I am so thrilled. As a Philly-area native, I thought I'd left my beloved cheesesteak 1500 miles away. Fortunately, I was wrong.
In the midst of a downpour, Mr. B made the trek to Billadelphia's in Euless (or Bedford, they all kind of just run into each other out here). He ordered a cheesesteak with American and mushrooms for me and a steak with onions, mushrooms and hots for himself. To be honest, I didn't expect much. Again, fortunately, I was wrong.
Mr. B said that when he picked up the steaks, he told the counterperson that he was taking this home to a native, and she'd be judging their product by what she knew. Her response? "We have nothing to fear."
She was right. They didn't.
This was an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak. Not to sound gross, but the Philly steak has a certain amount of grease. When Mr. B came home and took the steaks out of the bag, the wrappers had grease spots. That was the first good sign. The meat was chopped fine and was tender. The cheese was combined in with the meat and melted. The roll was soft and fluffy, and soaked up the grease and juice of the steak. I could have gone either way on the 'shrooms, but they aren't what makes the cheesesteak. Mr. B's was just as good.
According to their menu: http://www.bestcheesesteaks.com/chees...
they have Amoroso rolls, along with the other Philly items, shipped in weekly for their sandwiches. Some Philadelphians decry Amoroso's as a good cheesesteak roll (prefering something more crusty), but it's the brand I grew up with and it's what I prefer.
Your cheesesteak can come with a variety of cheeses, including American, Provolone, Mozz and Wiz. You can also get sweet or hot peppers, mayo, ketchup, mustard, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, onions and sauce to top it all off.
Billadelphia's also offers hoagies (subs), chicken cheesesteaks, burgers, dogs, pork roll sandwiches, panzarotti and scrapple (yes!) sandwiches. They offer fries, onion rings, poppers, chips and mozzarella sticks as sides. Also available are Philly specialties such as soft pretzels, TastyKakes, Goldenberg's Peanut Chews and Italian Water Ice.
I don't believe they have indoor seating, so it's pretty much grab and go. They may have a table or two outside, for when it isn't raining.
Will I be back? Oh, heck yes. And next time, hopefully it won't be raining, and I can spend some time chatting with the folks there to find out a little more about the business. I'm also ordering a cheesesteak hoagie (steak, American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and sweets) to see how they fare with that. I'm thinking they'll do it up just fine.
Until then, I highly recommend you make the trek out to Bedford, in the mid-cities by DFW Airport and check out Billadelphia's for the true Philly Cheesesteak experience.
Take it from a native...you won't regret it.
Billadelphia's (the building is not marked as this
)4105 Airport Fwy
Industrial Blvd Exit (Hwy 157) off I-183
Bedford, TX 76021