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Richmond - Philly Phil's cheese steaks is open

rworange | Jan 15, 200607:37 PM

... but don't get too excited. Never had a real Philly cheese steak and one of the owners is from Detroit, not Philly, and owns Boulevard Fish one door down on Cutting.

While probably not authentic, thin sliced beef or chicken is fried up with cheese and choice of other things like sweet peppers, grilled onions or thin sliced mushrooms. Three sizes of sandwiches - small, medium, large.

Philly fries come with melted cheese to dip them in. Onion rings are also available. I didn't try these since meat fried with melted cheese was my walk on the wild side today.

There are a few other variations on the sliced beef/chicken sandwich. Regular supermarket type rolls.

A greasy in a good way bite if you are in the neighborhood which doesn't even have a Subway nearby, so it fills a void.

Always thought the Estonian guy owned Boulevard, but it turns out it is Philly Phil's brother-in-law that runs Boulevard for him.

There might be more additions to the menu in the future. The hoagie is in name only, just the cold version of the sandwich with the sliced chicken or beef. Cold cuts to come in the future.

The beef version is a tad better and, let's face it, we're not talking healthy, go get the beef. Actually with the frying, cheese, peppers, mushrooms and liberally sprinkled with black pepper, I initially wasn't sure which was which.

Even though that doesn't sound like a good thing, not telling the difference between beef and chicken, both were tasty enough and if I didn't have arteries to worry about, I'd probably drop by from time to time for a guilty pleasure since I'm in the nabe.

Two tables, but geared to take-out. Kind of fun purple interior. The owner has a certain style that can be seen at Boulevard Fish that elevates the places slightly from the regular neighborhood joints.

Re-reading the Boulevard post reminded me how much I liked the fried oysters. Also, the desserts at Boulevard are from Cassandra's.

Philly Phil's
3047 Cutting Blvd
Richmond, Ca

Mon - Sat: 10 - 8
Sun: 11 - 7

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