|Central's take on cheesteak, with the fired chicken peering out in the background.|
Central's version is based around 72-hour braised short ribs atop house made brioche along with shitake mushrooms and onions, and homemade cheese sauce. It is served with hearty steak fries -- a potato sliced into six wedges (different from the other fries offered on the menu) and a homemade zesty ketchup which gets its kick from Worcestershire and horse radish.
The verdict? Playful, yes, but beyond that, absolutely melt in your mouth -- I am never traveling to Philly again -- delicious. The short ribs are so tender, and their juices soak into the bread. The cheese sauce was addictive, tangy and creamy. And those fries, meaty and zesty with a coating of what I think was celery salt, and more importantly a great vehicle for that ketchup.
My one complaint is not about the food, but the presentation. This dish is served atop a thin layer of parchment paper, much like a traditional cheesesteak. Cute. However, because this is more knife and fork food, the parchment paper does not hold up, and tears, which could result in an unfortunate addition to the sandwich.
Central's take on cheesesteak is $25.