Cheesesteak Company in Brewer’s Tasting Room – A Lucky Find in North St. Pete

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Cheesesteak Company in Brewer’s Tasting Room – A Lucky Find in North St. Pete

Brewer’s Tasting Room has always been on my list of places to visit. Especially since I heard they served cheesesteaks from the Cheesesteak Company. Somehow, even though I’ve lived within two miles of the place for nearly four years, I never made it in…until now. As soon as I walked in, sat at the bar and was greeted with a friendly face, I regretted waiting so long to check it out.

My bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. She shared the extensive beer list (which I opted out of this time but will definitely come back for) and the Cheesesteak Company menu. She gave me some recommendations including the Cheesesteak Fries, Fried Pickles, Cheese Curds, Signature Cheesesteak and the Quad Cheesesteak. Since I was dining alone and had some other items in mind I wanted to try, I didn’t order all of her suggestions, but I did try a few.

I decided to start with the Loaded Tots and Fried Pickles then ended with two different Cheesesteaks, the Signature Cheesesteak and the Buffalo Philly. As you can imagine, there were lots of leftovers.

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Loaded Tater Tots

I am a tater tot lover, so I could not pass up on trying the Loaded Tots. These are layered with crispy tots, cheese fondue, bacon, bacon, and more bacon, scallions and sour cream. They do them right here by layering the ingredients, rather than piling all the toppings on top of the tots, making sure you get a hearty bite every time.

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Fried Pickles

The Fried Pickles are hand breaded with a heavily seasoned batter, deep fried and served with a side of ranch dressing. The salty seasoning with the brininess of the pickle and dipped in the ranch creates a perfectly balanced bite for pickle lovers.

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Buffalo Philly

The Buffalo Philly is served with either steak or chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese and your choice of peppers, onions, mushrooms, jalapeños and banana peppers. I opted to go for a chicken Buffalo Philly with peppers and onions, I knew a lot of flavor and heat would come from the buffalo sauce so I didn’t want to overdo the toppings. The chicken was shredded and tender, then tossed in the buffalo sauce which sopped into the bread. It was spicy, messy (like a Philly should be) and flavorful.

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Signature Cheesesteak

I ended on a very high note with the Signature Cheesesteak. I mean you can’t walk away from a Cheesesteak place without trying a classic Philly right? The Signature Cheesesteak is served with thinly sliced steak and your choice of cheese fondue, provolone or American cheese and then your choice of peppers, onions, mushrooms, jalapeños and banana peppers. Per the bartender’s recommendation, I went with the cheese fondue, peppers, onions, mushrooms and banana peppers. While I may not typically add banana peppers, they were a welcome addition adding a bit of tang and spice. The cheese fondue made the Philly pleasantly messy. The entire combination was delicious and, once again, MESSY!

If a Philly Cheesesteak isn’t messy, I don’t want it.

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Brewers Tasting Room
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Brewers Tasting Room

Brewer’s Tasting Room and the Cheesesteak Company are a great neighbor and I can’t believe I waited so long to check them out. They will be added in to my local rotation and I can’t wait for my next visit so I can taste my way across the beer list along with more cheesesteaks.

Classic Cheesesteaks served at Brewer's Tasting Room.

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