I went into my old standby Nick's in Davis Square for one of their legendary (as in best I've ever had) cheese steak subs. To my shock and horror, Nick's has changed hands and now offers what it seems is a twist on the traditional sub shop fare -- they have a big blackboard with specials like Buffalo burger -- as in Buffalo style with hot sauce and blue cheese -- and standard stuff like roast beef sandwiches on an onion roll, etc. I had a "home-made" chicken cutlet which had a decidedly creepy texture, probably from being zapped in the microwave. I don't need to go back any time soon, especially with Victor's superlative made to order chicken cutlet about 3 minutes away in Ball Square.
Nick's was not a philly style cheese steak (aka with whiz), but the standout elements were the a) bread, which was a nice crusty Italian roll, I suspect from La Ronga's bakery in Somerville and b) the quality of the steak -- not that really finely chopped stuff you so often see, but steak that actually resembled real meat and tasted great. The cheese was an afterthought although they had the perfect ratio of cheese to steak. Anyway, I really need to find an equivilent cheese steak now that the incredibly nice family has shut down/ moved on. Does anyone know their story? They've been in business for years and seemed to be thriving.
I may have contributed to the demise since I really only have a cheese steak sub about once a year ;-) but when I do, I want a great one. Where, oh where are you vaunted steaky treat?