Friday, January 6, 2012
Best Cheesesteak thing for Serious Eats. Max's didn't make the cut for Serious Eats but this place is really one of a kind.
Max's seems to have a pretty serious following and they are open LATE. These are BIG steaks on a soft roll with lots of chopped, well seasoned meat (but a bit dry) and one of the few cheesesteak joints I've been to where MAYO is a standard condiment. You'd probably be banned asking for this at John's Roast Pork but it's delicious. The whiz comes from a squeeze bottle. Toppings seem popular here with lots of people going for mushroom steaks with ketchup and pepperoni or sweet peppers. North Philly Cheesesteak rules are a whole different thing.
The best part is that Max's is connected to the coolest bar (and home of the largest drink) in Philadelphia where you can sit and eat your steak even if you don't order a beer (but of course you should). The people are super friendly and if you're worried about the neighborhood don't come at night but i bet it's a blast here at 3 in the morning.
Broad & Erie
Max's Steaks fan page on Facebook