As vast as Vancouver is in terms of cuisine choices, foods like this always take an agonizing time to get here, if they do at all. Finally, we have a standalone Philly cheesesteak joint.
Its location is just off the high foot traffic path of Granville and honestly it's a bit inconspicuous from the outside. Once inside, there are hints of showiness throughout with the deliberate chalkboard menu, vinyl stools and exposed brick accents. Still, the place looks great.
To get a bit of everything, my gf went with the small 6" Bifteck which added caramelized onion jam, brie, arugula and dijon. We found the hints of jam and dijon lacking as the richness of the brie did its best to manhandle the copious amount of shaved prime rib. The drizzling of balsamic over the arugula was a nice touch and helped back off the heaviness of the sandwich as a whole. I went with the classic Philly which was simply beef and provolone. Personally, we found the shaved beef underseasoned but the fresh rolls they used were fantastic with a soft and slightly chewy texture. Portions seem scant but they are actually quite generous as fullness and satisfaction creeps up on you. We also picked up the onion rings which had coarse salt sprinkled over the top - a great idea but too salty overall. The onion rings themselves were quite crispy for the battered variety while the ACC fries tossed with garlic, parmesan and parsley were mostly forgettable. They lacked crispiness and the additional ingredients provided no added punch. Prices seem expensive, but in the end it was comparable to the price of a couple of burgers, fries and drinks.
They run a numbering system which is orderly and while it is distinctly self-serve on the whole if you dine in, the staff do try to bring your order to your table and will clear off empties regularly.
I will defer from commenting on how authentic these cheesesteaks stack up to the ones from the city of brotherly love but if you like sandwiches, especially ones with a pile of meat, little to no vegetation on fresh bread with that touch of greasiness, you'll enjoy American Cheesesteak.