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Here’s what happened: I went all the way up to Mira Mesa to try and find a place called “Moose’s,” but it turns out it’s not there anymore. I’d ended up wandering around a Scranton Road food court, trying to figure out where the cheesesteak place was supposed to be. The only clue I could find was a torn up sign on a table “for Moose’s Famous Barbecue,” or something to that effect. No Moose in sight.

Famished, I headed to the Westfield UTC because of rumors that there was a place in the food court there called Philly Station.

Worst idea of my week. That mall is hell! I putt-putted around the lot for an eternity trying to find somewhere to park while people in expensive cars took out their pent-up aggression out in Formula 1 parking lot maneuvers. Frazzled, I encircled the mall, found my way in, and followed the signs to the “dining terrace.” Fancy food court. Jammed with people.

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I did like the look of the ice rink, however. I have to find out if I can rent some ice skates and go zip around and pretend some Charlie Brown Christmas music is playing; which it might be...do they have music in there?

Anyways, I found the cheesesteak shop. Huzzah!

$9.75 for a 12” Philly with the works. No option of Cheez-Whiz or salami. The steak was greasy and tough, almost rubbery in texture. During preparation, the cook had repeatedly doused it with water on the flat-top, in an effort to steam the already sub-par meat into overdoneness, and I suspect that much of the flavor had been washed away like an unwanted pollutant. It did come on a nice, chewy roll, but that wasn’t enough to save the sandwich from mediocrity.

By that point, I was so hungry that I’d massacred the entire thing before I thought to try and take a picture of it. But, hey, nobody wanted to look at a lame sandwich anyways, right?

What can I take away from this? Well, for starters, poor quality meat generates poor quality sandwiches. This should be a no-brainer, but it does go to show that the picture on the Eddie’s website of the huge rib roasts is worth something.

Also, I really dislike the mall at lunchtime when my hanger is rising.

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Comments

Gekko4321 Nov. 29, 2012 @ 10:07 a.m.

Although a chain, I find Jersey Mike's Big Kahuna the best cheese steak in the land. #2 for me is Philly Frank's in San Marcos. Philly Franks is often rated top 2 in various rankings FYI.

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Ian Pike Nov. 29, 2012 @ 1:38 p.m.

I will do my level best to visit both of those places. Logistical concerns force me to make no promises, but I will put the effort in fuhrealz.

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Dave Rice Nov. 29, 2012 @ 7:39 p.m.

Well if we're throwing out suggestions to run you all over the county, Philly Steak Subs in El Cajon was awesome when I used to frequent the place years ago, but I haven't been in a while...well, maybe the lack of cravings to trek east for a sammy means it might not have been all that I remember after all...

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Ian Pike Nov. 30, 2012 @ 6:26 a.m.

That one is definitely on the list. There are actually two spots in El Cajon worth checking out, as far as I can tell.

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Visduh Nov. 29, 2012 @ 8:19 p.m.

You've given us a number of reasons to avoid this place, and absolutely none to go there. And this is UTC? Another reason to avoid going to that mall at all.

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Ian Pike Nov. 30, 2012 @ 6:39 a.m.

I could foresee going there if you were in the mall to shop and you had an incurable urge for cheesesteak. Otherwise, yeah, not much of a destination spot.

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