“This is our first [restaurant], my wife and I,” said Pagan, who’s observing his two-year anniversary at 1039 Garnet Ave. “We were thinking of doing it in New York or Philadelphia, but the market there is saturated. We decided on PB because we like the location along the beach. There were a few (cheesesteak places) here already. But we thought we could come out and have it be a little unique.”
Pagan likes where he’s at.
“We get some pretty good lunch business in the daytime, dinner business and late-night,” he said.
Philadelphia memorabilia, lots of sports teams as well as the iconic Liberty Bell, grace Steak N Fries’ walls.
“We want people to come in and not just buy cheesesteaks from us and fries, we want them to come in and have an experience,” said Angel of his family-owned business. “We’ve had guys come in here and say, ‘I thought I was in South Philly for a second.’”
What sets his sandwiches apart?
“The ribeye is fresh and we slice it in-house daily,” answered Pagan. “No one else has that. That's what separates us. When you order it: We make it. And we use rolls from Philadelphia.”
And cheesesteak is exactly what you’ll get at Steak N Fries. Along with chips and sodas, patrons can select from steak, cheesesteak, loaded cheesesteak, pizza steak, chicken cheesesteak, grilled cheese, steak n fries, chicken n fries, fries and cheese fries costing $4 to $13.
In naming his eatery, Pagan tried a bunch of permutations of names referring to his family or his native city, before settling on the mainstay of what he serves.
Steak N Fries opens at 11 a.m. every morning, seven days a week, and doesn’t close until midnight.
Angel praised the loyalty of his customers, whom he said come from all over. “That’s what’s making us successful,” he said. “We have support from locals, the military and colleges around here. We have support from tourists.”
It doesn’t hurt that there are pubs nearby on Garnet that cater to Philly sports teams.
“We get a lot of people from the tri-state area, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York all the way up to New England — Boston, Connecticut,” Pagan said.
Pagan added: “I just want to thank everyone for their support, and accepting us into their community as a business. We’re looking forward to being here for a long time.”
Steak N Fries
Where: 1039 Garnet Ave.
Hours: Saturdays to Wednesdays 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Info: steaknfries.com, 858-352-6600