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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bob's Haven Deli (Phoenixville) - Pizza & Cheesesteak

Appears a 16" round pie with freshly melted cheese over the thin layer of tomato sauce.  The dough has risen slightly around the edges of the pie. - 3

The crust is a light gold with a bread-like outer crust and underside.  Tracks on the bottom indicate that this pie has either gone through the conveyer belt style cooker, or a pizza screen.  Admittedly, I wasn't paying attention when I picked the food up.  There are no seats, and there was a crowd in there, so I wanted to get in and out. - 2.5

The sauce is of a tangy, rich, ripe, acidic tomato sauce.  It's decent as it stands but to be perfectly honest, nothing is really jumping out at me to make me think, "Wow, that is super and I can't wait to order it again!" - 2.5

The cheese seems to be a mozzarella blend with a mildly oily, slightly nutty flavor that takes a deep backseat to the mozzarella blandness that pulls ahead. - 2.5

Overall, it's not a bad pizza but there are no characteristics that would put this in the upper echelon of this area's pizza.  The dough is obviously freshly made on premises, and it shows in the flavor with the light, airy, freshly baked, neutral bread flavors.  It just needs something more. - 2.5

Total Score:: 2.6/5

The Cheesesteak

Appears a 12" submarine roll with a semi-bulging amount of thinly sliced meat flowing between the roll.  Looks like a couple pieces may have been overcooked but more on that in just a minute.  Thinly sliced onions strips are found blended and camouflaged in between the steak and flowing streams of white cheese. - 4

The roll...right off the bat, I know it's a good one.  Looks and feels like a Conshy roll, which is always a nice scene in my book.  If it's not one, it's of the same caliber.  Soft with semi-hard outer shell near the edges that holds in all the oil, steak, and cheese. - 4

The meat is of a decent quality steak.  Probably ribeye.  It's got an oil flavor sticking to it that is actually quite addictive.  The kind that you seek after a night of heavy drinking but this sandwich is coming with complete sobriety and I'm enjoying it!  Tender, juicy, with only a few end pieces that have a "crispiness" to it. - 4

The cheese is melted nicely.  It is evenly scattered and melted proportionally in between the meat and onions before flowing to the bottom of the roll. - 4

Overall, this place is a nice find.  It's a bit off the beaten path but if you're in the Phoenixville, or Charlestown area, it's a great place for a takeout cheesesteak.  I remember eating these when I was a kid because they would deliver out to my home, or a friend's place in the Charlestown/Great Valley area.  It's even better than I remember! - 4

Total Score: 4/5

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