So, I searched and didn't find anything really useful.
Maybe 2-3 years ago I started looking for a really great philly cheesesteak in Phoenix and I've now had, well, a lot of them. More than I'd like to admit.
A few weeks back, I found myself in Philadelphia for work, and I took the opportunity to check off two items from my Bucket List. The first was dining at Morimoto (10 course chef's tasting menu, INSANE, it's a worthy bucket list item), and the second was to have a legit philly cheesesteak. I was of course forced to choose between Geno's and Pat's...a close friend of mine who is from philly and whose opinion I trust when it comes to food advised I choose Pat's, so that is where I went.
I'm not going to sugar coat it; Pat's sucks. Roll was hard (some might see it positively in that it doesn't get soggy...) with a dried-out-sponge texture and basically no flavor, and there was too much of it. The onions were so greasy it looked like they had been boiled in oil and scooped out oil and all. The meat was completely missing any seasoning and was overcooked. The cheese wasn't melted into the meat (I went w/ Provolone, I can hear it now people saying I should have gone w/ wiz...). What I will give to it is the smell...best smelling cheesesteak ever, probably due to the number of steaks they've cooked on that griddle.
Maybe it is the real deal, maybe it's famous, and certainly I'm not from philly. So I realize that many will find that "I don't know what I'm talking about"...but I'll tell you what...the best cheesesteak I've ever eaten, by a country mile, is at Defalco's (Scottsdale Road & Oak, roughly). Order it with mushrooms and onions.
I haven't had every cheesesteak in Phoenix either, but I've had my share, and seriously, if you can find one that you think is better than Defalco's (and you've HAD ONE at Defalco's) I'll go down there today and order myself one.
Can you guys tell I'm hungry? lol
Just thought I'd share... :)