Let’s be honest, frozen food does not sound very appetizing.

Why dig a pizza pocket out of the freezer and chuck it into the microwave when you could call Papa John’s and have a fresh pizza delivered to you?

This weekend while grocery shopping with my parents at Costco, I came across an interesting choice in the frozen food aisle: Raybern’s Hand Crafted Philly Cheesesteaks. Here’s a bit of history: When I was in elementary school, my family and I were regulars at a little hole in the wall sandwich stop down the street from our house  in Mililani. My absolute favorite thing to get was the House Special Philly Cheesesteak. I was raised off of those things. But ever since the store closed down, I haven’t had a Philly Cheesesteak anything like it.


The pack that I purchased from Costco contained six sandwiches per box. When I took the first sandwich out, the very first thing I noticed was that the bread was rock solid. As one can imagine, this was not a good sign. However, after microwaving it, I was quite impressed by the bread, which wasn’t nearly as stale as I expected even though I didn’t follow the recommended instructions which were to thaw the sandwich in the refrigerator before heating.

Although it claims to contain USDA Choice Beef, the meat wasn’t exactly gourmet. Yet, it did satisfy my craving for something savory. The cheese, to me, is what made the sandwich. As soon as I took the sandwich out of the microwave and unwrapped it, the gooey, melted cheese snatched my attention. If only it was spread throughout the sandwich evenly and didn’t burn the mouths of impatient eaters like me.

[one_third]The very first thing that I noticed was that the bread was rock solid.[/one_third]

[two_third_last]I wish I could say that this frozen sandwich took me back to my childhood in Mililani and that it’s the holy grail of frozen food. But it’s not. The sandwich wasn’t nearly as good as the House Special Philly Cheesesteaks but I will say that for a frozen sandwich, I was pleasantly impressed. If you’re someone who’s constantly on the go and can’t find time to stop at a gourmet sandwich shop, I recommend you pick up a box of Raybern’s Philly Cheesesteaks. You might even like them enough to finish all six of them in three days like I did. All in all, with 22g of protein per serving, this is the one frozen food that you really can’t go wrong with.[/two_third_last]