REVIEW: McDonald’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

McDonald's Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Okay that’s it.

I would like to dispel the following rumor: I do NOT weigh 300 pounds.

Just because I eat things like, the Burger King Angus Bacon & Cheese Steak Burger, McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich, Hot Fudge Sundae Pop-Tarts, McDonald’s Chicken Selects, and…

Holy crap. You know what, I’m amazed I don’t weigh 300 pounds.

Well at least I’ve consumed some healthy things, like POM Wonderful Mango Pomegranate. Then there was the Healthy Choice Beef Franks. Also…Um…Give me a minute…Lo-Carb Monster Energy Drink? It’s healthy right? After all it’s low carb.

Okay. Okay. I’ll admit it. There are no rumors about me weighing 300 pounds, but I have gained 10 pounds since Thanksgiving on my pale flabby body. (Wanna see pictures? Okay, maybe not.)

Well I may not weigh 300 pounds, but I’ll get a few ounces closer thanks to the McDonald’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich.

Being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it’s very rare that I get a chance to eat a Philly Cheese Steak. However, I did have the pleasure of eating a Cheese Steak from the famous Pat’s Steaks in Philadelphia during a trip there over a decade ago.

Now let me tell you, if you’ve tasted the goodness of an authentic Philly Cheese Steak, this poor attempt by a multibillion-dollar, worldwide fast food chain will make you wonder three things:

  1. Were people in Philadelphia offended by it?
  2. Why can’t a company with billions of dollars do a good job of copying a Philly Cheese Steak?
  3. What’s wrong with Grimace?

The McDonald’s Philly Cheese Steak was so bad that I decided to write a letter to it. (Yes, I wrote a letter to a sandwich.)

Dear McDonald’s Philly Cheese Steak,

You may look like a Philly Cheese Steak. You may be messy like a Philly Cheese Steak. But you sir are no Philly Cheese Steak.

Go back into the kitchen whence you came.

At least the McDonald’s French Fries are still good.

Item: McDonald’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Purchase Price: $5.79 (Value Meal)
Rating: 2 out of 10
Pros: McDonald’s French Fries with the Value Meal.
Cons: Overpriced. Messy. Not even close to a real Philly Cheese Steak.

32 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich”

  1. For the record. I LOVE Chicken Selects. And I love the Crispy Chicken sandwich, and I really think I wanna try the Ranch Bacon. 😡 Also, the sweet and sour sauce is just the best, ever. Omg, no wonder I’m a tad-bit on the large side. Nah, I don’t eat there often. 😛

  2. I agree with UncleHornHead.

    A Philly cheesesteak requires an a fresh baked Amoroso roll.

    And are people in Philly offended? Yes, they don’t even sell them here, because no one would eat them.

    They are a disgrace.

  3. I’ve lived in Philly my entire life and I refuse to eat a cheesesteak anywhere else. They don’t look the same or smell the same so I’m pretty damn sure they don’t *taste* the same.

    And to answer you’re question, I’m not sure people in Philly are angry with McDonald’s about the mess they call a Philly Cheese Steak….I think it’s probably more like “WTF were they thinking bringing this to the Philadelphia market?” Especially since you pay in excess of $5.00 for that 6″ piece of crap when you can get a *real* cheese steak on a foot long Amoroso roll for $3.50 or a two-footer for $6.00.

  4. John Rogers – Amoroso, mmmm.

    T. Marie – You know, I’m really curious about this McD’s Lobster Roll. I WANT TO REVIEW IT!!!

    hmw – McDonald’s tries so many regional menu items, and it seems like they all fail.

  5. I don’t know any self-respecting resident of the Philadelphia five-county area who would admit to eating one of those. Nasty, yo.

    Almost as bad as the Arby’s Philly Steak and Swiss. As if we’d put swiss on a cheesesteak.!

  6. I’m from the Philly area too. Wouldnt touch a McD’s cheesesteak with a 10 foot pole. As has been said.. you can get them better and cheaper..elsewhere. What will they assault us with next? A McD’s wannabe tastykake?

  7. For a lot of years I lived down the street from Pat’s Steaks in South Philly. I can tell you with a large degree of certainty that it’s not just the roll [although a fresh made roll from Sarcone’s, well, that’s heaven] — it’s the grease. There is something about the grease that makes the steak. For all I know, Pat’s employees pee in the grease every morning…but whatever they do, it’s stellar. Stellar, I say!

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