Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tony Luke's: Borgata Review

This is for a series of posts for the Borgata Hotel & The Water Club including: Bobby Flay SteakWolfgang Puck American Grille, Wolfgang Puck American Grille [2], The CafeteriaTony Luke'sN.O.W.N.O.W. [2]MetropolitanSun RoomSun Room [2]Old Homestead Steakhouse, Old Homestead Steakhouse [2], Fat Burger28 WestGelato, the Borgata BuffetIzakayaBread and Butter, and Fornelletto.

I'm always on the hunt for Philly's best cheese steak. For regular readers, you know that my favorite cheese steak is from Philly's Best - ironically based in Chicago. Unfortunately, nothing in Philly has come close. Tony Luke's has been the closest iteration to what I consider a really good cheese steak. And while Tony Luke's at the Borgata is not the original location, they still churn out a great cheese steak. This time around, I had to try the roast pork as well and put it up against Dinic's.

Cheese Steak ($9.75)
Steak, onions, sharp provolone

But of course, let's start off with the cheese steak. There certainly seems to be a casino mark-up, but luckily 2-for-1 comps do pay for it. Regardless, the steak is perfecty juicy and there's a great interspersing of the sharp provolone. The buttery bread is perfect to house all the goodness. Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's don't hold a candle to Tony Luke's. I still need to get out to Gooey Louie's and John's Roast Pork to try their versions though.

Roast Pork Italian ($10.50)
Roast pork, sharp provolone, broccoli rabe

Now in terms of roast pork sandwiches, you can't go wrong with a Dinic's Roast Pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. Tony Luke's has great crusty bread and the pork is juicy, though not on par with Dinic's nor is it as plentiful. The provolone was perfectly funky though and the rabe was nicely garlicky. Not bad.

Overall, if you're looking for a decent sandwich while at the Borgata, don't hesitate to head down to the Cafeteria and get a cheese steak from Tony Luke's. You won't be sorry!

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