Load Up at Philly Flattop

Food & Drink


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on August 12, 2014

Philly Flattop Food Truck


Update: Philly Flattop has updated their prices since this post was written.

You may be wondering where all the pictures are. Where is the photo shoot we’ve gotten used to seeing? Maybe you never actually make it through the endless jabber under the image, making your judgement call based solely on looks. I’m sure you’re not alone. But this week, that won’t work because I’m a flawed human and forgot to insert an SD card before halting our meal to take 200 shots of a giant philly cheesesteak and friends. Oops! Twenty minutes, two full bellies and zero pictures later, there we stood with only memories.

It really is a shame, because a picture of this bad boy turns out to be very valuable. The sheer size of the sandwich is hard to believe. If I were you, I’m sure I wouldn’t be picturing anything close to the real thing. The Blue Lantern Lounge’s newest food truck, Philly Flattop is serving straight up giant philly cheesesteaks. The best part? They’re good.

Now to give you some perspective, the Loaded Philly costs $14. I’d have to say  there’s maybe $12 worth of food comin’ atcha. I think $14 is just kind of insane coming from a food truck. Anything over ten is pushing it. Could I see this sandwich being cut in half and sold to two separate people for $7 each? Absolutely. Are most people going to be able to eat this giant thing alone? Definitely not. Add one of their thick, stacked “sides” and FORGET ABOUT IT. So $14 for one menu item probably isn’t going to cut it. Spending all your money in one place at FTT is no fun.

Let’s talk details. The Loaded Philly features Steak or Chicken, Fried Onions, Cheese, Peppers and Mushrooms. Pretty standard right? Now, lose the peppers and shrooms and you’ve got yourself a Steak Philly for just $11. Truthfully, I’m having a hard time calculating how they came up with a $3 increase in price for peppers and mushrooms. Anyone else?

Other Phillies:

  • Chicken Philly $10 – Chicken, Fried Onions and Cheese
  • Veggie Philly $9 – Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach and Cheese

Again, the prices ring in a little high for probably most people’s liking. Let’s be clear that you’re handed your food and left to your own devices. You can get some delicious entrees for less than $14 in this city, plus they come with a server, free water and a chair.

In terms of taste, the Loaded Philly is very good. It’s comparable to some authentic sandwiches I’ve tasted in the city of brotherly love. I’ve heard from a credible source that the trick to making a good philly cheesesteak is using chopped rib-eye, which was not exactly the case here. If I had to guess, I’d gander at thinly cut slices of top round, but I could be wrong. The meat was plentiful and tasty, packed into a big, fresh roll. A good amount of cheese pooled at the bottom of the sandwich, and a decent number of veggies mixed with the protein on top. The overall flavor was great, not greasy at all. If I did it again, I’d still opt for the loaded version.

In retrospect, it was a good thing we didn’t order more than one sandwich, say to try the chicken philly for example. Most of it would have gone to waste.

As a side, or what we thought would be a side, we ordered the Fully Dressed Poutine $11 – Topped w/Steak, Fried Onions, Cheese, Peppers and Mushrooms. Again, this massive order of thick fried potatoes surprised us. It’s a meal in and of itself. The fries are huge, dense and potatoey, not to mention outstanding. Either get these in lieu of a sandwich or opt for the naked fries as a side and be prepared to share. The fries are so good, they hardly need all those toppings. Again at $11, $3 more than the Philly Poutine because of peppers and mushrooms, the price is pretty steep. Luckily, it’s really, really good stuff.

Other menu items to try:

  • Taylor Pork Roll Sandwich $10 – Pork Roll with Fried Onions and Cheese
  • Philly Soft Pretzel with choice of Gulden’s Mustard or Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese ($2-$5)

Would I say it’s worth the price? To try out the truck, yes. But I wouldn’t be able to justify the cost daily.  (Side note: It’s probably not the best idea to eat a giant philly cheesesteak every day.)  If you’re in the mood for something hearty or have a hankering for a little piece of Philadelphia, certainly hunt down Philly Flattop.


Philly Flattop Details



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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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