Cheesesteak Review #32: Chink’s Steaks of Philadelphia
4 out of 5 stars
My most recent cheesesteak review is coming at the hands of Chink’s Steaks located in Philadelphia. This review came in the same day as my last review which was Steve’s Prince of Steaks. Both eateries are within a few miles of each other so if you try one place and don’t like it, you can always just drive a few minutes to the other place. Like normal I had a regular cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions.
Bread-The roll at Chink’s is unique compared to most other places that I have reviewed. From the picture below you can see what I am referring too. The roll was pretty thin, and it was very crispy. It may not sound that appetizing for a roll to be used with a cheesesteak but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope in the future that I will have the opportunity to review some other places that use the same type of bread. Besides the texture it was tasty as well. I really wish I knew where they get their bread from because I would definitely be interested in using it for all types of sandwiches at home.
Cheese-The provolone cheese I requested was very flavorful. I don’t think they intended for it to be melted throughout the whole sandwich, but there was such a large amount of cheese included that it happened to spread throughout the whole steak sandwich by the time I was finished with it.
Meat-Thankfully they diced up the meat in to small pieces and don’t use big slices of steak. The steak was seasoned with something that made their meat some of the best steak I have tasted since I started this blog. The quality of the meat was also outstanding. There was no fat or gristle nor was it greasy. They cooked the meat pretty evenly which means I didn’t have to worry about finding any burnt or undercooked pieces.
Amount-The amount of included ingredients is one of the only complaints I have about Chink’s cheesesteak. The roll was your standard 10 inch roll, but I mentioned earlier that it was thinner than normal. Other than that there wasn’t much meat included. I probably could have used a side to go along with the cheesesteak to satisfy my hunger, but I didn’t, so I actually left Chink’s still hungry. There was tons of cheese so I can’t complain about that however the amount of fried onions was ridiculous. It was almost as if there were equal amounts of meat and fried onions, and I don’t know of anyone who would be thrilled with those proportions.
Fried Onions-The biggest complaint I had with Chink’s was the fried onions. First off there were way too many. You can see what I mean by looking at the picture below. Other than that, the fried onions were fried too much and they were just about burnt. I don’t know if that is normal or not for this place, but I hope not.
Chink’s Steaks offers up a very flavorful cheesesteak. If they increase the amount of meat and wouldn’t have cooked the onions as long they would have gotten a perfect rating of 5 out of 5. One thing about Chink’s that I was not a fan of was the length of time it took to cook up the cheesesteak. I guess I should be happy that they are made to order and that they just don’t mass produce them in bulk and hand them out a minute or two after people place the order for them. It’s a small place and you are almost forced to eat quick so that they can seat their next patrons. I can get over this i guess since their cheesesteak was really good. If you aren’t a hardcore cheesesteak fan don’t bother visiting Chink’s because their menu is just cheesesteaks, fries and ice cream.