$100 cheesesteak hits the menu

Oct. 12, 2004 at 9:12 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The quick lunch staple of Philadelphia sidewalks becomes haute cuisine with the introduction of the $100 cheesesteak -- stuffed with foie gras and Kobe beef.

Barclay Prime, a new restaurant in Philadelphia has put together the sandwich that is about the size of a traditional cheesesteak but on a brioche bun spread with truffle butter to which Kobe beef, caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, Taleggio cheese and a few slices of foie gras are added, the Philadelphia Inquirer said. The sandwich is served with a split of champagne.

Ligia Richter, a customer who had one of the cheesesteaks Sunday, told the Inquirer: "I thought it would be too rich but was pleasantly surprised. The mixture of the foie gras and steak carried the whole essence of the truffle butter into the bread, which was spongy enough to capture the flavor without seeping through."

The traditional cheesesteak is a Philadelphia institution -- a concoction of rib-eye steak, grilled onions and Cheese Whiz barely held together by a long Italian roll. It can be found on countless pushcarts in the city and of, course, at Pat's King of Steaks outlets where legend has it the cheesesteak was created.

The Inquirer said Barclay Prime sold seven of the $100 cheesesteaks Sunday night while Pat Olivieri, the owner of Pat's, sold that many of his $6.25 versions in five minutes.

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