Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chink's Steaks

6030 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135
(215) 535-9405

I had been meaning to make it to (the unfortunately named) Chink's Steaks ever since I had heard about it. However, it takes some real effort to get there, as it is located in the Tacony/Wissinoming section of Northeast Philadelphia. The name is from the original owner who opened Chink's as a small steak place in 1949 after cutting his teeth at the world famous Pat's steaks.

I think their website sums it up best "[t]he combination of the intriguing d├ęcor and beautiful waitresses, mixed with the overwhelming aroma of delicious steaks invites its customers at the front door. Many customers appreciate the beautiful staff, and the nostalgic scenery; however, most return for the exceptionally fabulous sandwiches."

At the entrance is a small but effective flat-top and you can smell the deliciousness from down the street.

As I was ready for the gut bomb, I went with two cheesesteaks, an order of crinkle-cut cheese fries and a malted vanilla bean milkshake.

Although I am not usually a crinkle-cut fries kind of guy, these were actually pretty good.

Of course, the salty bowl of whiz on the side wasn't hurting anything.

There are all types of vintage touches around the place such as display jukeboxes.

The malted vanilla milkshake was absolutely delicious.

I wanted to try the steak with fried onions and whiz – and damn! – finely chopped onions that were deeply caramelized and a healthy slathering of whiz were perfect on this meat and cheese vessel. The roll was perfectly spongy inside and slightly crispy on the outside. But most importantly, the meat. The meat was divine. Perfectly seasoned, and well cooked. I have not had a better steak sandwich that I can remember.

I also wanted to try the cheesesteak hoagie. This was another winner, but not quite on the level of the regular cheesesteak. The cheesesteak hoagie was ordered with onions, American, lettuce, tomato and mayo. I also added some banana peppers on the side. This was a delicious hybrid of two of the most famous sandwiches in our city. This is one of those situations where there is no shame in ordering mayo on your cheesesteak. Of course, I never have any shame in ordering mayo on anything, but it is frowned upon at some steak joints. The cheesesteak hoagie brings a crunchy, refreshing take on the traditional cheesesteak.

The bottom line is, if you want one of the best steaks in city, make a pilgrimage up to Chink's Steaks. You may not find religion, but you will certainly find deliciousness.


TJGersh said...

Good looking steak. No mention of the staff's appearance? Were they as attractive as their website leads you to believe?

hawk krall said...

Might be the best in the city. Apparently ordering wiz here is blasphemy, but I did it too. Delicious.

Philly Phoodie said...

@Gersh the staff was on point.

@Hawk I agree. I am usually an American guy, but the wiz was awesome.

Yellow Nazi said...

I'm sorry. I don't normally comment, but I had to address Anonymous May 20's and An0nym0u5e 's comments. First off, yes it is the name of that particular establishment. The argument at hand is whether or not it is right. I think you would agree that racial slurs of any kind are inappropriate. Yeah it was the guy's nickname, but a nickname derived from a racial slur because of the owners eyes.

Secondly, the slur "Chink" is also well rooted into US history. Its use began in the late 19th century, and riddled history with events such as slave labor treatment on the Transcontinental Railroad, the Chinese exclusion act, massacre known as the Chinese Massacre Cove and Rock Springs Massacre, Japanese internment camps, etc. So I believe the term, even though it may have alternate meanings, is solidified in racial slur history.

As for the wars, I believe you are directly focusing on WWII because of your comments. I won't bore you with the details, but basically the US and Japan were collecting territories in Asia, and war insured. Not to be a stickler about fighting, but I think dropping an A-bomb is technically cheating (joke, sort of). Just, in case you are not specifically talking about just that war, the only countries that the we(the US) have not won wars in were Asian countries (Vietnam and Korea).

As for An0nym0us5e, I understand where you are coming from with your first two sentences. But for the last part, its a new world and we all should share the love. I don't know about the 12 million part, but I wouldn't ind having a bride in every different country. :D

Its funny how people who complain about things not being PC are bombarded with angry complaints about people being PC. So basically, people complain, then others complain about their complaining. Then the original complainers complain about the people complaining about their complaining, and so on and so forth.

Susan said...

The comment is only racist if it is intended to inflame or injure. Why the need to read insults or racial slurs into everything? I am Chinese and I did NOT find the name of the business offensive, rather I enjoyed the experience of eating a good cheesesteak with my boyfriend who introduced me to this great place.

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