4.0 out of 5 stars
For my 75th review I travelled a little outside of the Philadelphia area. For this review I visited Claymont Steak Shop located in Claymont, Delaware. Claymont is still only about 30 minutes or so away from where I live so its located within the 30-45 minute range I am willing to travel to review a cheesesteak. Claymont Steak Shop is located right on Philadelphia Pike within Claymont. Claymont Steak Shop also has a second location in Newark, Delaware. Just like the 74 reviews before this one I ordered a cheesesteak with provolone cheese and fried onions.
Bread-The bread used for this cheesesteak was kind of weird. I couldn’t tell what brand of roll it was so I did a little research online and found out the roll was probably an Italian roll from Serpes Bakery which is located in Elsmere, Delaware. I found this information on one of my favorite food review blogs, Philly Food and Beer. I totally agree with what my fellow blogger said about the bread being too “soft and squishy.” As I was eating the cheesesteak I was crushing the bread in my hands and all of the ingredients within the cheesesteak were falling out of the sandwich. The type of roll they use for cheesesteaks is definitely not a great option. However the bread tasted really good and it was definitely very fresh. For other menu items from this establishment I am sure the bread works out a lot better, but their roll selection definitely hurt the overall rating of this cheesesteak.
Cheese-The provolone they used was extremely tasty. I’m not too sure what type of provolone it was but it ranks up there with some of the best provolone I have had over the past few months. There was a lot of it included with the cheesesteak and it was melted throughout the entire sandwich, which is what I like, and also leads to a much higher overall rating.
Meat-The meat was outstanding. It was seasoned and cooked to perfection. I’m not too sure what they seasoned it with, but it was amazing. Most places just use salt and pepper but there was definitely something else they used on the meat. The meat was also cooked well. There were no burnt or under-cooked pieces. They claim to use rib-eye steak that they slice themselves. This definitely sounds right because the meat was of very high quality. There was no fat or gristle, and the meat was tender enough to fall apart in your mouth as you are eating the sandwich. There also was only a minuscule amount of grease produced from the meat, but the Italian roll they used easily absorbed it.
Amount-The cheesesteak was huge. The roll they used was 12 inches and it was stuffed from end to end with meat, cheese, and onions. This cheesesteak was probably big enough to share with another person unless you are a big eater like myself. You can get a good idea of how large the cheesesteak actually was by clicking on the picture included below.
Fried Onions-The fried onions were only average. They tasted great and all but some were fried a little long and got soft and chewy. I like a little crunchiness with my fried onions, but when you cook them too long they get a little soggy. The fried onions were diced up in to pretty small pieces and were mixed throughout the entire cheesesteak which really helped me overlook the fried onions that were overcooked. Still, overcooked fried onions are definitely better than under cooked raw onions.
The cheesesteak from Claymont Steak Shop was really good, and I came close to giving them a perfect rating of 5 stars, however the roll they used for this cheesesteak just didn’t work. If they used an Italian roll that was a little harder they would serve the perfect cheesesteak. From reading reviews online, Claymont Steak Shop has won multiple awards for their cheesesteaks and I can see why. Other than cheesesteaks Claymont Steak Shop serves up pizza, other sandwiches, and various types of entrees including everything ranging from ribs to pasta. You can checkout their entire menu here. The location I visited had tons of parking available and a medium sized dining room for dining-in. If you find yourself in the Claymont area be sure to stop by Claymont Steak Shop and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. You also might as well take advantage of tax free shopping within the state of Delaware while you are at it.