Cheesesteak Review #43: Shank’s Original Pier 40 of Philadelphia
3.5 out of 5 stars
My next review brought me back to the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. After the Phillies home opener on April 1st, I decided to venture over to Columbus Boulevard to try a cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions from Shank’s Original Pier 40. Shank’s is located in a really small building and most people would probably drive right by it and think nothing of it unless they were specifically looking for it. The weird location and small building made me a little reluctant to try their cheesesteak but I am really glad that I didn’t let those two points scare me away because the cheesesteak from Shank’s was really good.
Bread-First off the bread was your typical Italian roll. It was very fresh. The rest of the bread is kind of hard to explain. It was kind of flaky, and as you were eating it, the outside of the roll was sort of falling apart. I don’t know if that is normal or not, but I was not a fan.
Cheese-The cheese was probably the biggest issue with this cheesesteak. There was barely any included, and what was there was just on the bottom of the sandwich as compared to bing mixed throughout the entire cheesesteak.
Meat-The meat was my favorite part of the cheesesteak. For starters it was diced in to small pieces which is what I am looking for in a cheesesteak. Secondly the meat was very tender. Also I didn’t have to deal with any burnt pieces pieces or gristle like I have had to deal with in the past. Now on to the bad. The meat was a little dry and it probably needed to be a little more seasoned with salt and pepper. It had a very bland taste to it. However I didn’t mind the blandness as much when I got a bite with cheese and onions as well. However; if I took a bite and got all meat it kind of sucked because there was no taste to it.
Amount-The amount was pretty average. The roll almost seemed a little smaller than your normal 10 inches, but without a ruler or tape measure I can’t really tell for sure how long it was. The amount of meat included was pretty average and it did a good job of filling the roll. The amount of onions was only so-so, and like i mentioned earlier the amount of cheese wasn’t very plentiful.
Fried Onions-The fried onions were really good. They were mixed throughout the entire the cheesesteak and they were fried to a nice golden color and crispy texture.
The cheesesteak at Shank’s Pier 40 was really good. Overall I was really impressed with it. Shank’s normally doesn’t come up on people’s list of favorite cheesesteaks but I think with a little more work they would be able to compete with the best of the best in Philadelphia. Shank’s also has another location in Center City, and I am assuming both places will be similar in taste and ingredients. Other than cheesesteaks Shank’s is known for their Chicken Cutlet Italiano and I think next time I am in the area I may sample that. Shank’s actually has a pretty extensive menu and you can check it out here.