I included the original location of Delco Steaks in one of my early blog posts in which I ran down a handful of the cheesesteaks I had eaten in the previous few months. They are in expansion mode and have opened another outlet within 10 minutes of where I live, which makes me extremely happy. They also now have a stand at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Sixers and Flyers play their home games. Another one will be opening soon in Media, PA.
This new spot in Ridley is in the building that used to house Charlie’s Hamburgers, which I’ve also written about. Charlie’s moved up the road a bit, making way for Delco Steaks. I’ve got no complaints about that. I can enjoy both places without having to go very far. And Delco Steaks has added a miniature golf course out back that they call Delcoland. Each hole has a theme related to one of Delaware County’s communities. I’ll have to check that out in the spring.
While Delco Steaks is takeout only, they do have outdoor seating next to the mini-golf course. But I took my steak home to eat.
I haven’t tried all of the elite cheesesteak shops in the area yet, so I can’t give an educated opinion on whether Delco Steaks is deserving of the ‘Best of Philly’ title that Philadelphia Magazine awarded them. Based on what I’ve read online, I would guess that’s a bit of a stretch. But they are arguably one of the better ones and probably the best in my suburban area.
The roll can make or break a cheesesteak. Delco Steaks uses seeded rolls from the Carangi Baking Company of Philadelphia and they are tremendous; definitely among the best steak rolls I’ve had. It’s not too doughy and the crust has a lot of body to it.
I ordered mine with Cooper Sharp cheese, which is their standard, although they offer several other options. There were also an abundance of tasty, chopped fried onions on it.
There are steak shops that put more meat on their sandwiches, but I’m more about proportion than an overstuffed sandwich and I thought everything on my cheesesteak – meat, cheese and onions – was very well proportioned. The meat was also well-seasoned. Some places go a bit too light on seasoning, resulting in sandwiches that are somewhat lacking in flavor. That’s not an issue with Delco.
It was such a good cheesesteak that even my cat, Madge, liked it.
I may wind up settling on Cooper Sharp cheese when going to Delco Steaks, but I’d like to try a sandwich with whiz next time. I also want to check out their burgers.
As I alluded to above, I’m extremely excited about having this place so close to me.