Everyone Knows About This Killer Philly Cheesesteak Joint in Chandler, Right?

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Laura Hahnefeld
Original Philly Steak Sandwich
Mark Janbou, co-owner of Philly's Famous Steaks & Hoagies in Chandler, says his partner, 60-year-old Philadelphia-born Mark Blaing, has been making Philly cheesesteak sandwiches since he was 17 years old.

"He opened the place in 2002 and wanted to sell us the business in 2007," Janbou tells me. "But we [Janbou and wife/co-owner, Rita] wanted to keep him on so that he made sure the food stayed just like Philly. That's why our customers [many of them Philadelphia transplants] love us."

Hungry for an iconic hoagie bulked out with beef (from Philadelphia, of course), onions, a signature Philadelphia-style "gravy," and maybe some melted white American cheese or Cheez Whiz on a crusty roll? This is your place.

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Laura Hahnefeld
You could do worse than to start with the Original Philly Steak Sandwich ($6 for an 8-inch), a hearty hoagie filled with a well-balanced array of thinly sliced steak, sautéed onions, and a standout seasoned red sauce (also referred to as "gravy") on a very good crunchy-on-the-outside-but-soft-within roll.

Janbou tells me the Philadelphia-style rolls are custom-made for the restaurant by a bakery in Chandler and that the red sauce, a signature recipe of Blaing's, gets its flavor from ingredients such as tomato paste, oregano, peppers, and a few shakes of -- who knew? -- Sweet'N Low.

A small shop tucked into a strip mall on Alma School Road (on the northwest corner of Alma School and Ray Roads), Philly's Famous boasts a menu of nearly 20 kinds of cheesesteak sandwiches and hoagies, available in 8- and 12-inch sizes.

Philly's Famous Steaks & Hoagies
1250 North Alma School Road, Chandler

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday

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Rose Sky
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I love this place. They have the best chicken Philly.


Laura, did they pay you for the promo? What a joke.   Their cheesesteak is eh and not worth the price.  Three places that are better (in no particular order):

Long Wong's/Steakenburger at 19th Ave & Dunlap.  You want a cheesesteak loaded up? You will find it here.

Uncle Jimmy's at 43rd Ave & Peoria.  You like it Jersey Style?  This is the place to be.  Their dogs are also amazing.

Coney Island at 51st Ave & Northern.  Here you will get served up Detroit Style.  This place also has excellent breakfast, quantity, quality, and pricewise.

You people need to get out more. The west side is where its at!

wherewasi topcommenter

Thanks for making me hungry.  They need to open a second location up north!


They have amazing customer service here as well! I love this place.


 @Swoosh I'm always game to venture out for great cheesesteaks so I'm definitely interested in trying these.....but now I fear you may be joking since you ended with props to the west side. The west side is for people who gave up.


SteakenBurger's Philly is da bomb!

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