Cheesesteak #8 Cleavers

11:15 AM

On a Friday

Philadelphia, PA

I still have 2 major spots left to hit. Pat's and Geno's. I want to have a side by side comparison, so that review is going to have to be more planned than other lunches.

After careful consideration, I've decided that the show must go on. And by "show" I mean trying cheesesteaks.

So now I'm really just going to go wherever I want and eat whatever I want.... which isn't too different from the life I'm currently leading. 


I've wanted to go to Cleavers for quite a long time and, really, for quite a few reasons. They've got an incredible beer selection (always of interest), boozy milkshakes and floats, waffle fries, and fantastic looking cheesesteaks.

I really thought that getting all of those things the first time I went would be a little much, so instead I opted for a cheesesteak and a boozy milkshake. 

So lets get to the meat of it, shall we?

Before I start the rating, I want to say that if I could just rate the milkshake it would be a freaking 15 out of 10. It was boozy, creamy, and awesome. I can't wait to try all of their flavors and, maybe next time, throw in an extra shot.

- Rating -

So how does it rate?

The categories are:

  • Roll
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Onions
  • Team Effort (how it all works together)
  • Service (at the establishment)
  • Overall Value

A maximum of 5 points can be assigned to each category.

  • Roll - 2
    • Honestly, maybe it was because I got the seeded roll instead of the regular, but this cheesesteak would've been better served between 2 pieces of toasted white bread. There was a lack of any texture and every bite left my mouth feeling dry.
  • Meat - 3
    • Fine. Not good. Not bad. Fine.
  • Cheese - 4
    • This was an issue of cheese distribution, not volume.
  • Onions - 3
    • Good number of onions, but no real addition as far as texture.
  • Team Effort - 3
    • This was an okay cheesesteak.
  • Service - 5
    • Service was great. My meal was ready within minutes and served to me at my table. They give you a number to display and drop your order off accordingly.
  • Value - 3
    • An okay cheesesteak for an okay price.

TOTAL:  23

Other Elements of Note:

This location is NOT cash only. Cards are accepted and probably expected.

This building itself was actually quite interesting. It has an industrial feel with iron stairs leading up to a second story seating area.

There are a couple outside tables in front of the building, but be aware that they can get quite hot in direct light during the summer.

Cleavers boasts a robust beer selection that allows for you to match the perfect beer to suit your tastes. On the other hand, boozy milkshakes and floats are available in a variety of fun flavors with extra shots available for an additional fee. My pick, Birthday Surprise, is a combination of birthday cake ice cream and vodka topped with whipped cream and a cherry.


This location is fairly close to my home.

Their milkshake was AMAZING. 

I need to try their waffle fries. Since my biggest complaint is the bread, I'm guessing their Steak Fries (waffle-cut fries, ribeye steak, fried onions, white cheddar sauce) would be a very different experience.

More information, including location, hours, and menu, can be found on their website.

- Recap -

I'm extremely glad that I came here. The location is perfectly central, their food and beer selections will surely satisfy those of all tastes, and their prices are reasonable.

Their standard cheesesteak left a bit to be desired, but I'm sure something like the BBQ Cheesesteak (ribeye steak, onion rings, thick cut bacon, American, BBQ sauce) or the Effin' Hot Cheesesteak (ribeye steak, hot cherry pepper relish, fried onions, American, Sriracha Aioli) could be real culinary contenders.

I'll definitely be returning again for Steak Fries, beer, and maybe another milkshake.