Cheesesteak Review #50: Abner’s Cheesesteaks of Philadelphia
3.0 out of 5 stars
For my 50th cheesesteak review I planned on doing something big like some type of cheesesteak challenge but unfortunately I couldn’t come up with anything good and no one else had any great ideas either. So for the big 50th review I just had a normal cheesesteak. However; this time I visited University City in Philadelphia and tried a cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions from Abner’s Cheesesteaks located at 38th and Chestnut Streets.
Bread-Mediocre at best. It was fresh and all but didn’t have too much of a taste. It seems like anymore the bread is either too doughy tasting or doesn’t have a taste at all. Really all I care about is it freshness and this roll was fine as far as that goes.
Cheese-The cheese was melted throughout the cheesesteak which was good, however there wasn’t very much of it. It had your typical provolone taste to it and it wasn’t anything outstanding, but it wasn’t bad. So I don’t have any major complaints about the cheese.
Meat-The meat was really the only issue with the cheesesteak. While there was a decent amount of tasty meat in the sandwich it was a little dry and tough and it wasn’t very enjoyable. It was seasoned with salt and pepper and tasted good but I don’t enjoy having to try to tear apart meat as I am eating it. It wasn’t overcooked or undercooked or anything like that, it just wasn’t great quality meat. The meat was cut up in to very small pieces which I like, so the sandwich at least had that going for it.
Amount-The amount was very average. The roll itself was your typical 10 inch roll. It was stuffed pretty full of meat which I liked, however it was lacking cheese. There was barely any at all included. The sandwich could of used another slice or two of provolone and it would have been fine except for the dry meat. The amount of fried onions was pretty average as well. So besides the small amount of cheese everything else as far as quantity goes was pretty good.
Fried Onions-The fried onions were really large chunks of onions which I am not a fan so that hurt the overall ranking of this cheesesteak. Also most of the onions were just placed on top of the cheesesteak. As a general rule I think a good cheesesteak has both the onions and cheese mixed throughout the entire sandwich as compared to being placed just on the top or bottom of it.
In all I wasn’t too impressed with the cheesesteak from Abner’s. It was only average at best. Nothing stood out about it so that’s why I wasn’t able to give it that great of a review. Besides cheesesteaks Abner’s has a huge menu with just about everything you can imagine on it. So I am sure they probably have something that is really good, however the cheesesteak on the day I ate there was not anything special and I probably wouldn’t order another one from them if I were to visit the eatery again. I’ve had both much better and much worse cheesesteaks in Philadelphia so unfortunately for now I can’t really recommend Abner’s for a good cheesesteak but if you are desperate for a steak sandwich around University City definitely check them out.