Jacksonville "Hole in the Wall" Restaurants, Part 7September 12, 2014 5 comments Print Article
Five more Jacksonville "hole in the wall" restaurants to try.
Bongiorno's Philly Steak Shop
My first genuine Philly cheese steak was in Philly as I was traveling through (on my way to Canada). It came from a food truck. I was so nervous because I didn't know how to order one and I knew there was Philly cheese steak lingo that had to be figured out before I got into line.
You don't get to ask questions and you certainly don't get to make adjustments when you order. There's no "yeah, instead of the white american cheese can I get, like, an extra sharp ched-dar?"
I did okay at the food truck that day until I had to answer "whiz or no whiz?"
"I'm sorry, what did you say?"
"whiz or no whiz?"
"wha...what does that mean?"
"kid, do you want cheez whiz on it or not?" He held up a can of Cheez Whiz to allow for my full comprehension.
"You want to spray cheez whiz on my sandwich....? No, no thank you."
I don't care how iconic the Philly steak is no one is spraying dyed yellow "cheese" from a can on my sub.
Thankfully, "whiz" doesn't seem to be an option at Bongiorno's. Or, they knew on site that it wasn't worth asking me.
Look, I don't know what to say about Philly cheese steaks. They're good. I enjoyed my sandwich. In fact, I couldn't put it down. That s***ty American cheese combined combined with the "you don't belong in these parts" beef laid on top of the whitest bread in the universe is so much fun to eat. You feel like like a giant rat finding the food gold mine because Philly cheese steaks are made for giant rats. That's a compliment.
Their staff was fun, a bit of snarky along with their hospitality. Everyone seemed happy working in the busy restaurant.
Important note, they roast their own turkey for their turkey subs. The beef; however, that comes frozen but it's from New Jersey so, I was assured, it's a win.
2294 Mayport Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32233
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