Vegas Values: Direct from Philly

POP's Cheesesteak loaded with provolone and onions
Photo by Kellee Kunovic

Las Vegas is a melting pot of people from across the country, and across the globe for that matter. We’re fortunate that we get to experience “tastes of home” right here in Sin City. We might not have a specialty to represent our great state, unless you count buffets, but we have a great collection from all over. Today’s find comes from the City of Brotherly Love. That’s right, Philadelphia. Specifically, Philly Cheesesteaks.

I’ve never had the pleasure of actually visiting Philadelphia so I can’t vouch for authenticity. However, those that have been and even those that call Philly home claim POP’s serves up the real deal. The officially named Pride of Philly Steaks was shortened to POP’s by their customers, the acronym quickly caught on. POP’s is a family-owned business, the current owners acquired the existing cheesesteak restaurant in July 2002. The restaurant is easy to spot on Decatur Blvd given its A-frame design that was built in 1964 for Weiner Schnitzel. And, in true Vegas fashion, neon shines brightly to lure customers 24/7, 365 days a year.

POP’s offers walk-up ordering and no indoor dining, but you can sit outside on their street-side patio that is scattered with retro bar stools and high top tables. When you approach the ordering window your attention will be drawn to the sizzle of the grill before you and the savory scents wafting from it. Don’t let it distract you. Place your order with the grill master and he’ll prepare your very own sandwich in minutes.

Cheez Whiz fries are just one of the many sides available
Photo by Kellee Kunovic

The menu is not limited to cheesesteaks, there are also grinders (hot) and hoagies (cold) and an array of sides. With a dozen options your cheesesteak possibilities are nearly endless. However, if you don’t see what you want on the menu the folks at POP’s are happy to make it for you so long as they have the ingredients. We kept it fairly straight-forward on our recent visit with an order of Cheese Whiz fries ($2.95), #4 Provolone ($7.99) and #34 Three Cheese and Chili ($9.99), both, with onions.

Once the order was ready we raced to an open table to dig into the steamy gooey goodness. It was delicious! The bread is fresh and chewy yet it holds up as the perfect vessel to get that thinly sliced sirloin steak and that fine Wisconsin cheese and onion mixture pass your lips. The bread and steak are both flown in from Philadelphia providing those unparalleled flavors that POP’s prides itself on. The cheese fries are sinful, but delicious.

You can get your hands on your very own cheesesteak for less by joining POP’s email list by signing up on their website. Once your information is verified you can expect a buy-one, get one free sandwich coupon to arrive via email. Periodic emails will also be sent for seasonal coupons and new item notifications.

POP’s is located at 501 S Decatur Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89107.