But I do. I do love Taylor Charles Steak & Ice (1320 H Street NE). Despite the terrible name—a simple Steak & Ice would do—and despite the terrible décor—it is like the Disneyland or, even worse, the Geno’s of sandwich shops—I love the sandwiches at Steak & Ice.
Name and style choices aside, the chicken cheesesteak at Steak & Ice is, hands down, the best chicken cheesesteak I have ever eaten. That is a bold statement from a person hailing from the Delaware Valley, where cheesesteaks are the go-to fast food choice on a Friday night, and on a Saturday night, and on a Wednesday afternoon. The all-white meat chicken breast that makes up the chicken cheesesteak at Steak & Ice is moist, albeit not plentiful, and fresh. The roll is damn near perfect. The bread is soft, but chewy, with a hard exterior that holds up to everything that goes into it. And the white whiz? Oh how this artificial cheese lover loves the white whiz! But be sure you really love cheese whiz of any kind because the sandwich is covered in it. (I suggest a sliced cheese if you prefer a conservative cheese to meat ratio.)
I love Steak & Ice so much that I was there three Saturdays in a row for lunch, trying different items on the menu, including a green chili cheesesteak, a cheesesteak hoagie-style, the kid’s cheesesteak and the much talked about Truffle Cheesesteak Spring Rolls. The beef rib-eye steaks are good, though my preference is for the chicken, and the kid’s steak was a perfect portion for my preschooler. And while I have heard many raves for the spring rolls, they didn’t do much for this girl who normally likes to watch what she eats when she isn’t consuming copious amounts of cheesesteaks for the good of the Capitol Hill community. I ate all of that food for you!
Steaks can be customized with your choice of add-on’s, including a variety of cheeses and other steak compliments such as grilled onions, peppers, pepperoni, mushrooms and bacon. The menu features a handful of specialty cheesesteaks, such as the Broccoli Rabe, Pizza or Buffalo. The menu also features items for vegetarians, including portabella mushroom cap “steaks,” an eggplant sandwich and salads, as well as non-steak items, including hot dogs (definitely a step above a ball park dog, but maybe too adventurous for little eaters), chicken cutlet sandwiches and fries. Finally, if you want to chase all of the bread-meat-cheese goodness with something sweet, try the water ice, which is a nice treat that is not worthy of it’s double billing.
While service is slow at peak times—I have witnessed customers waiting for nearly ten minutes to have their order taken while the cashier helped the two cooks at the grill—and the sandwiches should offer more meat for the price (I think charging an extra $3 for more meat on a sandwich that is already $7.90 without add-ons is down-right offensive), I will keep going back for more, maybe even this Saturday.