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Steak or Fake? – The Domino’s Philly Review

[by Mickey Wilstone | Apr 13th, 2021]

Let me preface this review by saying that I’m not a connoisseur of the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. I like them, but I haven’t had a lot. I haven’t had enough.

Some of my colleagues have far more experience in the field than I, and I won’t pretend that I’m about to explore some new territory with this review that they haven’t. But let me state unequivocally: I love steak. So – The Domino’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. In the realm of the Philly, it’s well-known. It’s an institution. But is it a good or bad one?

Well my Colleague Eric insists that it’s a subpar sandwich experience, while resident foodie JP insists it’s sublime. So I picked up one of these sandwiches and decided to give it a try. I ordered a standard Domino’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with no bell peppers, and a pie to go with it.

The sandwich in this review consists of: bread, philly steak, onions, American cheese, other type of cheese that I forgot the name of. Upon opening the box containing the sandwich I was greeted with a quite pleasant aroma, the product smells good. And presentation-wise, it’s an appetizing looking sandwich.

As I bit into the sandwich I was immediately relieved to find that the taste itself was good, not great, but good. The texture of the meat was not as offensive as one might have guessed it would be, but it’s still very obviously meat from a restaurant that does not specialize in meat, it’s pizza-topping-quality meat, but maybe that’s okay, depending on what you want. After all, some people like McDonald’s hamburgers, and that’s okay.

The onions themselves… I thought could have been sautéed and caramelized a bit more, I found the crunch a bit distracting, but the flavor was agreeable.

One standout feature of this sandwich is the bread, and it’s a controversial one. The good thing about the bread is that it’s fluffy and tasty, resembling a large yeast roll. However, this is a double-edged sword, as one *does* get the impression that they’re using the bread to cover up a lack of meat.

Let me explain: This sandwich really didn’t have alot of meat on it, in-fact I felt a little bit cheated seeing the amount of meat and the size relative to the $8 asking price, but it filled me up surprisingly well. But I think alot of what I filled up on was bread. Warm, good, tasty bread – mind you. But bread nonetheless.

Now if you’re the kind of person that likes more meat on their sandwich than bread, this sadly isn’t the Philly for you.

Another thing I really liked was the way the cheese was melted on the sandwich, it was good, that’s all I can say.

Overall, I’d say this sandwich gets 6.5 knee-slaps out of 10 – It’s a serviceable sandwich that likely won’t leave you disappointed if you enjoy the typical fair of Arby’s, and if it’s your only option, it’s worth considering, but I do think it’s on the lower end of the Philly-scale. The quality of the meat and the portion used are just a bit lacking, and the flavor-to-bite ratio began to decrease drastically towards the end of the second half.

Thanks for reading!