eat all the smith & deli sandwiches – #4, rocky

rocky sandwich

Day 4.

The last time I ate a Philly Cheese “steak” sandwich was at the Hometown Diner in Connellsville, PA. The cook there made me one without the cheese and the steak. It was basically fried onions and red peppers in a roll, pretty delicious but a pale imitation of the original. I’d also eaten a vegan Philly Cheese steak in New York at Blossom du Jour and thought it was good but not earth shattering.  Before that I ate my very first one at Champs Diner in Brooklyn. The Champs one was wonderful and it set a high benchmark.

So I was pretty excited to find the Rocky on the Smith & Deli sandwich board. The Rocky is a classic Philly Cheese Steak with beef, peppers, onions and cheese toasted in a roll.

This one was damn good. The beef was pretty convincing in texture and taste and it is hard to go past the fried onion/pepper combo with melted mozzarella cheese.

The bread roll was an excellent sourdough.

The photo was kindly provided by fellow blogger Faye at Veganopoulous.  Mine was atrocious, having been taken one handed on a phone in semi darkness. What can I say? I was in a hurry to eat the sandwich!


Smith & Deli
111 Moor St
Fitzroy, 3065



  1. Yes, a truly excellent sandwich indeed. I’ve had the same problem with trying to take the one-handed pics (had to put the Home Alone on a fence to take a photo before i ate it all walking to the Museum!)

  2. Susan says:

    I had my first cheese steak in Austin, but I got them to leave off the capsicum because that stuff is the devil. Not my favourite sandwich combination ever, but pretty tasty!

  3. rosalie says:

    You don’t like capsicum??? It is one of my favourites. 🙂

  4. I saw that on the menu and wasn’t really even sure what a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich was! Might give it a go now.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Great blog! I think I have been here before but it’s been a while I think you may have had a different layout (a long time) ago! Regardless – glad i found you again! Happy MoFo!
    I’m at

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