By: Dana Mason
A quick question…
You want to know where some of my favorite places to eat are? The places that don’t really look like much from the outside, but the business is booming on the inside. And that my friends are what Barry’s Cheesesteaks is. Barry’s Cheesesteaks is on Preston Highway. I’ll admit if you don’t know about Barry’s as a regular customer, you’re liable to just keep driving right past it. Barry’s, like many other businesses on Preston, is a building that’s on a very long street. Full of businesses. When I first pulled up to Barry’s I did not understand the amount of parking because in the front of the building there’s literally about 3-5 spots. But when I entered, they basically had a full house. There were couples and families, so, I was just like where did these guys park?! There must’ve been some spaces in the back.
Now that I’m inside, here’s my first impressions.
OK, the atmosphere of Barry’s is very friendly, I’m greeted by a very nice cashier, I guess I should say, and even had a conversation with one of the workers about sports. Felt kind of bad because I know nothing about sports, so the conversation was one-sided. I order a Pepper Cheesesteak. It came it came with steak, white cheese, onions, mushrooms, and banana peppers. Also, a side of fries. The wait time was no longer than about 20 or 25 minutes. Not bad at all. I’m not really a sandwich type of guy when I go out to eat, but I cannot resist a good cheesesteak. The ride home couldn’t have taken any longer, it seems like everyone likes to drive when it’s pouring down rain outside.
First look at the Food…
I’m finally home and I get to eat my sandwich. When I pull out the containers of food, I instantly go for the fries first and they were not what I was expecting. I don’t know what type of seasoning they use but these are so good. It is probably season salt, but something else in there made it sweet for a split second which is a really nice touch. Onto the main course. When I opened the plate with the cheesesteak. I. Am. Flabbergasted. I ordered a 6-inch sub, but this sandwich is a monster. The only other place I get a cheesesteak from is Penn Station. A Penn Station sandwich looks like a little hotdog compared to Barry’s and it’ll probably cost a little more too. So, I get a giant 6-inch and a good amount of fries for about $10. The sandwich is big enough to where I could visually tell I couldn’t finish it in one sitting.
First Bites and overall thoughts:
I cut the sandwich in half and started. The sandwich is just a mouthful of savory flavors. More salty savory flavors, but not so salty that I need a sip of water after every bite. To be honest, I probably shouldn’t have added the peppers because it created this nice spiciness, but there was nothing to combat it because everything else was just savory. I think if I would have gotten the sandwich with the gooey orange American cheese that would have been a better match. For me at least. But I want to keep it traditional and get the white cheese on there. I’d go back to eat at Barry’s because I still want to try the sandwich with the orange cheese. Like I said I’m not really a sandwich guy, so this visit won’t happen anytime soon. I’d highly recommend it to you guys though. Thanks for reading.