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Illstyl3 Sammies

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Illstyl3 Sammies sells sandwiches like po' boys, cheesesteaks, and hoagies.

So named because "ill" is the middle part of "Phillies" and obviously happens to be slang for "awesome," the cheesesteaks here are actually some of the most popular in the city, slung by chef-owner and Philadelphia native Germain Marshal.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

The confines of the takeout shop may be narrow, but the sandwiches coming out of here are big, bold and spicy.

Illstyl3 Sammies TorontoThe flat top is central to the operation here, meat and onions placed down to grill first before being chopped up together, AAA ribeye in the case of beef.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

From there, other ingredients are added, as well as the cheese so it gets melty on top (typically a choice between American or provolone).

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

Ten-inch soft Italian baguettes are delivered fresh daily and kept in the oven so they stay warm and soft, sliced to order and toasted on the back of the grill while the meat is cooking, then placed on top of the meat and cheese to steam before serving.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

Your choices for toppings are pretty much limited to punchy sauces: ketchup, Dijon, barbecue, and/or a standard or "fire" version of a house hot sauce that takes at least four days to prepare.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

A classic beef cheesesteak goes for $10.75, ours topped with caramelized onions, hot peppers, and ooey-gooey American cheese that just goes so well with the molten, soft, yet full-flavoured beef.

The bread is crispy on the outside but spongy and fluffy inside, and the combination of hot peppers and hot sauce adds a fair amount of heat.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

There are also chicken cheesesteaks for the same price, made with tenders marinated in house in a mostly dry blend of spices with a little Worcestershire.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

The spices on the chicken are large and flaky and the meat is more chunky, and Dijon adds another mild layer of heat, provolone a little less gooey.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

The Paulie Special ($14) is loaded with double the steak and chicken, named for a friend who comes in after the gym. It seems ideal for this situation, hearty and packed with protein, flavour and texture.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

Crab fries ($8) are an homage to Philly joint Chickie's and Pete's, topped with fresh crab meat that permeates the fries with seafood flavour, zesty 'illspice" and a generous drizzle of the potent garlic aioli.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

Tostones ($7) are another somewhat unexpected side, a tribute to Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community and Marshal's Caribbean heritage, smashed crispy chewy fried plantain loaded with aioli and scattered with green onion.

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

A mural at the back depicts Philly landmarks, and a note next to the cash reads, "Warning: chef is sarcastic, take no offence."

Illstyl3 Sammies Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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