was perfect, and the chipotle mayo, which I was worried would be out of the place, was a great complement to the sandwich.
So, the obvious question: which do I like more, Philly's Best or Jersey Mike's? And the answer is Philly's Best. The meat is a higher quality and they have very good fries. And, it is much less expensive. Our standard order at Philly's Best (two sandwiches, two drinks, one fries) was always $19 and change. This meal at Jersey Mike's was more than $29, a full ten dollars more. Yes, the sandwiches were bigger, but not that much bigger. And the chips and cookies were nothing special.
However, Philly's Best is gone, so the next question is: will I return to Jersey Mike's? And the answer is absolutely. It's a little overpriced but it's still delicious, and I would not mind stopping in from time to time for a cheesesteak. But I will never have the relationship with it like I did Philly's Best.
Posted by JustinM at 10:57 AM