fong's kitchen: Restaurant Review: I Went to Philly

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Restaurant Review: I Went to Philly

Address: 462 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario 
Main Intersection: Yonge & College
Phone: (416) 927-9090
Hours: Mon—Wed 11:00am-10:00pm, Thurs—Sat 11:00am-4:00am, Sundays closed

I Went to Philly is a small takeout place on Yonge street that features delicious philly cheesesteak sandwiches that are awesome not only in taste but in quality and value as well.

Walking in the door the d├ęcor is reminiscent of 5 Guys; it has that retro feel to it.  There are a whole lot of dollar bills taped to the wall.  Old-fashioned dispensers contain lemonade and soups for self-serve.

The menu ranges from traditional philly cheese steak to pizza steak, along with burgers and dogs.  They have hot cheese whiz at the ready to put on anything you order. We order 2 of the “works” philly cheese steaks sandwiches—they come with provolone, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and cheese whiz.  The meat is AA rib eye beef and it is fried right there where I can watch.  The prices range from $7.90 for a traditional to $8.65 for “the works”.  Each sandwich comes with a cooked whole hot red cherry pepper.  I took small bites of the pepper (without the seeds) with each bite of sandwich; it gave it a slight kick, and was pretty tasty!

Worth mentioning on the menu: blooming onion ($5.65), deep fried PB&J sandwich ($3.65), deep fried nutella sandwich ($3.65), Yoohoo chocolate drink ($2.50) and coconut water ($2.75).

Lastly, the Philly Cheesesteak CHALLENGE. The wall of shame and wall of fame displays pictures of the winners and losers. This is not advertised on their website, but the guy behind the counter told me that if you can eat 4 philly cheese steaks in 20 minutes, it’s free—plus you get a t-shirt, and bragging rights of course.  If you fail, it will cost you $30.  I am inclined to take him up on this challenge one day.

Final grade – good value, tasty food, nice staff.  4.5 out of 5