Yo Tripadvisor -- This is the NAME of the place... It is the founder's nickname, and not an intentional racial slur. Don;t be so P.C.
Ch***nk's is probably not the BEST cheese steak I've ever eaten (and I have eaten THOUSANDS) but it is certainly in the top five of all time.
It is unique, somewhere between the Steve's (whole flat slice) and Jim's (chopped to death) presentation. It works REALLY well, texture-wise. Liscio's rolls were fresh and shiny, and the Wacky Wednesday deal of a large for six bucks was fortuitous. They usually have SOME kind of deal going though.. Meat was tasty and not gristly, the white American cheese melted like a dream (but short of the sauce that Steve's is.) I got more meat than my son did, but both were acceptable portions. Fried onions were 1/4 inch cubes, and caramelized beautifully. Crinkle cut fries only get so good, but these were piping hot, and the Whiz that came on the side worked great on the sammy as well. Lots of people on Yelp complained about the Whiz, but I could see it along with American as a great combo.Whiz is what Whiz is.
Possibly the REAL best thing here is the 1949 vibe. This place is a time capsule, where only the prices have changed (and pretty minimally at that) over five decades. Everything (including real fountain sodas) are made to order. Milkshakes (the half and half was very popular) were killer. Waitstaff is attentive and friendly as you are likely to find on the East Coast. The accents tell you you;re not in Kansas, but the hospitality is sans atty-tude. It really does transport you to another era,,
We got there 12:30 and were lucky to snag the last open booth. Full of regulars, with good reason. Parking is not easy, but there are plenty of side streets, keeping the walk down to an easy block or so.
It was well-worth the 20 minute ride from the Main Line to make this pilgrimage, and it certainly won't be a "one-and-done" experience. I usually find some reason or other to venture up route 1 every month or so, and when I do, this will certainly be a set waypoint on my GPS.
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