Lycan and Jen Davis started selling their Philly cheesesteaks at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market in 2009. After two years at the Farmers Market, Lycan continued Cheesesteaks & Chili as a catering operation. Now, Cheesesteaks & Chili has a carryout storefront at 288 Blairsferry Road near Stuff Etc. and Lagoon Car Wash.
The restaurant offers cheese steak sandwiches the way Philadelphians expect — steak and onions topped with Swiss American (they will substitute Cheese Whiz upon request) and served on a hoagie. Variations include a chunky cheese steak with chunks of seasoned sirloin, barbecue, pizza philly and a chicken philly. For vegetarians, there is a veggie friendly option as well.
Speaking to the chili half of the restaurant’s name is their signature chili – a spicy combo of tomatoes, beans, jalapenos, salsa and hamburger. It’s award-winning, they say. There are also five soups including an Italian chicken vegetable, cheese, broccoli cheese, chicken noodle and a soup they call throw-in with seasoned vegetables, rice and chorizo.
Prices range from $3.50 for the soups and chili to $6 to $7 for sandwhiches. Sides (such as chips and a salad) are $1 to $3.
Cheesesteaks & Chili is carry out only. For more information, go to their website or call (319) 377-7707.