How Much is Too Much to Ship a Cheesesteak?

Imagine living in the Midwest. You have tornadoes and your state is irrelevant until a presidential election. You’re on the West Coast. Enjoy the earthquakes. The South? Hurricanes and bugs the size of cats.

While coming to grips with your grim reality, you say to yourself, “Man. I wish I had a cheesesteak from (insert preferred cheesesteak place name here) right about now.” You wander over to your computer and stumble across a food purveyor called Goldbely. This company will ship the local fusion of steak and cheese upon a bun from either Pat’s, Jim’s (62nd St.), or Tony Luke’s. How much would you be willing to spend?

I don’t hate Pat’s. I don’t hate Tony Luke’s. I quite like Jim’s on South Street, but I’ve never tried the 62nd street location. However, I cannot for the life of me figure out who is so desperate for a whiz wit that they’d fork out $99 for 4 cheesesteaks. If you’re reading this in complete befuddlement, let me assure you this is real:

Let’s examine the deals:

Pat’s King of Steaks

  • 4 for $99
  • 8 for $179
  • 12 for $219

Jim’s (62nd street, not South St.)

  • 4 for $99
  • 8 for $179
  • 12 for $219

Tony Luke’s

  • 4 for $99
  • 8 for $169
  • 12 for $209

Tony Luke’s gets a bit of a boost thanks to a $10 discount on orders of eight or twelve, but would that make you abandon your loyalties? Doubtful.

But really, how much would you spend on a 4-pack of cheesesteaks? We at Crossing Broad hold these truths to be self-evident, that not all cheesesteaks are created equal. We also disagree on how much we’d be willing to dish out for our favorite cheesesteak in a cross-country scenario:

Bob: Jim’s for $0. Literally would never have a sandwich shipped.

Chris: Steve’s Prince of Steaks for $0. Same reason as Bob.

Coggin: Jims for $0. I wouldn’t ever pay to get it shipped.

Jeff: Woodrow’s for $0. I’m with Bob. I am also of the opinion that cheesesteaks are overrated in general. My favorite sandwich in the city is the Tony Luke Italian roast beef.

Kevin: Nowhere for $0. I haven’t eaten a Philly cheesesteak in at least two years.

Kyle: Pat’s for $∞. As much as it takes.

Mike: Chick’s in Cherry Hill for $0.

Phil: ____ for $0. There is no point in eating a cheesesteak if it wasn’t freshly prepared in front of you with ingredients that were not flash frozen.

Russ: Jim’s for $15 plus free shipping. I’d make the purchase for a special event: season opener, playoff game, national TV game. I’d be more likely to buy some thinly-sliced ribeye from the butcher and make my own.

For what it’s worth, Jim’s on South Street really wants you to know their steaks aren’t being sold on Goldbely:

I reached out to Jim’s South Street to get a price on buying directly from them. A manager said they ship packs of 6 cheesesteaks, but would not provide a public price for this post.

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  • Huge Fan Of Kevin "Soul Glow" Kinkerkaid August 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

    This post made me want to slit my wrists and I listened to Anthony Gargano slobber all over himself today.

    • Vickie August 17, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Just go to Steak Out Subs in Crystal River, Florida. Absolutely just as delicious if not better than Pat’s , Jim’s or Tony Luke’s. and Gino’s

      • Phuc you August 17, 2018 at 10:34 pm

        Florida is only good for chickenheads and chads, bee-otch.

  • Cheesesteak Expert August 17, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Jim’s blows too. All three do.

  • An Inquiring Mind August 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Never understood how any local would eat Pat’s, Geno’s, etc. Those are where the tourist go to eat.

    • Mike Vick's Parole Officer August 17, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Such a tired weak reply. Plenty of “locals” eat at those places. You’re the type of c*nt who needs to feel cool because you claim to have a special cheesesteak place. Grow up moron.

      P.S. Get your Eagles calf tattoo removed too, you look like a douche.

  • comment awaiting approval August 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Dalessandro’s has always been my place

  • Phil Theecolards August 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    ahh the joy of living in a capitalistic country! Where I am free to spend MY hard earned money ANY way I choose! Albeit, I would NEVER pay to have a sandwich shipped to me.

  • Prison Mike August 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    is ishkabibles any good? and is that place in Camden, Donkeys any good ?

    • just saying August 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Donkeys is great

  • Best steak is not in Philly August 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Donkey’s and it’s not even close

    • Steak Authority August 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Donkey’s is just a hot roast beef sandwich.
      I don’t like them.

      • are you serious? August 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm

        WTF would go to Camden for a cheesesteak? The only thing ppl buy in a brown bag in Camden is a $20 bag of H.

  • Soul Glow August 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Who buys this shank meat with the pale white ‘jerk’ sauce on it?

  • Booooooooooo August 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Kinker is so Philly it’s ludicrous. Dude namedrops Fishtown like it the people from here never heard of the dump, and then snubs the “Philly cheesesteak.”

    Dude, we’re in Philly, it’s our sandwich, no need to call it a Philly cheesesteak unless you’re some loser from Fishtown who thinks it’s the coolest place on Earth. You sound like Joe Buck.

    • Kevin Kinkead August 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      you sound like Cris Collinsworth

      • Booooooooooo August 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        Dude, I’m just having fun, why do you have to go there?

        • Kevin Kinkead August 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm

          oh I thought you were the fake dog shirt guy

  • taryn hatcher August 17, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Hey Amy Dafool. I’m comin’ for you. You keep hitting that C&Ps postshow buffet. I’ll be in your PST chair in a year.

  • Mr Crowley August 17, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Amy Fatool eats 99 dollars of cheesesteaks at those restaurants. MMmmm Haha Haha

  • A Gourmand August 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Don’t order food that is frozen, and then shipped to you from across the miles. It will not be the same. BTW, I recommend The Dining Car on Frankford Avenue for their pizza steak, probably the best I’ve ever had.

  • Nick Ranalli August 17, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Vickie in eddystone is the best place to get a cheese stake when i lived there it waz called vics go eagles lol the most I would pay for 4 is 75 bucks but only from one place

  • Kevin Kinkade August 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I’m from the area but I still say “Philly” Cheesesteak. What the hell is wrong with me?

  • Please tell me that eating a cheesesteak that has to be reheated 2000 miles from here August 17, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Is that same as eating a cheesesteak fresh off the grill with fried onions and melted cheese. Uhh, no thanks.

  • In the South August 17, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    The people saying $0 have probably never been south of Delaware and don’t know what it’s like to be 500 miles away from a good cheesesteak.

    If it’s 75% as good as fresh, 4 for $99 isn’t a terrible price IMO (Pat’s, they did invent the thing after all). One halfway decent place in my area charges like $13 for one, so twice that for the real thing (plus taking into account the novelty of it), might be worthwhile once a year or so.

  • ThisBlog August 17, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Suburban douches rate cheese steaks
    – Check Action News at 10

  • Lewis Johnson August 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    This is a great idea. I love cheesesteak!

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