A Little Bit of Philly in Virginia Gardens: Try the Cheesesteak and Meatball Sub
Miami Springs is home to some wonders between bread. Take, for example, the "outside is in" burger at JR's Gourmet Burgers or the fried chicken sandwich at Crackers Casual Dining. However, neighboring Virginia Gardens has a contender as strong as Rocky Balboa.
Carina Ost Legit cheesesteak.
A Little Bit of Philly is home to a cheesesteak that will knock you out. The menu at this joint is small but mighty: pizza, stromboli, calzones, cold subs, hot subs, grinders, and party puffs. Relax, the last two are G-rated, though the language in the joint might require some parental guidance. It's a place to eat subs, drink beer, and bust balls. What else would you expect from a spot that channels the City of Brotherly Love?
The owners, Pat and Dave, are cool dudes who have brought a taste of Philly to Miami for the past four years. They definitely have their cast of regulars, which can feel a bit intimidating at first. However, they treat everyone the same and instantly initiate you into the club. You head to the back to order and will receive your food on paper plates with plastic utensils just like everyone else.
On our inaugural visit, we had to try the Philly cheesesteak ($8). It came sprawled across plates, piping hot, on a supersoft roll that had enough structural integrity to hold the sandwich together. The rolls come directly from Amoroso's, the leading roll of Philly since 1904. The thinly sliced steak is placed on the griddle, where it is quickly cooked and cut. It is topped with sliced provolone until the two combine into a beautiful partnership that rests on this pillow-soft bread. For more action, you can get caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms added to the mix.
The cheesesteak hit the spot, but we couldn't stop there. The meatball sub ($8) simply couldn't be missed. When the sandwich came out, its tender and moist meatballs were hidden beneath a mountain of mozzarella. The tomato sauce was sweet, and once again the roll sopped it all up while remaining intact.
Carina Ost Meatball covered with cheese.