I have to break my “no chain” rule to talk about Canton Ohio’s greatest Philly cheesesteak sandwich. After experiencing the real deal last year at Geno’s in Philadelphia, I was a bit disheartened to learn that “real” cheesesteaks typically contain grilled onions and “whiz” – cheese whiz, that is, instead of provolone. They also frown upon mayonaise (are they insane?) but offer typical condiments you might find on a hot dog, like ketchup, mustard, and peppers. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious – a real treat to finally partake in an authentic version of this awesome sandwich. However, I would argue that we have (dare I say) a tastier version right here at Penn Station.
Penn Station seems to nail every single detail of the cheesesteak, from the meat, grilled mushrooms, onions, and banana peppers, to the gooey melted provolone on a toasty homemade roll. And they don’t pass judgement if you want mayonaise (and frankly, who doesn’t?) This sandwich is a piece of heaven, no joke. It’s something about the way the ingredients meld together, then infuse their flavors directly into the bun. It’s insanity.