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So far, the only vegetarian fare on Sandwich Quest has been the falafel from Magic Carpet. This is not a real test of vegetarian food from my perspective. Give me the “chicken” and “steak” concoctions.
In the comment section of the first post about Sandwich Quest, reader Kristen said we had to try the “chicken cheeseteak" at Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian at South and Broad. You got it, Kristen.
This non-vegetarian was very disappointed. The consistency was fine, the bread was great, but the sandwich lacked all flavor. My food endorphins were nowhere to be found.
"It's missing something" is what I kept telling myself on my walk home. I attributed this to not having real chicken and the juice and flavors that come from it. Or maybe I should have said yes to mayo, but I rarely get mayo with any sandwich. A neighbor did mention that Govinda's does not use onions or garlic, which I would also think contributes to the lack of flavor.
It was quite a disappointing experience since I had high hopes.
Maybe it's just Govinda's? After all, this was the first fake cheesesteak of my life so I have no baseline on how it is supposed to taste. I assume as close to the real thing as you can get, right?
I'm not going to give up after only one failed quest. The vegetarian chicken and steak portion of Sandwich Quest therefore rolls on. Row Home Eats suggested the Philly cheesesteak at Sabrina’s Cafe, while Jennifer A. of Married to a Meat Eater mentioned the seitan cheesesteak at Blackbird Pizza. Any other suggestions?