On the East Coast, diners fight over the elements of a proper Philly cheesesteak. But emotions run high here in the Mile High City, too. According to our expert, a great cheesesteak sandwich must have three elements: grilled steak (not roast beef) sliced thin; hot and fresh bread that’s crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside; and lots of gooey melted cheese. And it needs to be made in a certain way so that all the elements come together just right. We found a number of places that succeed that we shared last week in "The Ten Best Philly Cheesesteaks in Denver." Jeffrey agrees with one of our picks, for a very specific reason:
If the bun doesn't come from Amoroso’s ... it is just a steak sandwich. The only one who uses Amoroso’s buns is Taste of Philly.
There's a ton of places in Denver that use Amoroso's rolls.
Best cheesesteak in Philly is not made with Amoroso's.
1. Its all about the hoagie bun 2. Never ever toast a hoagie bun. That's a grinder. 3. There is a problem when Famous Philly Cheeseteaks and Beer Garden is not listed.
But it's not all about the bread, according to Alex:
I have not had a truly great cheesesteak in Denver. Ribeye is the key. Ribbons, not chopped. Most bread in Colorado blows.
Whoever wrote this is not from Philly and has "0 cheese steak credibility."
And finally, Dan says:
Find out what happened to Denver Ted's Cheesesteaks....They closed in Cap Hill and still haven’t reopened! We need the answers!
We're working on that, Dan. In the meantime, keep reading for more of our coverage of cheesesteaks.
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"A Beef With Denver Ted's"
After it was created in Philadelphia a century ago, the cheesesteak slowly spread from its East Coast roots. Today the sandwich pops up on many menus all over the country — way too many, because most cheesesteaks are a big disappointment.
It’s just too easy to cut corners on the ingredients, the technique or both. But after investigating the cheesesteak situation in Denver, we found ten places turning out totally righteous cheesesteaks.
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