In the increasingly ridiculous realm of food nativism, no "you can't get a good (food name) outside of (city)" statement is bandied about with as much weirdly misplaced anger as "You can't get a good cheesesteak outside of Philadelphia."
In a city where barbeque and Tex-Mex reign supreme, Cheesesteak House has its work cut out for it. Located off of West Davies Street, the shop doesn't look like much — and it doesn't even come with Whiz. Fortunately, the queso here’s got you covered.
For the uninitiated, Cheesesteak House has earned a reputation for griddling up some of the best cheesesteaks in Dallas since opening in 2014. If you’re not a cheesesteak fan, Cheesesteak House’s burgers, salads, and chicken wings are equally excellent.
In a nod to authenticity, owner Joel Padilla imports the bread for his sandwiches from Philly bakery Amoroso's; slightly crusty on the outside with a bit of chew, they provide a worthy foil for the generous filling of finely chopped, griddled-to-order beef topped with grilled onions, melty Swiss cheese, and any other additional toppings (green bell peppers and jalapenos make excellent add-ons), making for a sandwich that can successfully be picked up and eaten without having to resort to a knife and fork. There's no Cheese Whiz to be found here, but Padilla's housemade queso makes a tasty, if somewhat blasphemous, substitute.
This place is in a small shopping center on Davis, a bit closer to Hampton Avenue than to Bishop Arts. While the menu offers burgers, fries, salads, and chips and queso, cheesesteak is their specialty. The steak is cooked right in front of you, and they use cheese whiz in true Philadelphia form.