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Trilly Cheesesteaks is bringing its creative, classic, carnivore and vegan Phillys back to Mid-City

(courtesy of Trilly Cheesesteaks)

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger

Trilly Cheesesteaks will make its triumphant return to the Mid-City food scene in October at a new location, 3735 Ulloa St., near the Tulane Avenue corridor. 

Owners Chris Beegle and Carlos Stich are excited to welcome cheesesteak fans to their new location. Their previous spot, on Banks Street, closed in March and is now home to Bub’s Burgers

“We’re happy to be back providing affordable meals to Mid-City,” said Stich. “Mid-City is home. We have strong neighborhood support here.”

“When looking for places to reopen, Mid-City was always our first choice,” Beegle added.

Chris Beegle is from Delaware and grew up on cheesesteaks; he’s lived in New Orleans for seven years. Carlos Stich grew up on the North Shore and has lived in New Orleans for 12 years.

They first started Trilly Cheesesteaks as a pop-up at Bud Rips Bar in 2017. They found success at their Banks Street location, where people would come to enjoy cheesesteaks made for meat-eaters and vegans alike.

“It was important for us to have vegan options at the restaurant,” Stich said. “We want to do right by our customers, and we want everyone to be able to come in and enjoy good food.”

All of Trilly’s vegan recipes are made from scratch; vegan and meat dishes are prepared with separate kitchen equipment. Beegle and Stich understand that cross-contamination is a concern for any vegan who might be eating at a restaurant that serves non-vegan food. It was important to take that extra step.

They thought of carb-cutters as well, offering any Philly with no bread and extra veggies.

The Philly Cheesesteak with fries and the signature Trill Sauce (courtesy of Trilly Cheesesteaks)

Among customer favorites is Far East Philly Steak, seasoned with sweet ginger soy sauce, fried pickled red onions and cream cheese; BBQ Chicken Philly Chicken, with sautéed peppers and onions, BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese sauce; Vegan Buffalo Chicken, with chicken seitan, sautéed peppers and onions, Buffalo Toum sauce and vegan cheddar cheese sauce; and Cauliflower Wings, fried battered cauliflower pieces served with a side of Buffalo Toum.

The menu of course includes a classic Philly made with steak (or chicken), sautéed peppers and onions, and American cheese. All sandwiches are served on an Amoroso’s roll. 

Beegle and Stich will be trying some new recipes at the Ulloa Street location, and the spot will offer plenty of outdoor dining on a deck.

Although Hurricane Ida slowed their plans for opening, they hope to be up and running sometime in October. “We really can’t wait to get it all going again,” Stich said.

Trilly Cheesesteak’s hours will be Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Check the Trilly Cheesesteaks Instagram or Facebook page for updates on the grand reopening.

Reporter Marielle Songy can be reached at mlsongy@gmail.com.

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