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Even after 20 plus years, Jenos Steaks continues to instill great customer service and big smiles to the community with their delicious and unique cheesesteaks.

Traditionally, when you think of cheesesteaks, you usually have thinly sliced ribeye with sautéed onions and peppers and melted cheese on a hoagie roll. But have you ever had a cheesesteak with a sprinkling of Old Bay?

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Have you ever had a cheesesteak with Asian sauce mixed into it that it tastes like teriyaki? Or have you ever had a cheesesteak with crispy mozzarella sticks in it?

If you haven’t tried some of these fun combinations in your cheesesteak, then it’s worth checking out Jenos Steaks in Severna Park or checking out their food truck whenever it rolls around different parts of Anne Arundel County and/or Maryland.

After a hectic day, I just wanted to sit, watch a movie, and eat something, plus it was a bit drizzly outside so I wanted to plant myself on the couch for the night. For some reason, I wanted a cheesesteak, and it made me think of Jenos Steaks food truck.

It was too bad the food truck event in Odenton was over for the season, but I recalled seeing that they had a storefront. I asked my husband if he was interested, and we headed out.

We saw this small strip of stores off Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and saw the Jenos sign. A couple of customers were in front of us. They seemed like regulars as the cooks behind the counter knew their orders right away and joked with them as they made their orders.

The store was very small; it had two tables, some family photos on the wall, an old newspaper article, and some lacrosse gear. The menu board looked like it had not changed in years; it was one of those old school letter boards.

The grill area and the rest of the kitchen were open, and it looked very clean, gave me the impression that they took care of their kitchen, which meant they took care of their customers.

My husband and I were trying to figure out what subs to get since we had a couple of them at the truck. The names they came up with some of them were pretty funny, like the “Schupbacha,” “Morning Wood,” “Man Sub,” and “8th Wonder.” It was tempting to get the “Truck 23 Fries,” but I figure I had that a couple of times now.

It was our turn to order, so I went with the “Seoul Man” ($9.40) and my husband got the “Hall Pass” ($9.40) and we got an order of large fries ($5.25). I had to laugh when the guy at the register asked the cooks if there were ingredients still available for our cheesesteaks. I thought to myself, wow, they must get a lot of orders throughout the day!

We waited at one of the tables as they were making our order. In the meantime, a couple more customers came in to pick up their orders. While we were waiting, I read the article that was on the wall.

I got the impression that this small family-owned and operated cheesesteak shop really cared about their customers in the surrounding area. Based on the article, the original owner, Rudy Adriano, instilled fantastic customer service all the time to anyone who came to the shop.

That has continued after his passing as his sons have taken over the business, and they continue to bring a smile to every customer they meet and greet. Though the shop was small, it did feel comforting to be taken care of by the cook who asked my husband if he was fine with what went on his cheesesteak.

Our orders were ready as the guy at the register let us know how they were labeled. I was surprised how big the large fry order was and asked my husband for some as we got in the car. They were hot and very well prepared. I could not wait to try our cheesesteaks when we got home.

I opened my “Seoul Man,” took a bite, and it reminded me of eating an egg roll on bread. The ribeye cooked in the teriyaki sauce, with cabbage, onions, carrots, and mushrooms was pretty much what you would find in an egg roll. I loved the taste, considering I never had this cheesesteak from their truck. I might have to get this one next time.

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I would have liked to have added a spicy element to it, but it was good the way it was. My husband enjoyed his “Hall Pass,” it had the right amount of heat from the cilantro heat sauce, it was juicy, and he liked the mix of everything on his hoagie roll. Although not a typical cheesesteak, he appreciated chicken as a nice option for those who don’t want beef.

Much like the Jenos truck, the store was also a no-frills operation. They kept things simple, gave their cheesesteaks fun names and were very creative in how they made them.

They use different flavors and ingredients made the cheesesteaks interesting and enticing to try. I enjoyed the comforting atmosphere and friendly staff. The food was delicious and we appreciated the great customer service experience.

It was great to see those values continue in the shop and truck after all these years. They take care of you and do it with a smile.

Jenos Steaks

WHERE: 552 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146.

PHONE: 410-544-1416.

WEB SITE: jenossteaksmd.com

HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday, and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Monday: Closed

PRICE: 95 cents to $10.30

RESERVATIONS: No, but they offer catering

CREDIT CARDS: All major cards

ACCESSIBILITY: Yes

OWNER: Rudy Adriano, Jr.

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