Gourmet Cheese Steak & Pizza Company- Melbourne- 4 Stars
I am not abstemious in my eating habits. For the Big Boy it's, well, Go "Big" or Go Home. That is why I like the Gourmet Cheese Steak & Pizza Company. This is the type of place my father longs for: Copious amounts of food prepared quickly and inexpensively. The owner of this restaurant, Christine, has hit on a successful formula of taking normal truck-delivered ingredients, creating mouth-watering recipes and delivering low cost, toothsome food--and lots of it.
This joint is located in the old Lum's building on Babcock, for you old timers. The decor is no great shakes and the tables are early Wendy's. Seriously, the tables are actually the original Wendy's tables from the 1980's with the faux newsprint design. I ordered a slice of pepperoni pizza, a sloppy joe, and--of course--a cheese steak.
Let's start with the cheese steak. Now, I know there are great arguments over cheese steak. I can only speak to the panorama of steaks I have consumed in Florida. I am going to go out on a limb and state that this particular cheese steak is my favorite in Brevard. The steak and peppers are succulent and flavorful. The provolone is melted lovingly inside. There is so much meat you really need a fork to eat it all. I would have preferred for this masterpiece to be presented on a prepared roll, but hey, it is what it is.
Next, let's address the sloppy joe. You don't normally see sloppy joes on a menu, yet I consider it one of my all time favorite comfort foods. This joe is spiced and sauced spot on. The down side, once again, is the bun. It was taken out of a package and had the meaty concoction slapped on it. I submit that this carnivore's delight would have been even more delectable toasted or grilled with a dab of butter. Who knows? I am a reviewer, not a chef. Bottom line is that it was still good.
Finally, we come to the pizza. Fresh dough, adequate ingredients, good presentation. Executed flawlessly.
At this point, I know you are asking, "Hey, Big Boy, why not five stars?" Well, in this situation I just can't pull the trigger. It's good but it's not a restaurant I can confidently certify 5 Stars, especially with the bun situation being the way it is. That being said, Big Boy says to give the cheese steak a whirl and let me know what you think.