Plain and simple, I love cheesesteaks. I consider it among my top three foods on which I lose all sense of willpower. I read so many reviews from people that are either from Philly or have gone there, all exclaiming how authentic this place really is. Considering Philly Bilmos gets a fresh shipment of Amoroso rolls each week, you really can't get much more authentic than that. Sandwiches are either 8 inches or 16 inches.
|And the other side|
Regarding those cheesesteaks and subs, there's roughly six ounces of meat in the 8" sub, 12 oz. in the 16" version. It's $4 more for 6 oz. of additional steak.
The Roast Pork sandwich ($7.25 for 8") comes on their garlic bread. Yup, an Amoroso garlic bread. Holy kickassballs. Yeah, I made up a word and I love it. Brown mustard or sweet BBQ sauce? Add both! Onions? Damn straight.
8-inch Roast Pork sandwich
|Soaking up all that pork awesomeness|
Here's the cross-section!
The Steamed Pastrami and Swiss ($7.95 for 8") is another huge winner with brown mustard, pickles, and sauerkraut. One of my friends (a huge pastrami fan) also had this and instantly fell in love with his sandwich. The juicy pastrami is sliced extremely thin, just falling apart in your mouth.
|Pastrami and Swiss|
|You can really see the awesome pastrami on this half!|
|Opening it up!|
|Love that sea of cheesesteak!|
|Closeup of chili and cheese|
I saw a large jug of their stuffed pickled cherry peppers ($1.35), each with prosciutto and aged provolone inside. Probably marinated in vinegar. I ate one, and I enjoyed the tangy crunch of the pepper. Not spicy at all. Feels like the ratio could be more balanced with more prosciutto. It's a fairly thick cube of cheese in there.
|Stuffed Cherry Pepper|
|Thick block of cheese inside!|
While I've been to several cheesesteak spots in the Pacific NW, there are two aspects that make this an elite place. First is their homemade mango honey habanero hot sauce -- and you can take home one of their 5 oz. bottles for $5. A bit of sweetness from the mango and honey, with the spicy aspects of the habanero shining through. Delicious. I slathered it all over my loaded cheesesteak for pure spicy panda bliss.
|Delicious Mango Honey Habanero sauce!|
While I don't have the capacity (or wallet) for 8+ pounds of food, I'd like to create my own smaller spicy challenge that seems more doable for the average Joe or Jane.
Philly Bilmos really wowed me from the get-go. KGW's Drew Carney raved about this place, and now I'm raving about it. And after the move to Washington, this place is very close by. The panda's stomach is not safe. 9.25/10