American Cheesesteak Co. – The Philly and The Cowboy

The Food

The Philly

 

The Philly – beef and cheese. With sauteed onions. Cheese Whiz.
Price: $10.00 for the large

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Cowboy

The Cowboy – shaved prime rib, crispy fried onions, homemade spicy BBQ sauce, bacon mayo and aged white cheddar
Price: $12.00 for the large

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

What better way to relieve the holiday food monotony than with a messy, juicy cheesesteak? We went out on a grey day with hopes of filling up on cheesesteak and then geocaching the calories away with our dog. By the time we got downtown, the skies had opened up into a torrential downpour, killing our geocaching fun but not our shot at a great cheesesteak.

As we rounded the corner, the fabulous smell of beef and onions cooking on the grill cut through the damp air. Through the window from the street, you get a view down the grill as they brown meat and melt cheese. We had our dog, so we took our sandwiches to go. This means it would be too difficult to juggle any of their side dishes (garlic and Parmesan fries, onion rings, ice cream sandwiches, etc) but from what I could see from the window, we need to go back and try them out too.

In the car, we unwrapped the sandwiches fully to take in all their glory (and snap these photos). We got the sandwiches “large” sized and both were heavy and messy but that is where the similarity ended. It was our first time at the American Cheesesteak Company so at least one of us had to have the standard Philly. The Philly was everything you would expect from a good cheesesteak sandwich. Hot, thin sliced beef with flavorful caramelized onions and a soft bun slick with melted cheese whiz.  I was happy to find that while the bun is soft, it holds up to the juicy fillings, staying together until the last bite. The sandwich was really filling. Next time we go and  if we plan to have sides, I’d go for a smaller one or split a large.

Although the Cowboy had the same base (bun, beef and cheese), it was a completely different beast. The BBQ sauce and bacon mayo changed the flavors dramatically, and the cheese being sliced white cheddar was melted throughout. Thinking that without the wetter Cheese Whiz the sandwich would be a little dry, but it was not, the BBQ sauce was mixed throughout and the bacon mayo ladled along the top really added to the moistness. But the real winner is the crispy fried onion strings that get put on top, they add just a small amount of crunch that offsets the perfectly moist sandwich!

We’ve never been to Philly and therefore have not tried their world famous sandwiches, but we have had several both in Canada and around the United States. In fact, we like them so much that we have a freezer full of pre-sliced ribeye philly cheesesteak meat and make them quite frequently. But the freshness, quality of meat, and topping combinations really stand out at the American Cheesesteak Company.

Next time we’re in the Davie neighbourhood, we will definitely be back for these great sandwiches and to try out their sides as well. When the Cowboy is a calling, it will be hard to ignore!

Reviewers

B –  The Cowboy
M –  The Philly

American Cheesesteak Co.
781 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2S7
Tel: (604) 681-0130 americancheesesteak.com

The American CheeseSteak Co. on Urbanspoon

Doris Jean’s Bakery – Donuts

The Food

Donuts – Various varieties available.
Price: $10.99/dozen or $5.99/half dozen (individual prices vary)

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

We couldn’t leave you hanging for too long, so the first post of the year is about those lovely donuts adorning our New Year’s post. Although we are based in Metro Vancouver, this blog spans the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the border. Being frequent border hoppers, it has become a great money saver to get items shipped to a mailbox south of the border. Conveniently, there is a fantastic bakery (and a café that will be reviewed at a later date) in the same strip mall as our mailbox.

Doris Jean’s Bakery (formally Doris Jean’s Donuts) is a small, friendly, family run Italian bakery in the prominently Dutch community of Lynden, Wa. Their donut selection hits all the favourites: cake donuts, raised donuts, boston creams (Bismarcks), fritters, filled, sugared, powdered…you get the idea. If you are Canadian, please know that these are not the sad, small, prefrozen, donuts Tim Horton’s have been imposing on us across the country (and some of the US) for around the last decade. At Doris Jean’s, the donuts are large, fresh, moist and tender. Filled donuts are heavy and expect to struggle to not to end up with raspberry or cream filling  on your shirt.

Since they switched from a donut shop to an Italian bakery they have expanded to include cannolis, lasagna, subs, and a full line of bakery items. Although they are billed as an Italian bakery, they are still in a Dutch community so they had Oliebollen (dutch doughnuts) available for the Christmas season.

If you are in the Lynden area, stop in for a treat, and let them know where you are coming from, they get a kick out of us Canadians coming down for donuts!

 

Reviewers

B –  Various Donuts
M –  Various Donuts

Doris Jean Bakery
1724 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264
Tel: 360-318-1200
http://dorisjeansbakery.com/

Dorris Jean's Donuts on Urbanspoon

Happy New Year!

2011 was a busy year in the world of EatPNW and that left our blog a little neglected. That doesn’t mean we haven’t been out there finding the next great cheap eat! So next week we’ll be back with new tantalizing posts (aren’t you already wondering where to get these tasty donuts?). Until then, have a safe and fun New Years!

 

MOD Pizza – Dillion James Pizza and Ulysses Pizza

The Food

Dillion James Pizza – Mozzarella, asiago, garlic, fresh chopped basil, sliced tomatoes on a thin crust.

Price: $6.28

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Ulysess Pizza – Mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, gorgonzola, garlic, fresh chopped basil, mushrooms on a thin crust.

Price: $6.28

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Life has found us in Bellevue twice in the past few months and each time we have ended up at MOD Pizza for a quick and delicious dinner. Located across the street from Bellevue Square, the restaurant has a super slick, hip, modern vibe. MOD stands for Made On Demand and that’s exactly what happens. Choose one of their 10 specialty pizzas or create your own. Then it is made right before your eyes and quickly placed in their super hot oven. Less than five minutes later, they are calling your name to pick up your pizza.

The pizzas are slightly larger than a regular personal size pizza and are simply made with fresh ingredients. The crust is thin with a puffy edge that shows blistering and charring from the hot oven. Both pizzas we tried had no tomato sauce and no meat yet were very flavourful with the garlic and basil taking center stage. Every time we leave this restaurant, we lament that there isn’t a place like this closer to home. Maybe it’s a good thing that there isn’t one in our neighbourhood. The quality, service and price would have us here every week.

Reviewers

B –  Ulysess Pizza
M –  Dillion James Pizza

MOD Super Fast Pizza 

317 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004
(425) 455-0141
www.modpizza.com
 

MOD Pizza on Urbanspoon