Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New cheese steak shop opens in Idaho Falls

The Franklin's Famous Cheese Steak I ate for lunch Wednesday. It was the real thing. 

Anything that purports to be a Philadelphia cheese steak needs to be careful around me.

I am a native of the Delaware Valley. In 1980-81 I worked in Center City within spitting distance of the legendary Charlie's Water Wheel on Sansom Street. In Wilmington, Del., my hometown, there is still Casapulla's, where I make a pilgrimage any time I go to see my mom.

I know cheese steaks, which is why when I saw the sign for Franklin's Famous Cheesesteaks at 170 Elm Street (where Hot Diggity Dog used to be) I entered with some degree of trepidation.

It is my duty to write about new restaurants, because it's what BizMojo Idaho readers expect. How can you write about a place without eating the food?

Cristine Garza and her partner Scott Lee opened Franklin's at the end of December, and have done little in the way of advertising other than their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FranklinsFamousCheesesteaks.

The verdict? Best cheesesteak I've had in Idaho Falls (other than the ones I've made for myself at home). The key is the roll, an amoroso, and the grill. Lee said he makes his steaks with provolone or cheddar, but not Cheez Whiz, which is what some Philadelphians swear by (but not me).

Anyway, it's nice to eat somewhere and have an altogether satisfactory experience. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is 881-5170.