Sorry for another thread on this perennial topic, but I'm clueless enough (as a visitor now to Philly) to be unsure what to make of my first cheesesteak last night. I got into the hotel a bit late, and thought I'd walk toward Chinatown to try something. Ended up going in the wrong direction in the rain, and all I saw was a place called Jake's Pizza, I think (somewhere around Race and North Watts). I asked what's good there, and was told cheesesteaks and pizza. This place is not on my "to do" list, but what the hell. I order a steak, was asked if I want Mayo and Kethcup on it, onions, peppers, etc. Experience can't be my guide, so I said give me the basic one you like, but no peppers, use whiz (which I normally never use on anything).
The people were nice, and the steak was made right then. While I can't say what I got was "bad" tasting, I certainly didn't like it. Whiz and ketchup sat atop the meat, rather than being mixed in it. The meat didn't appear to have onions, but maybe they were chopped fine. Meat tasted nothing much, the ketchup and whiz oozed all over (I can't imagine people eating this thing in their car, like I hear some do). Basically it was nothing I'd want to try again. But is this what cheesesteaks are basically like (except that I assume some places must have tastier meat)? I'm afraid to go out of my way to try another!