YPSILANTI, MI – Gabriel’s Cheese Steak Hoagie has been serving one of Southeast Michigan’s favorite Philly-style sandwiches for over 60 years.
“We are just passionate about fair prices and high quality food, which is what we have always done,” said owner Donny Ballard.
Restaurant Ypsilanti, open since 1959, has been able to keep its lunch – a cheesesteak sandwich, a bag of crisps, and a soft drink – under $ 10 for decades because of its unwavering commitment to quality and honesty, Ballard said.
“We have a very limited menu, so we do it well – 90% of our sales are this cheesesteak, so having a limited menu and being there for 60 years says a lot,” Ballard said. “We are giving away a very large portion for a small price and I think over the years people have trusted us.”
The cheesesteak is wrapped to the brim with sliced sirloin steak, between a soft bun and topped with a choice of grilled onions, American cheese, mushrooms or other toppings.
“People say it’s like in Philadelphia,” Ballard said. “Customers over there will say it’s just as good or better. The biggest compliment I always get is how good this quality rib eye always is.
Keeping the price affordable is also a plus, Ballard said.
“Most of our competition charge $ 1.75 more per cheesesteak and they don’t even give them that high quality steak,” he said. “We feel like we are doing the right thing by offering a very authentic product at a very, very fair price.”
The restaurant has attracted dozens of new customers, Ballard said, acknowledging community support throughout the pandemic.
“We’ve had so many new customers because even the new ones come out and tell their friends about it. It really feels good to have the support we have, ”Ballard said.
The restaurant never opened for dinner throughout the pandemic and remains open for takeout by the way or by calling ahead at 734-483-5846.
Gabriel’s Cheese Steak Hoagies, 2585 E. Michigan Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant also has a second location at 1919 N. Wayne Road in Westland.
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