Liberty Cheesesteak Company Review
Liberty Cheesesteak Company Review
I’d like to consider myself somewhat of a #foodie, I mean who isn’t these days? Although I have to confess I have never actually experienced the American Street Cuisines, I think the nearest I had ever been to an authentic American street vendor was watching Andy Bates American Street Feasts on the UK Food Network.
The challenge set by my editor was to try an all authentic Philly dish that is steeped in history; I am talking about the iconic Philadelphia Cheesesteak and when it comes to a true classic staple of American Sandwich, I was informed to look no further than the Liberty Cheesesteak Company which is located at Spitalfields Market in central London.
So what is a cheesesteak?
A cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll jam-packed with sliced sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. Commonly, the cheese of choice is Cheez Whiz. The art of cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavours, texture and what is often referred to as the “drip” factor. Other toppings may include fried onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and hot or sweet peppers.
According to Philadelphia’s tourist board, two brothers named Harry and Pat Olivieri, co-created the famous Philly Cheesesteak in the 1930s. The Olivieri brothers opened a small hot dog stall at the corner of 9th street, Wharton and Passyunk Avenues. The hungry entrepreneurs decided to expand on the grab-and-go culture by adding sandwiches to their services using chopped beef and grilled onion, served on an Italian bread roll. The sandwich was an instant hit with the local cab drivers, and the legendary cheesesteak was born.
Once I arrived at the destination, I briefly glanced over the menu, which only focuses on one item, the cheesesteak sandwich. Ordering was quite simple, you pick your size, select your cheese and whether you want it garnished with onions. I opted for the Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak sandwich, with a side order of Wiz Fries, Buffalo Chicken and a Cream Soda Float to wash it all down.
The first bite knocked me right out of my Yeezey trainers and teleported me across the Atlantic Ocean to the heart of Philly! This tastes like subway sandwich on overdrive! I was expecting the texture of the bread to be spineless under the pressure of the hot oozing cheese and lavish filling; however instead the bread held strongly together with amounts of diced meat, chopped onions and melted Wiz Cheese.
The Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak was a tad bit spicy but not to the point where you will be slowing down the pace on this sandwich. The meat is tender and succulent and bursting with flavour from the first bite to the last, chicken slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
What stood out to me the most was the Wiz cheese as it is not too light, not too dense, adding a layer of dimension to the cheesesteak; it’s almost a perfect texture where by you don’t ever feel like it is over empowering by hijacking the other flavours within the cheesesteak sandwich.
Now when it come to the Cream Soda Float I must declare that I am an ice cream lover from Ben and Jerry’s to Häagen-Dazs right down to my childhood favourites Walls Twisters and Vanilla Soft Scoops.
Today is the first time that I had a float, which is a scoop of vanilla ice cream floating on the surface of a soft drink. The favour of the cream soda did push through which was tasty and added a slight thickness to it, leaving a small scoop of the remaining ice cream at the bottom of my cup.
Upon finishing my meal, I must say that I was indeed full, good for the day. The prices are justified as what you are getting is authentic and a true taste of the states here in London.
If you are in London even if its only for a day you’ve got to try it out especially since you can’t get an experience like this anywhere else in the UK.
Liberty Cheesesteak Company is truly a one of one.
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