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Cheesesteak Review #38: Gooey Looie’s of Philadelphia

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Before my latest review I was reading other cheesesteak blogs online and I came across an interesting place that is mentioned near the top of the list on most people’s lists of favorite cheesesteaks.  This place is almost completely unknown as well.  Unless you are from Philadelphia you probably haven’t head of this place and even if you are from Philly I doubt you would know about it unless you live close by.  I am referring to Gooey Looie’s which is located in the Pennsport Mall located in Philadelphia.  Gooey Looie’s is a tiny deli that has tons of random groceries, and sandwiches at very reasonable prices.  They don’t have a website but you can find more information and see their menu and a few pictures on HollyEats.  For this review I tried the normal regular cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions.

Bread-First off the roll is huge.  I won’t get in to the size too much quite yet, but its one of the biggest I have seen to date.  Other than that the bread was really tasty.  It was still really fresh for late in the day.  It wasn’t too soft and chewy, nor was it too hard and crunchy.

Cheese-The cheese they included was really tasty and it was melted throughout the cheesesteak.  The provolone almost tasted like sharp provolone as compared to normal provolone. The only complaint I have about the cheese was that there was not enough of it to keep up with the amount of meat and onions.

Meat-The meat was my favorite part of the cheesesteak.  I don’t know what they seasoned it with, but whatever it was made this meat some of the best meat ever.  The quality of their meat is also light year’s ahead of most other places I have reviewed.  The quality was outstanding.  There was no fat or gristle nor did the meat produce any grease.  The meat wasn’t cut up in to tiny pieces like as I am used too, but they were small enough that it didn’t impact my rating of the cheesesteak.

Amount-The amount itself almost gave this cheesesteak a perfect score.  You can see from the pictures below that this cheesesteak was huge.  The bun was probably like 16 inches and it was overflowing with meat.  I took a second picture to show off how much meat was actually stuffed in this cheesesteak.  The amount of onions was proportional to the amount of meat which is also good.  The only thing to hurt this cheesesteak was the amount of cheese.  The sandwich could have used a lot more cheese.  The ratio of meat to cheese was horrible.  It was really disappointing.  I don’t know how else to explain it or what else to say about it.  With another slice or two of provolone on this cheesesteak they would have received a perfect score.

Fried Onions-The fried onions were just average.  There was a good amount of them and they were fried to a nice texture.  If anything they could have fried them for another 30 seconds or so and they would have been perfect.  The onions were also mixed throughout the cheesesteak so they didn’t let me down there either.

I don’t have too much to say about Gooey Looie’s other than Thank You.  This was one of my favorite cheesesteaks of all time.  It was almost perfect.  Next time add a little more cheese and you will be tied at the top of my list for the best cheesesteak ever.  I recommend going out of your way to Gooey Looie’s to try their cheesesteak if you are in the city.  I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.  I only wish they got a little more recognition.  Their cheesesteak would probably blow about 90% of all of the other cheesesteaks out of the water if there was a competition for best cheesesteak in Philadelphia.


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  1. March 2nd, 2011 at 09:02 | #1

    Also, try the cheeseteak hoagie, and the Italian with the works. The Italian will take at least two sittings to finish.

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