In his famous classical conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved that it’s physically impossible for a Russian scientist's mouth not to water when it says the word “cheesesteak.” Moisten your own sandwich receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of cheesesteaks, other sandwiches, and drinks at Chartroose Caboose. Your Groupon is good at both the Lenexa and Overland Park locations.
Despite the daunting zoning-permit hurdles and giant helicopter fees, the folks at Chartroose Caboose have managed to relocate a chunk of Philadelphia real estate to Kansas City with their delightfully authentic cheesesteakery. Each Chartroose Philly boasts 6 ounces of lean beef flavored in the restaurant’s exclusive mixture of spices. If that’s a little too much red meat for you, Chartroose is happy to retrofit your cheesesteak with chicken, turkey, ham, or even salmon. These sandwiches come with a Rocky-style training montage as each cheesesteak is grilled fresh to order with onion, mushrooms, and peppers sizzled up right before your eyes, nose, and impatient mouth.
If the overwhelming array of cheeses, jalapeno peppers, Chartroose’s own hot or mild barbecue sauce, Buffalo sauce, and olives gives you Cheesesteaker's Block, choose from any of the special sandwiches on Chartroose's menu. You can also make any cheesesteak into a wrap for no additional charge, or opt for some lighter fare if you plan on boxing Apollo in the morning. Chartroose even makes salad counterparts to most of its sandwiches, such as the Zephyr Salad ($6.25), with cheese, onions, and mushrooms. And if you get the classic Philly works with the Super Chief (cheese, onion, mushroom, and green pepper, $5.95), you’ll still have enough Groupon left to treat a friend to a Katy ($6.20), stacked with extra cheese and no onion, and a couple of Chartroose’s specialty, hand-squeezed lemonades ($1.79).
Dine-in only. Limit one per visit.
JoReviewers dig the Chartroose Caboose's Philly steaks. Google Mappers and six Insider Pages users give four stars, and four TripAdvisors give 3.5 owl eyes to the Overland Park location. Six Yelpers give 3.5, and 93% of Urbanspooners like the Lenexa location:
- The philly steak is undeniably the best. Cooked to perfection and best enjoyed hot off the grill. This is one of my favorite places to catch something to eat and is always worth the wait. – JoReviews
- They have great sandwiches at a good price. A great alternative to fast food with a fun atmosphere. The restaurant is clean and the staff is very friendly. – rochelle v., Insider Pages
- Take your kids to the new 87th Street location, and the whole family will enjoy watching the overhead electric train. An all-around, excellent experience! – Vicki T., Insider Pages