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Billy’s Cheesesteaks Now Open in Cherrydale

by ARLnow.com September 30, 2011 at 11:01 am 7,120 27 Comments

A new neighborhood eatery called Billy’s Cheesesteaks (3907 Lee Highway) opened this week in Cherrydale.

The restaurant replaces the four-year-old Cherrydale Deli, but remains under the same ownership. Though some of the same deli items remain on the menu, Billy’s will focus specifically on — you guessed it — cheesesteaks.

The menu includes an “authentic” Philly cheesesteak, with steak, onions and Cheez Whiz. Other offerings include the smoky-sweet Arlington cheesesteak (steak, onions, provolone and Billy’s steak sauce), the Bacon Steak (steak, ham, onions, provolone and bacon) and the Pizza Steak (steak, marinara, provolone). Lettuce, tomatoes and mayo are available, but only on request.

Owner Bill Hamrock says North Arlington needed a decent cheesesteak place.

“I think there’s a need for it in the area,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any place close by that does them well.”

Customers can substitute chicken in any of the cheesesteaks, and a vegetarian option will be coming soon, according to Hamrock. Other offerings at Billy’s range from homemade pizzas, sandwiches, pitas, subs, sides, salads and chili.

Next week, Billy’s will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hamrock said. Also coming soon: a delivery service for Billy’s and the next-door Mediterranean restaurant Pasha Cafe, which Hamrock also owns.

  • Michelle

    The most IMPORTANT question is… Where does he get his bread from? That is what makes the sandwich.

    • Cherrymale


    • Ottenberg’s Bakery in Northwest DC.

    • UnlimitedCustoms

      I don’t believe that. Especially those places that say they truck it in daily from Philly.

      • Michelle

        Just because it’s from Philly doesn’t mean it’s good.. there are crappy bakeries everywhere.

    • Clarendon

      The bread is the hardest thing to get right, but the meat is also important. It shouldn’t be hard – all you need is thin-sliced real meat (that’s chopped on the grill), but lots try to pass off reformed steak-um like product. Pretty hard to mess up the cheese or onion.

    • mrmaranucci

      Bread is one of the keys … there’s other bakeries besides Amoroso, but I think they have the shipping to steak places outside Philly down.

      OK someone has to start … where’s the best? Tony Luke’s, D’Allassandro’s or ___?

      And PS ARLNow it’s “widt” or “widout” onions.

      Hope this place can do ’em right – then I’d have Italian store for Hoagies and here for steaks. Is it too much to ask for a cold Scmidt’s or Ortlieb’s too?

      • Phillyman

        Steve’s Prince of Steaks and Chink’s Steaks

      • Ali

        Silvios in Hatboro, PA. They have an in house bakery.

  • Matt C.

    Spot on, Michelle. If it ain’t amoroso, it ain’t authentic. Still, living a mile or so from the place and an avid Philadelphian, I’ll be picking a few up for the Fightins playoff debut tomorrow.

  • John

    I wonder if this place gets as busy as the old Cherrydale Subway. There’s a cool photo of the old Drug Fair on the wall.

  • TGEoA

    Same store, same crap.

    • Burger


  • Firefighter from Philly area

    I’m a fan of Mama’s in Bala Cynwyd. Also a fan and supporter of Geno’s since Joey Vento was a huge supporter of First Responders. I trust they’ll continue that legacy now that Joey’s gone…

    For bread, D’Ambrosio Bakery is just as good (if not better) than Amoroso’s.

  • SG

    Cherrydale Deli’s gyro was the best I’ve ever had. I hope they keep it on the menu.

  • Cakes

    There used to be a store called “Granny’s Attic” (or something like that) in that location (or right next to it). I used to buy my old baseball cards there as a kid (early to mid 90s).

    Just waxing nostalgic…

    • Virginia^2

      Thanks for this – my dad knows the Thomases (the family who owned Granny’s Attic) well and they hooked me up with some sweet Barry Sanders cards many years ago. I had no idea where the place was actually located until now.

  • Narlington

    just went there for lunch good food owner is nice guy. wait was a little long but still good. I would go back again, plus I saw a cop inside so it has to be good…

    • Steamboat Willie

      +1. Good folks in there.

  • Billy T

    My mother ran Granny’s Attic for many years out of there. Before that she was out on Route 50 right next to the old soft serve ice cream place. She currently has Alzheimer’s and wouldn’t know the place in Cherrydale. She loved her shop and all of the kids that used to be in there getting trading cards. Amazing thing was that she had 7 sisters and 2 brothers, and including her mother all 11 were antiques dealers at some time or another. Ranged from Cleveland to south Georgia.

  • steve85

    I will rather drive to Philly to get a real cheesesteak

    • Steamboat Willie

      Knock yourself out Steve.

  • Stoneridge

    I had the Arlington, very good. The waffle fries are also good.
    The hours of business need to be posted on the door, I imagine Billy wants to see how much traffic he gets before making a decision.

  • alaaro

    Went this weekend, got the western (with jalapenos, chipotle mayo, etc). Really good. Bread held up well to the very juicy steak and sauce. Waffle fries were solid. No fountain drinks, which was annoying. I’ll definitely be back.

  • Toughguy

    Seriously, a steak with all this crap on it. The Philadelphia faithful should take a trip and remove all references to Philly. If you go to a place that says they have a “Philly Cheesesteak”, DONT’T GET IT…because they don’t understand.

    A Philly steak is a simple steak with an attitude!

  • Twink Boy

    Nerd Alert.


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