Despite my love for all things sandwich-y and Philly Cheesesteak-y, I'd never been to a Penn Station East Coast Subs location until last week. Some of my friends and I have recently gotten into Flywheel, an insanely sweat-inducing and calorie-burning version of "stadium cycling" (check it out! your first class is free!), and I've been pretty proud of my sudden interest in fitness and personal health (let's see how long this lasts...). I convinced my little brother Andy to tag along to a class last week, and we rewarded ourselves afterwards with a trip to Penn Station East Coast Subs. I would like to note that all of my brothers are pretty good examples of in shape-ness, but Andy is my P90X-doing, Purple Heart and Bronze Star-awarded superhero of a 21-year-old Army veteran brother, and even he was 100% gassed when the class was over... so we deserved a carbohydrate-y reward, right?
We picked BFTB up on our way to the restaurant and debated our options for a bit before settling on an 8" Philly Cheesesteak with fries (Andy), a 6" Sausage sub with fries (me), and a 6" Chicken Teriyaki sub (BFTB). Andy also ordered a ginormous fresh-squeezed lemonade and mixed it with sweet tea to make himself a mighty delicious Arnold Palmer.
|Chicken Teriyaki Sub (minus mushrooms because BFTB is fungus-averse)|
All three of us were very pleased with our sandwiches and also enjoyed chowing down on the fresh-cut French fries. The fries were cut medium-thick (skin on!) and cooked to a nice level of golden brown. They were crunchy and really salty -just what I wanted after a big workout. The Chicken Teriyaki sandwich was juicy and loaded with onions. While BFTB opted to 86 the mushrooms, I definitely think they'd be a good addition to the sandwich. I also really enjoyed my Sausage Sandwich. It was even cheesier than BFTB's sandwich and was chock full of onions, green peppers, and a really zesty pizza sauce (pizza sauce on a sandwich?! yes please!). Of all three sandwiches, however, Andy's Philly Cheesesteak was definitely my favorite (this was probably obvious to Andy, who let me finish his sandwich when he reached an extreme level of stuffed-ness halfway in). The Cheesesteak consisted of 100% U.S.D.A. Choice sliced steak, provolone, sautéed onions, fresh mushrooms, banana peppers, spicy-brown mustard, and mayo (you can also opt to add pizza sauce to this one too).
All in all, if you like Cheesesteaks, ooey gooey sandwiches in general, or are just a big fan of the opportunity to add pizza sauce to just about anything, you should probably check out Penn Station East Coast Subs. The restaurant has four locations in Charlotte (Remount Rd., Providence Rd., Steele Creek, and Park Rd.), so it's fairly convenient for anybody living or working around and south of Uptown.
Now for the exciting part! Penn Station East Coast Subs has offered me $10 gift certificates to give away to two lucky sandwich-eaters! To get yourself in the running, follow @PennStationSubs on Twitter and let the Twitter world know how you order your Philly Cheesesteak (using #BestTaste). Shoot me an email (email@example.com) afterwards to let me know that you've done so and I'll randomly select two winners on Saturday, April 6th!
Note- The meal described in this post was provided free of charge.