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Checking In at: Lou’s Steak Shop, Norristown PA

The Chris half of ayersian and Bruce are sitting at the counter, waiting for their cheesesteak and zep, when an elderly gentleman approaches the register. Says the woman at the register, loud enough for half the place to hear: “Next time you decide to use the ladies room, put the seat down!” It sounds meaner on the page than it really was. They obviously have a history. That’s life at Lou’s. There’s no such thing as anonymity. Unlike at that Italian chain, when you’re here, you really are treated like family!

We were sampling cheesesteak, and Lou's does call itself a "Steak Shop" (at least on some signs), so we gave one a try, with Whiz and onions. Lou's cheesesteak is wonderful! That Conshy bread is an ideal mitt for a hot beef, cheese, and onion sandwich. If you don't want to eat a zep you sacrifice nothing by choosing the cheesesteak.

We were sampling cheesesteaks, and Lou’s does call itself a “Steak Shop” (at least on some signs), so we gave one a try, with Whiz and onions. Lou’s cheesesteak is wonderful! That chewy-soft Conshy bread is the ideal mitt for a hot beef, cheese, and onion sandwich. If you don’t want to eat a zep you sacrifice nothing by choosing the cheesesteak.

Lou's spins their shakes from ice cream, and delivers it to you in an icy cold stainless steel vessel. Even on a frigid winter's afternoon it feels good to grasp the chilled shake container covered with condensation. There's enough shake here to keep you cup topped off throughout your meal.

Lou’s spins their shakes from ice cream, and delivers it to you in an icy cold stainless steel vessel. Even on a frigid winter’s afternoon it feels good to grasp the chilled shake container covered with condensation. There’s enough vanilla shake here to keep your cup topped off throughout your meal.

"Please Pass Me Those Delicious Sandwiches From..." And while you're at it, could you also send over the jar of crushed peppers?

“Please Pass Me Those Delicious Sandwiches From…” And while you’re at it, could you also send over the jar of crushed peppers?

The staff got a kick from the pictures. She called over her ex-husband for a photo. Moments before this was snapped, he grabbed a boob.

They are ex-husband-and-wife. Moments before this was snapped, he grabbed a boob for the camera.

Seating is either in the ancient wooden booths to the left or, if you really want to be part of the action, at the ample counter.

Seating is either in the ancient wooden booths to the left or, if you really want to be part of the action, at the ample counter.

There is no more soulful sandwich shop in the Philadelphia area.

There is no more soulful sandwich shop in the Philadelphia area.

414 East Main Street
Norristown PA 19401
610-279-5415
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LAF review of Lou’s Steak Shop

2 Comments

  1. I totally forgot about the boob grab — that was hilarious! They totally made us feel like regulars.

    • Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

      March 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      That’s what it was like last time we were there, too. Lou’s has a lot of character.

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