Vito’s

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Been waiting to come to Vito’s for a long time.  If you want to have a discussion or debate on where the best cheesesteak sandwich is in Utah, then you can’t exclude Vito’s from that discussion.  People like to toss around DP Cheesesteaks, The Philadelphian, Moochies, or East Coast Subs as having the best.  My Philly needle still slightly tilts towards Moochies and my first ever review of my food blogging career, but with that said.  I would put Vito’s dangerously close now to the top of that list.  Besides, you can take the best sandwich from any of those places and it is just like picking the ugliest girl from the top 5 finalists of Miss Universe.  Anyway you are coming out a winner.

Vito's in Bountiful, Utah

Vito’s in Bountiful, Utah

Getting to and eating at Vito’s is quick and painless, and very small-town America.  You can pull right up and 45 degree angle park.  There are no meters to dump quarters into.  There is also plenty of seating outside as there is inside.  Walking in and seeing the amount of business that Vito’s was running into during the weekday lunch hour, you would expect a staff of 6-10 people running the place.  Not so at Vito’s.  There was just one guy behind that counter going through order by order with a breeze.  One thing that made this possible was the ordering system.

The cash register

The cash register

Here is the Vito’s cash register.  They don’t take credit cards, and it is almost an on your honor pay system.  There is a big jar with change, a small box with bills between $1 and $10, and then a hole just behind it for $20 dollar bills and higher.  Having the customer handle the payments makes it possible for the owner to dedicate himself to the orders.

The kitchen

The kitchen

Here is the kitchen area.  You will notice a big pan full of steak, peppers, and onions.  The owner takes the amount needed for a sandwich, grills them up, and serves it piping hot on a delicious roll.  If you want your cheesesteak without onions or peppers, it only adds a few minutes to the prep time as he will grill up your meat from scratch.  I went with the creme cheese cheesesteak, as it seemed to be the tastiest and most popular.  $8 buys you a 7 inch sub while $14 buys you a full 14 inches of bliss.

Creme Cheese Cheesesteak

Creme Cheese Cheesesteak

The end result was a huge while to go container full and heavy of cheesesteak sandwiches.  The bread rolls were good, I would rate them a 7.5/10.  The meat itself along with the grilled veggies and onions I would grade slightly higher at a 9/10.  The creme cheese grilled into the sandwich was a nice touch.  Overall it was a monster of a sandwich, great flavors and textures.  No frills and posh to the presentation, just a blue-collar of a sandwich that was built to conquer any hungry level.  I even was able to wash it down with an ice-cold Cactus Cooler.  Delightful.

As I sat down to eat my sandwich at the counter, I observed the owner go through order by order.  No one had to wait, everything was smooth.  He knew many of the customers by name.  This place has a really cool feel and vibe to it.  It’s a place where locals can call their own and take pride in.  Vito’s has all the necessary elements to succeed.  I don’t make it up to Bountiful often, but when I do, I know exactly where to go to lunch.  As a bonus there is a bakery right across the street that sells really yummy sweet rolls for an after lunch snack.

 

 

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