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Enjoy a sandwich the Philly Way


Ask anyone who loves cheese steak sandwiches and there's no way like the Philly way. For proof, just check out the list of cheese steak myths posted at Philly Way, a new no-frills Philly cheese steak eatery in Walker's Point.

Opened in mid-December by Dave London, who relocated to Milwaukee about a decade ago to work as program director at WQFM, and his partner Sal Monreale, Philly Way (405 S. 2nd St.) is catching on in Milwaukee.

"Business has been great," says London. "On Thursdays and Fridays the line is out the door. We've had Dustin Diamond in here, Tim Thomas, a lot of the TV people."

London, who got his Philly cheese steak doctorate at Pat's in the Italian Market strip in South Philly -- considered by many to be the best cheese steak restaurant in the world -- says things are so good he's planning on replacing two small tables with a higher-capacity bar and is clearing more space in the tiny restaurant to add more tables.

This summer, he'll open a walk-up window and an outdoor patio to accommodate more diners.

After nearly 20 years in radio, London tried his hand at a steak house on Lisbon Avenue, which he says was successful, but too much of a drain on his time and energy. So, he went into the world of Web design and always kept an eye on getting back into the food business.

"I was looking for a long time around, (before) I found this place," he says. "I knew Walker's Point was a hot area."

And it just got a little hotter, especially at lunch time.

In his open kitchen you can watch as London cooks up Philly Cheese Steaks -- made from prime Rib-Eye steaks -- Philly Dogs, 100 percent white breast meat Chicken Philly Cheese Steaks, Philly Style Spaghetti (with peppers, onions and/or mushrooms), Philly Chili (with shredded sirloin) and Philly Fries (long, fries with the skin on -- with or without Cheese Whiz!). He also makes a half-pound Black Angus burger that he unabashedly calls, "The City's BEST Burger."

But stick to the program and get the cheese steak on soft, chewy bread with your choice of American cheese, provolone or Cheese Whiz. You can also get mushrooms, hot peppers or sweet peppers.

Philly Way is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. They're closed Sundays. Alas, although he tried staying upon after bar time, he was forced to end that, "for security reasons."

London does deliver, however, at lunch time and will go almost anywhere if you make it worth his while.

"We had a delivery up in Fox Point," he says. "But it was a $70 order. I told them I couldn't promise they'd get there hot, but they didn't care. They just wanted 'em."

Call them at (414) 273-2355 or fax to 273-9738.

Talkbacks

Chastity Kamiltoe | Feb. 25, 2007 at 5:14 p.m. (report)

I LOVE THE PHILLY WAY!! Try the JK special, a cheesesteak with extra Jack Cheese, made special by David. Regulars know to ask for what i call the secret sauce sub, making the Fat Fuhry Sandwich the best thing to eat while hungover! I eat there every day, love the staff and ambiance of the place. #1 lunch spot in the Midwest! Thanks to Dave for the Mozz. Oh yeah, this is also a favorite spot for KB + Lombardo, from WKLH morning show, and many Packer players when in town (seen many there). Bucks players too. Happy New Year Mark!

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OMCreader | Feb. 17, 2006 at 1:00 a.m. (report)

Joe Joyner said: I would like to know what the Philly way myths are. I live in Nevada.

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OMCreader | Jan. 19, 2006 at 11:37 a.m. (report)

Cindy said: The Philly Cheesesteak is Great! It's so loaded with steak, you have to eat some with a fork before you can pick up the sandwich.

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