Columbus Home of the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich…

by Maureen McCabe on June 22, 2007


There is another chain of Philly Cheese Steak sandwich chain from Central Ohio. This time Dublin Ohio is the home of Benny’s. The original is in Dublin and they’ve opened a second location in Huntington West Virginia.

Shhh! Keep it quiet that the best Philly Steaks come from Columbus Ohio… I can’t remember if I read it in Alive or The Other Paper but the best Philly Cheese Steak chains came from Columbus or are based in Columbus. Or maybe not the best Philly Cheese Steaks… but the best Philly Cheese Steak Restaurant Chains. It’s that darn business incubator at The Ohio State University…. they’re pumping out Philly Cheese Steak Restaurants…. Steak Escape and Charley’s Grilled Subs???

The business incubator at OSU may have nothing to do with Benny’s Cheesesteak.

“Charley’s Grilled Subs, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, … Grilled Subs is best known for its made-to-order signature Philly Cheese Steak”

Wikipedia says of Steak Escape

“Steak Escape is a restaurant based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. It features cheesesteaks, fresh cut french fries, and lemonade. Locations are typically found in food courts in shopping malls as well as airports.”

buy a Steak Escape franchise? I know… I know they are chains… but they’re chains based in Columbus.

Benny’s Cheesteak has a quote

“better than the cheesesteak in Philadelphia – even at Gino’s.

The best pizza in in Columbus Ohio is in Philadelphia PA. Or is the best pizza in Philadelphia in Columbus, that’s the Columbus skyline

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1 Kaye Thomas June 23, 2007 at 12:07 pm

And I always thought they were from Philly…

2 MaureenMcCabe June 23, 2007 at 01:11 pm

I am sure they started in Philly and are wonderful there in the local shops.

I would bet Brian Brady and Rob Robinson ( I think they were both raised in Philadelphia PA) would find this entry and the idea blasphemy.

OSU’s business incubator just seems to have been used to start the big Philly Cheesesteak chains (I am not sure about this newest restaurant.)

Thanks for the comment Kaye. I was trying to leave a comment on your blog and could not get signed into my Google account.

3 Toby & Sadie June 25, 2007 at 11:57 pm

We visited Gino’s when we were in Philly last month. And I am willing to say that Brian and Rob do have a good gripe. While Gino’s didn’t live up to the “hype” it was still a great sandwich – better than any I’ve ever had at the chains. Will reserve to comment on Benny’s until I can sample their sandwich.

4 MaureenMcCabe June 26, 2007 at 03:09 am

Rob and Brian don’t have to even know that more Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches come from Columbus than come from Philly…. we’ll keep it a secret. I don’t think I have ever had one… from anywhere.

I had chicken Sandwiches at Steak Escape long ago. I had no idea it was a chain out of Columbus.

5 Bonnie Erickson July 3, 2007 at 08:32 pm

I haven’t found a good Philly Cheese Steak since I left Chicago. Can’t remember the name of the little restaurant there which served them . . . maybe George’s. I’m sure it’s long gone now, but they were Greek owners and the Philly Cheese was awesome!

6 MaureenMcCabe July 4, 2007 at 12:36 am

I don’t know if I have ever had a Philly cheese steak…. I had the chicken sandwich at Steak Escape years ago…

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