Recently a gentleman was doing some freelance work at my job and we got to talking about cheesesteaks. It turns out he use to cook at D'alessandro's in Roxborough. He told me that D'alessandro's was bought by a Greek family and they fired most of the staff. He also informed me that there is a place called Barry's Steaks right down the street on Leverington Ave owned by, you guessed it, Barry who use to cook for D'alessandro's for over 30 years. I know some of the people on this board are not the biggest proponents of D'allesandro's, but I have always enjoyed their cheesesteaks.
I went there on Saturday night and had a cheesesteak with american cheese, fried onions, and mushrooms. I also got an order of curly fries and a bottle of Barry's own black cherry soda. He uses Amorosa rolls and all of the cheesesteaks were cooked to order. I know a lot of people complain about D'alessandro's and the meat just sitting on the grill ( The same argument is made against Jim's, but that is a whole other issue all together ), but this did not seem to be the case at Barry's. The cheesesteak was really good and I ate the whole thing in my car in a matter of four minutes. The spicy curly fries were very good as well and the black cherry soda really hit the spot.
In closing, if you like D'alessandro's it is definitely worth giving them a try. Apparently they deliver, so if you live in that area it is worth a shot. They do chop their meat, which I prefer, so if you are a more Steve's Prince of Steaks kind of person then this might not be your place.
471 Leverington Ave, Philadelphia 19128
Btwn Mitchell St & Ridge Ave