Review: Philly Steak done justice at PJ's
Gabbi Briner | On 25, Mar 2014
This tasty sandwich has stretched its crusts to the corners of the Earth. Including all the way Down Under. Even Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, 4101, QLD. Â Â PJâ€™s Steaksâ€™ mission is to supply the inner-western suburbs of Brisbane with authentic beefy, cheesy, pickle-y philly steaks.
Back in 1930, Pat Olivieri was bored. Pat owned a hot dog stand in Philadelphia, USA. One day, he decided to buy some beef from his butcher and threw it on his grill.
The sweet scent of the cooking beef stopped a taxi-driver in his tracks. He bought the worldâ€™s first Philly steak sandwich.
Word spread, and Patâ€™s boredom had bred a booming business. Add cheese, and the average sandwich-lover is in heaven.
Their old-school chalkboard menu showcases dozens of philly steak options and add-ons. Youâ€™re sure to find one thatâ€™s done just how you like it.
Pining for a substantial, meaty meal, my cousin and I hooned down Boundary Street in attempt to decide on a lunchtime spot. A vacant spot outside PJâ€™s Steaks appeared. Fate paved our way to the lunch of a lifetime.
My cousin chose a $14.90 lunch special, which included the original Philly steak complete with cheese (you can choose your cheese), pickles (you can choose between sweet and sour), chips and a drink.Â I was less ambitious and chose the original Philly steak with a pickle.
You can watch the chefs carefully crafting the components of your sandwich through the glass kitchen wall. I think itâ€™s to build anticipation. But, I was distracted by the footy on the large TV screens and the cool vintage memorabilia covering the walls.
The bread was fluffy, the cheese was sharp, the meat was flavoursome. It was indeed a perfect sandwich. The sour pickle delivered an acidic contrast to the heaviness of the sandwich, and I recommend you splash out on the pickle option.
PJ’s also stocks a range of premium beers, a bevvie perfect for washing down a grease-heavy meal.
Yet, there is a disclaimer â€“ eating a Philly steak on a hot day may lead to post-eating sweats, greasiness and a food coma. This was experienced first hand.
That aside, PJâ€™s Steaks is doing Pat proud. They serve inexpensive, authentic Philly steaks bound to make you weak at the knees as you walk past and inhale the scent of cheese and beef andâ€¦ Ahh.
What PJ’s Steaks West EndÂ
When Monday – Thursday: 11.30am-10pm, Friday and Saturday: 11.30am-12am
Where 2/173 Boundary Street West End 4101Â
ContactÂ 3844 1886