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In 2010, I (Nick Love) spent over 45% of my annual income eating out at some of Atlanta's best (and worst) restaurants. So, who better to guide you through the city's crowded dining terrain?? Now, I, along with my team of Hip-Hop generation foodies, will expose and review ATL's newest hits, hidden gems, and old favorites. Hopefully, this blog will earn us a free meal or two while we point you guys in the direction of some good food and steer you away from the wackness. Let's eat!!!

May 23, 2012

Review: WOODY'S FAMOUS PHILADELPHIA CHEESESTEAKS | We're Pheelin' It

Name: Woody's Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks
Cuisine: Sandwiches
Neighborhood: Midtown
Address: 981 Monroe Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404.876.1939
Menu: N/A

After months of hearing about this place, riding by it, and then finally seeing it pop up on Scoutmob, I decided to pop into Woody's Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks yesterday and check it out.  SOOOOOOO glad I did.  The service was fast and courteous and that sandwich was was one of the best I'd ever had!!!

Woody's in-store menu
Places like these are what prompted us to create ATL Bite Life.  Small mom & pop shops nestled in cool metro neighborhoods serving incredible food.  Woody's has quite a few things working in its' favor.  First, it sits right on a busy Monroe Dr in between 9th and 10th St in full view of traffic.  Piedmont Park is a hop, skip, and a jump away as well as Midtown Art Cinema and Grady High School.  The other plus is that it stays open til midnight Sunday thru Thursday.  Then, on the weekend, the place is open until 4am.  All my Bite Lifers who are part of #TeamNoSleep or who just want to avoid Krystals or Waffle House after the club, THIS is the place to go!!!

Inside of Woody's
The inside of Woody's is fairly small.  It almost puts in the mind of Ann's Snack Bar in terms of size.  But, have no fear.  There's a little more elbow room than Ann's with what I remember to be around 8 old-school vinyl booths.  There's also a decent sized covered patio that allows for more seating. The biggest plus is that there's no old lady fussing at you to step outside or to get off the phone.  Even with a reasonable line of people inside, the 3-person staff was cool, helpful, patient, and fast.  I may have waited about 7 minutes for my food to come out piping hot.

Woody's patio
But, it's not the size of the building or the patio or even the service that's gonna bring me back to Woody's.  I'm coming back for the cheesesteaks!!!  Now, I usually get my cheesesteaks from Publix.  I think I've been very clear on my stance that Publix has the best sandwiches around.  However, I know that many people have pointed out that the bread there can be harder than you'd normally prefer.  THIS is what makes Woody's version my new hands down favorite. 

Woody's classic Philly cheesesteak - $6.45
The bread for their cheesesteak is soft and fluffy like it was prepared in the finest bakery.  But, it didn't crumble or fall apart under the weight of the meat and toppings of the sandwich.  And, believe me, I tested it.  I asked that my sandwich be dressed down with EVERYTHING minus lettuce and tomato.  I had mushrooms, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, light mayo, and it already came with a filling amount of meat and cheese.  INCREDIBLE!!!  It was so good without being ridiculously greasy as you know cheesesteaks tend to be. 

Honestly, the only downside that I could find with Woody's is that busy location.  The traffic getting over to Woody's, especially on a weekend, could potentially make you say "F it" and just grab something else perhaps on Ponce.  And, as with anything in the downtown/midtown area, the parking situation isn't great.  On my count, I only saw 8 spaces and 2 of those were marked for handicapped persons.

Either way, if you're willing to brave Atlanta's stop and go and then potentially park down the street, the Philly cheesesteak at Woody's is WELL WORTH IT!!!  Add some chips and a drink to it and then couple it with your Scoutmob discount and you'll REALLY feel like you got over.  I know I'll be back and I'm hoping I run into some of our Lifers too.

Til we eat again!


Grade: A-
What's Great: Food, 
What Ain't: Parking, Traffic in Area
Ideal For: Lunch, Late Night Dining

Woody's Famous Philadelphia Cheesesteaks on Urbanspoon
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10 Comments:

cutechickscook said...

def need to try this place out!! the one thing i miss about living up top is the cheesesteaks, and it's hard to find anything comparable in the A.

Nick Love said...

@CCC I def think you'll enjoy it. I loved it!!!

John P said...

And for the cheesesteak purists, they do add cheez whiz on request.

Nick Love said...

@John Please explain the cheese whiz thing to me! I've always heard about that but I was raised on provolone cheese on your cheesesteaks. Does the whiz make that big of a difference??

John P said...

@Nick not being from Philly I can't really speak to why. But since it tends to liquefy, the Whiz soaks into the layers of meat and gives it a sauce like quality opposed to a regular melted topping. You should try it next time you're at Woody's and see what you think.

Nick Love said...

@John THANKS!!! I'm gonna try it this weekend!!!

Steven Renner said...

@Nick Thanks for the love! If I may ever be of service, do not hesitate to reach out!

Donald Aikens said...

It's official, I'm hitting up Woody's one of these days, there's a topic on YelpAtlanta about good cheesesteaks in the city and people constantly keep bringing up Woody's (along with Weeyums & Roy's). The one time I eat beef I'll hit them up for sure.

Nick Love said...

@Donald It's definitely worth the trip. I may go this week. And that Weeyums is definitely on point too!

PhillyLOVE said...

I have yet to go to Woody's because being born and raised in Philly, Philadelphians tend not to go outside of Philly for a true Philly cheesesteak...HOWEVER...When I first met the owner of Weeyums and he told me he was from North Philly, I knew he was the truth...And I haven't been anywhere BUT Weeyums for a cheesesteak in Atlanta...

Now...Being from North Philly myself, I can't explain the whole Cheese Whiz thing because really its a South Philly thing...The two "famous" cheesesteak places in South Philly that most people hear about, Geno's and Pat's have been rivals for years, as far as cheesesteaks go in South Philadelphia...And they are really the restaurants that started the whole cheese whiz thing...

But as for me, I will always stay true to the White American/Provolone combo...Sorry for the long response but I just had to put my two cents in...lol:)

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