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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.


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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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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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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