Charlie’s Grind & Grill’s Batangas AAA Sirloin (Grassfed) Cheesesteak
PHP 325 (Hungry portion) – Caramelized onions, sauteed peppers, and mushrooms (+PHP 55) topped with velvety cheese sauce. Served with smokey ranchero sauce and a side of jalapeῆo.
This must be the fifth or sixth time that I’ve ordered this cheesesteak at Charlie’s, and not once have I ever considered upgrading to the black angus ribeye. Why? Because I never felt the need to. “Unimported” as this Batangas AAA sirloin may be, it’s been enough to knock me off my feet, time and time again. Plus, I’m cheap as fuck. (the black angus ribeye is an additional PHP 75) 😆
I’ve only had an authentic, from Philadelphia, Philly Cheesesteak once before, and this was almost exactly how I remember it to be, with caramelized onions, sauteed peppers, Cheez Whiz, and a side of jalapenos. The only difference was that they served this one with a spicy, smokey, Mexican ranchero sauce instead of the usual, run-of-the-mill marinara. Served on ciabatta, which doesn’t quite scream Southside Philly the way an Amoroso roll would, was a good choice nonetheless, with its soft, crumbly texture complementing nicely the thinly shaved slices of beef. The Cheez Whiz was quintessential for me, but I know that not everyone likes it, so if you’re one of those, then you can substitute it with a more traditional Provolone for an additional PHP 75.
My only complaint about this cheesesteak, which I’ve had since the very first time I tried it, is that it’s fucking messy as hell. I could barely pick it up, and when I did, globs of steak and cheese would dribble down from all sides. No matter how good a sandwich is, I never enjoy having to go through an entire rainforest of napkins, just to finish my dinner. 👿
In spite of that however, this is a terrific cheesesteak and one that I will most definitely be ordering again and again. And who knows? Maybe next time, I’ll get the urge to start running around the room with scissors and finally upgrade to the black angus ribeye. 😆
Verdict: 4.25 / 5
Charlie’s Grind & Grill is located at Ronac Bldg., Madison St, Greenhills, San Juan. Tel: 477-5021. They also have a branch at 16 East Kapitolyo Drive, Pasig. Tel: 501-0137.
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