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  • Post #61 - February 17th, 2014, 1:42 am
    Post #61 - February 17th, 2014, 1:42 am Post #61 - February 17th, 2014, 1:42 am
    slightly off topic, but is cheez whiz authentic philly or not? i've heard that it's just something tourists think is authentic, but the philly crowd never actually gets it.
  • Post #62 - February 17th, 2014, 6:00 am
    Post #62 - February 17th, 2014, 6:00 am Post #62 - February 17th, 2014, 6:00 am
    It's authentic, but not universal. That is, some cheesesteak places in Philadelphia (such as my old favorite Jim's Steaks at 4th and South) use Cheez Whiz, but other places use different cheeses.

    dudefella wrote:slightly off topic, but is cheez whiz authentic philly or not? i've heard that it's just something tourists think is authentic, but the philly crowd never actually gets it.
  • Post #63 - March 22nd, 2015, 2:24 pm
    Post #63 - March 22nd, 2015, 2:24 pm Post #63 - March 22nd, 2015, 2:24 pm
    Made our maiden voyage to Monti's today and I regret that it took us so long. Good food, great service, family-friendly, and an interesting beer list. I'm not a huge ketchup person but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the 78 Red All Natural Ketchup they brought to the table. Rolled the dice on a Cisco Brewers Grey Lady beer and was very happy with it.
    On our way out, my daughter turned around and yelled "bye restaurant!" and nearly everyone in the place said "bye" in return at the same time. Gives you an idea of the friendly neighborhood vibe the place has.
  • Post #64 - August 18th, 2018, 3:02 pm
    Post #64 - August 18th, 2018, 3:02 pm Post #64 - August 18th, 2018, 3:02 pm
    MontisP1.jpg Monti's Philly Cheesesteak w/white American cheese, tasty sandwich, crisp fries a bonus, Rocky sauce legitimately spicy.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #65 - August 20th, 2018, 7:11 am
    Post #65 - August 20th, 2018, 7:11 am Post #65 - August 20th, 2018, 7:11 am
    dudefella wrote:slightly off topic, but is cheez whiz authentic philly or not? i've heard that it's just something tourists think is authentic, but the philly crowd never actually gets it.

    From what I’ve been taught it is just another option “Wit Wiz”.

    Both available and on the menu.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #66 - August 20th, 2018, 3:19 pm
    Post #66 - August 20th, 2018, 3:19 pm Post #66 - August 20th, 2018, 3:19 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    dudefella wrote:slightly off topic, but is cheez whiz authentic philly or not? i've heard that it's just something tourists think is authentic, but the philly crowd never actually gets it.

    From what I’ve been taught it is just another option “Wit Wiz”.

    Both available and on the menu.


    In my youth in the philly area, few of the neighborhood places that provided 80-90% of my cheesesteaks even had Whiz on the menu. White American cheese (sliced but melted) was the most popular option. Provolone, pizza cheese and swiss could make an appearance but it was a special order. Never default. Some of the more popular steak places had hot-and-melted tubs of american (white), provolone, and whiz for rapid application. Getting a steak with whiz was fairly infrequent and it felt like an option for high-volume places only.
  • Post #67 - March 26th, 2019, 3:57 pm
    Post #67 - March 26th, 2019, 3:57 pm Post #67 - March 26th, 2019, 3:57 pm
    Looks like Monti's is for sale . . .

    Lucrative restaurant and bar in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood serving authentic Philly cheesesteaks (link opens a .pdf of the listing)

    SUMMARY
    Outstanding opportunity to own an established authentic Philly cheesesteak and pizza, restaurant and bar with yearly accolades and awards. Very profitable with stable cash flow and exceptional lease terms. 1,000 sq. ft. of bar, dining and kitchen, plus extra storage room. Gross lease with 8 years remaining and the opportunity to extend. Add even more revenue with outdoor seating for increased visibility and delivery. All books are in order and ready to review upon receipt of an NDA and proof of funds. Clean corporation and excellent credit with vendors. Perfect concept to add to a portfolio or easy entry for a start up. Operating Business. Please do not disturb management or employees.

    =R=
    There are many things that are legal that are not a great idea --Nick Shabazz

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #68 - March 30th, 2019, 11:03 pm
    Post #68 - March 30th, 2019, 11:03 pm Post #68 - March 30th, 2019, 11:03 pm
    I enjoyed a good meal with friends at Monti's tonight. We split an order of wings to start out. They were lightly battered and just fine. I sometimes find myself paradoxically wishing for smaller chicken wings. The various delights of a fine chicken wing can't fully align when starting with an oversized flapper. Of course, we want a meaty wing but they can be too wet, for lack of a better term, and throw off the skin/sauce/meat/delight ratios. They're good, just not fantastic. All that said, I'd get them again at Monti's.

    The steaks are great. I got a Rocky with peppers on the side. I like it hot and that Rocky sauce is the real deal. On the side is the way to go, it had me sweating.

    ronnie_suburban wrote:Looks like Monti's is for sale . . .
    I think I'd heard it was for sale last summer.
  • Post #69 - September 2nd, 2019, 1:02 am
    Post #69 - September 2nd, 2019, 1:02 am Post #69 - September 2nd, 2019, 1:02 am
    I visited Monti's tonight, solo, and in need of food to fuel a poker marathon. I got a Rocky, chile on the side, always the right way to go. That Rocky sauce has got to be one of the spiciest things on a menu in Chicago. Yelp reports they've recently been sold but everything seemed just as before. It was really quiet at what should have been a busy time, get over there and have a steak and wings.

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