Is there anything better than a steak sandwich? Well, a nice juicy grilled steak all by itself, is better.
But, if you are going to eat a sandwich, why not eat a steak sandwich?
We recently tried two local steak sandwiches. In September we had the steak sandwich from Illetschko’s Meats, which had a stand on Cahill during Inver Grove Heights Days. They were so good we had not one, not two, but three. And we bought two more to bring home (to share of course).
And then we had the steak sandwich from Hometown Meats at the pumpkin fest at Gerten’s.
One was just average. Another one was great.
We break it down here:
Hometown Meats steak sandwich: 4-6 ounce grilled steak, served on a hoagie bun. It may have been seasoned, but it was sitting in a pan with some water. Heinz 57 steak sauce available. The bun dominated the sandwich, overpowering the meat.
Illetschko’s Meats steak sandwich: Tender, juicy, melts in your mouth. A 4-6 ounce sirloin grilled and seasoned to perfection, and served on a hamburger bun. Add a little A-1 steak sauce and the flavors melt in your mouth. It was a meat masterpiece. A simple, yet sensational sandwich.
You can already tell which one was the better steak sandwich can’t you?
Look. Here’s the deal. The Illetschko’s Meats steak sandwich was grilled and seasoned to perfection and served on the right sized bun. The Hometown Meats steak itself, the meat used for the sandwich, is good. But it’s served on a hoagie bun. And Heinz 57 sauce is not good. So the combination of too much bun, and Heinz 57 sauce deterred from the flavor. Maybe we should have tried the sandwich without Heinz 57, but with that much bun overpowering the meat, we wanted to add some ingredients to overcome the presence of too much bun. So we added onions and steak sauce.
But…the winner is clear: The Illetschko’s Meats steak sandwich is the best steak sandwich in Inver Grove Heights and South Saint Paul. We’re just mad we didn’t get a picture of the sandwich served at IGH Days. So instead we took one of our own that we made recently, served on Texas Toast.
Hometown Meats gets a lot of things right – and we break down 5 unique items from Hometown Meats every IGH resident should try – but they are not getting it right with the hoagie bun. They came out with an awesome new selection of sub sandwiches featuring Boars Head meats. They were the best sub sandwiches in town. Then, they changed from the hoagie roll that helped make the subs so good, to a hamburger bun. And then they served the steak sandwich on an over-sized hoagie roll. We love Hometown Meats, but they have to get their bun-meat distribution figured out. Bring back the hoagie for the sub sandwich and use a hamburger bun for the steak sandwich. And get some A-1 steak sauce! Who actually likes Heinz 57? The Hometown Meats food truck serves up some good grilled grub. Our favorite is the bacon cheeseburger. We’ll give the steak sandwich a second chance, if there is a different bun option.
But here’s the deal: Head to Illetschko’s Meats – they recommend calling ahead to make sure they are in stock – they sell out fast – and tell them you want to order the steak they serve for the steak sandwich. Take it home, grill it, broil it, fry it. Season it. Serve on Texas toast or a hamburger bun.
It’s the best steak sandwich in Inver Grove Heights and South Saint Paul. Try one soon!
(And in case it’s brought up, no, the poor man’s steak from Husnik Meats is not better than either of these two steaks. The poor man’s steak may be budget-friendly, but we feel bad for the poor man that has to eat it).