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Philly Slim’s

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 28, 2006

An outpost of Philly Slim’s, a restaurant specializing in Philly cheesesteaks, recently opened up near our apartment. In the weeks since its opening, the place has been near-empty every time I’ve walked past it. Without proper intel (i.e. a recommendation from friends or perhaps New York magazine), no one in the neighborhood wants to make the first move; when people wander by to glance at the menu, they take its emptiness as a sign that the food’s bad and head somewhere else for a meal. It’s a real catch-22 situation.

Last week, we were in the mood for some serious comfort food, so we tried out Philly Slim’s. And surprise of surprises, it was good. Really good. I tend to be disappointed by most steak sandwiches — the meat is usually thick, tough, and looks like it’s been boiled for weeks — but Philly Slim’s steak has a nice flavor and is sliced/chopped thin. The roll is nice & soft and doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the sandwich. The rest is pretty straightforward…Cheez Whiz, BBQ sauce, mayo, pickles, bacon, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and lettuce are among the toppings you can get on your sandwich. Add a Philadelphia-area soda, some onion rings, and a Tastykake for dessert, and you’re golden.

Bottom line: if you’re in the Union Square area and hungry, check out Philly Slim’s on University between 12th and 13th Streets. Ignore the lack of line and head on in.