We didn't dine out for many meals while in Portland, and only one of those was not Chinese food - our lunch at Philly Bilmo's (in Vancouver, WA). Funny how we came all the way from NYC to go to "an East Coast deli." The nice thing about Philly Bilmo's is that they use Amoroso bakery bread that they ship in from Philadelphia, so it's authentic.
Philly Bilmo's had cheesesteaks, hot and cold subs and hot dogs on the menu. We both decided to get cheesesteaks instead of subs. A's dad got the roast pork hot sub on garlic bread (no photo) which A thought was very tasty if a very, very small bit dry, but the barbecue sauce added a nice sweetness and more than enough moisture to get through the mildly dry pork.
We split a small side of fries with A's parents. They were thin and crispy. Not bad, but nothing very special.
M got an 8" loaded chicken cheesesteak, which had sliced chicken, onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese. The primary difference between the loaded and the regular were all those extra vegetables, and M is always looking for more vegetable options. M was surprised that it was sliced grilled chicken instead of chipped chicken like a regular cheesesteak (which we've gotten before in a chicken cheesesteak sandwich). The sandwich wasn't bad, but she would just call it a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a real cheesesteak sandwich.
A got the 8" loaded cheesesteak which had the same ingredients as M's sandwich except it was beef instead of chicken. The meat and cheese had the perfect amount of saltiness and tenderness to taste really good. The onions and peppers added sweetness to balance out the salt, and the mushrooms added more texture and moisture. The beef was nicely chipped, and in the end this was a very good cheesesteak.