When the Truck Yard's Cheesesteak Is Done Right, It Rivals the Cheesesteaks of Philly

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They're not always pretty, but cheesesteaks are delicious.
If you've had the cheesesteak at the Truck Yard and found it to be life changing, congratulations. You've just found one of the better sandwiches served in Dallas and a homage to a great Philadelphian classic.

The Truck Yard has gotten a lot of attention for its food trucks but the cheesesteak served in the restaurant and bar that frames the lot might be the most delicious thing going.

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But it's also possible that you've had a cheesesteak at the Truck Yard and found it rather ho-hum. If that's a case you're surely bummed, but here's one reason it could have happened:

Owner Jason Boso has his cooks shave entire rib roasts on a deli slicer instead of buying frozen pre-sliced meat, a move that's common in better sandwich shops in Philly but relatively rare pretty much everywhere else. And while the technique produces meat with better flavor overall, it can also produce an inconsistent sandwich.

As that whirring blade slices through what might have been a Delmonico steak destined for a smoky grill, it liberates slices of meat with highly varied levels of fat content. Some slices are ribbed by thick bands of white fat, others are red and lean. The first cheesesteak I had at the Truck Yard was good, but it looked dry as I watched it cook on the grill and it ate that way, too. The second one I ate, which started with what appeared to be fattier, meat was a revelation. Fat equals flavorful meat -- always. Even when it's eventually covered in a blanket of cheese.

I asked Boso about the variability and he said he's noticed it too. And while we kicked around ideas for improving the consistency, it's not certain that anything will change anytime soon. So for now when you order your steak ask the guy that grabs one of the meat-wads from the bin to pull one that looks as fattiest. It will be better than a lot of the places in Philly.

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5624 Sears St., Dallas, TX

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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

*ha ha*

Meat-Wad is one of my favorite characters, ever.

kfries1
kfries1

I'm from Philly and grew up on good steaks, cheese or not. First off, cheese whiz is an abomination. Provolone sucks and the only acceptable cheeses are American and possibly cheddar or swiss. That picture of a steak in the article is horrid.  All of this is my opinion but believe I know what the real thing is supposed to taste like.

For some reason, people outside Philly think Pat's and Geno's are what cheese steaks are supposed to be. Not so.Other than the inbreds in South Philly, most people view those two as tourist traps. They are open really late in the morning and drunks will go there which just proves drunks will eat anything.


The best cheese steak in Philly used to be Dallessandro's but that has passed onto Chubby's Steaks across the street. Great roll, finely chopped meat, still moist and flavorful yet cooked brown and just enough cheese to hold the meat in the roll. http://www.chubbysofhenryave.com/philadelphia-pa-steak-sandwiches-and-burgers.htm

For the record:
Fred's Downtown Phiily was a major disappointment when it was on Inwood. It put me of the later location totally. The best one I ever had in Dallas was at Dave and Busters. With any luck, they still make one that well.

Gipson
Gipson

The only problem with the cheesesteak in the picture is that I can see the meat. A proper cheesesteak has so much whiz on it that it's all you see.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I've never seen a cheesesteak like that in Philly.  It looks like burnt hamburger.  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Gipson Well........ (here I go again).... Wiz goes on top.  Provolone or American goes on the bread before the meat.  Wiz is best on a plain steak, provolone goes on a steak with fried onions and/or sweet peppers, and American goes with a mushroom steak.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ColonelAngus Fred's Downtown Philly.  Downtown is actually South Philly.  Center City is the name used for what most cities call their "downtown".  That, and the fact that Fred uses the term "Philly cheesesteaks" (never called that in Philadelphia), makes me skeptical that Fred is, as he claims, from Philly.

kfries1
kfries1

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ColonelAngus
You seem to have the Manhattan definition of "downtown" ascribed to the Philly definition. When I worked in Times Square I had to learn their definition of downtown and it struck me as strange.

Center City is Downtown to a Philadelphian.  South Philly is not downtown. Sorry to break that to you. If you tell someone you're going Center City in Philly, it's the same as telling people you're going downtown regardless of which direction you're coming from. If you want to get picky, Center City is a subset of "downtown" Philly.
Happy to clear that up for y'all.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

"Myrna Katz you have such a lovely daughter" ?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@scott.reitz  Oh, Scotty... shame on you!  I'm old enough to be your........ uh... much older sister.  Yeah, that's it, older sister...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I'll answer myself on this.  17th and Girard.  A tough-ass part of town.  OK.  He's real.

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