Cheesesteak Review #71: Salvi and Friends Pub of Bridgeport
3.5 out of 5 stars
My 71st cheesesteak review took me to my local watering hole in the borough of Bridgeport. Located on 4th Street across from Chick’s Tavern (which I’ve reviewed in the past), there is restaurant and bar called Salvi and Friends Pub. They recently added a cheesesteak to their menu so that’s why it has taken me so long to review a cheesesteak from them even though I have been frequenting them for well over a year at this point. The locals refer to this place as Salvi’s, and that’s how I will be referencing it through the rest of this review. As usual I ordered the cheesesteak with provolone cheese and fried onions.
Bread-The roll they used was only average. I don’t know what brand they used but the roll didn’t have any outstanding qualities worth mentioning. The only thing to bother me about the bread was that the roll was extremely soggy from all of the grease produced from the meat. From end to end and from top to bottom the roll was drenched with grease. I don’t think there are any rolls out there that could have handled the amount of grease that was produced from this cheesesteak, so I can’t talk badly on the ability of the roll to absorb the unwanted grease nor can I let it hurt the overall rating of this cheesesteak.
Cheese-The cheese was probably the best part of this cheesesteak due to its strong and distinct provolone taste and the sheer amount of it included. The only negative about the cheese was that the cheese was just placed on the bottom of the roll and the meat and fried onions were just thrown on top of it. A great cheesesteak has melted cheese throughout the entire sandwich, not just on the bottom of the roll.
Meat-The meat was really tasty and it was seasoned perfectly with salt and pepper. It was diced up in small pieces which is a huge plus as well. There weren’t any burnt or under-cooked pieces either which is good. However the meat produced a ton of grease. This was probably one of the greasiest cheesesteaks I’ve had since starting this blog. By the time I was done with this cheesesteak my plate was just one giant pool of grease and other juices produced from the sandwich. I don’t recall having to deal with any fat or gristle while eating the cheesesteak which is good. The greasy meat really hurt the overall rating of this cheesesteak.
Amount-It’s hard to tell from the picture below, but this cheesesteak was mammoth sized. The roll used was probably only 10 or 11 inches long but there had to be close to a pound if not more meat used in this cheesesteaks. Other than the huge amount of meat they used they included a ton of cheese. The amount of fried onions was a little below average, but I’ll discuss them further next.
Fried Onions-The fried onions they included were kind of weird. Instead of small cut pieces of onions they used long, shredded stringy onions. You can tell what I mean from the picture below. There were fried ok, but their texture was just too weird for my looking. Lastly the fried onions were only thrown on top of the cheesesteak as compared to being mixed throughout the entire sandwich. Lastly there were not very many fried onions included, which actually probably helped rating of this cheesesteak in the long run.
In all the cheesesteak from Salvi’s was only average. Their cheesesteak could of received a much higher rating if the meat they used wasn’t so greasy. For those of you who have been avid readers of my blog you know that I am on a quest to find Bridgeport’s Best Cheesesteak. I still haven’t found an excellent cheesesteak, but to date the cheesesteak from Salvi’s was probably the best I’ve had since moving to Bridgeport, which isn’t saying much for the rest of the Bridgeport eateries I have reviewed. So if you are in the Bridgeport area and craving a cheesesteak you can stop by Salvi and Friends Pub. However; their menu includes lots of other much tastier items. They also offer daily specials where you can get great deals on burgers, wings, and other things. Salvi’s offers plenty of bar seating but they also have a decent sized dining room if high-top tables, and bar stools aren’t you thing.