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Bob Catalano, right, owner of Yo Philly Cheese Steaks and Subs, wanted to bring the authentic taste of Philadelphia to Corpus Christi.
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House specialties include the cheesesteak, onion rings and cannolis.
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An original South Philly cheesesteak has onions, meat, bread and cheese whiz, Bob Catalano said.
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In addition to the cheesesteak, the specialty sandwich shop also features a chicken parmesan sandwich, Philly inspired hamburgers, hoagies, pizza, and a cheesesteak with peppers and mushrooms.
“The meat comes from Philly, the bread comes from Philly, even I come from Philly!” exclaims Bob Catalano, owner of Yo Philly Cheese Steaks and Subs. Located on North Beach, this family-owned restaurant features a variety of authentic Philly fare.
After opening two other restaurants in the San Antonio area within the past 15 years, Catalano decided to bring his cuisine to South Texas about three years ago. “There was nothing authentic out here, compared to a real Philly cheesesteak,” he explains.
Of deciding on North Beach as the location for his new venture, Catalano says, “I knew that something like this would draw people from Calallen, Taft, Gregory, and Rockport. All around. They’re going to drive 15, 20 minutes to get here to get a real Philly cheesesteak.”
While many are accustomed to a Philly cheesesteak being served with mushrooms and peppers, “An original South Philly cheesesteak has the onions, the meat, the bread and the whiz, cheese whiz,” explains Catalano about his style of Philly cheesesteak.
In addition to the authentic south Philly cheesesteak that is the mainstay of the restaurant, the specialty sandwich shop also features a chicken parmesan sandwich, Philly inspired hamburgers, hoagies, pizza, and a cheesesteak with peppers and mushrooms. A sandwich named ‘The Godfather’ is comprised of chicken, Italian sausage and steak, with marina sauce and mozzarella cheese. The ‘Wiseguy’ features pepperoni, gabagool, salami, American cheese with marina sauce and mozzarella on a toasted roll. Cannoli and Oreo balls are a favorite, as well. “People come here just for those two items,” Catalano said of the desserts.
Catalano’s favorite menu item, as well as the most popular, is the one the restaurant was named for. “The Philly cheesesteak. That’s the mainstay; that’s what it’s all about,” he said. Tender, paper thin sliced meat straight from Philadelphia rests in a 9-inch long soft bun. Onions and a generous portion of liquid cheese tops the warm sandwich, and each bite is packed with flavor.
The cannoli are the perfect companion to the cheesesteak, if there is any room left after eating the giant sub sandwich. This Italian pastry pairs a crispy outside and creamy inside, topped with chocolate chips.
If dining in, the restaurant has plenty of seating for the whole family, with the eating area separated into four seating sections and one of the Philly sports teams featured in each area. This family-friendly restaurant also has a kids menu.
Whether chowing down on an authentic South Philly cheesesteak, or giving one of the other menu item’s a try, make sure you leave room for dessert or order it to go, as Catalano is fond of saying, “And don’t forget the cannoli!”
By Sharla Wilkins
Yo Philly Cheese Steaks and Subs
- 3314 Surfside Blvd., Corpus Christi
- Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.