Troy Detwiler, owner of Chef D’s Philly’s, said he earned the nickname “Chef D” because of his love of cooking.
In 1995, he graduated from culinary school, but then his life took a different path as he worked various jobs unrelated to the food industry. His dream to someday open a sandwich shop remained in the back of his mind, until he was in an accident that crushed part of his femur. Detwiler said it took him 18 months to regain the ability to walk.
“After that, I decided to follow my dream to run a sandwich shop,” he said. He opened his restaurant in October 2012.
He learned to make authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches from his father, who grew up in Philadelphia. “I want to bring a piece of Philly right here to North Ogden,” Detwiler said.
A North Ogden native, Detwiler said he uses the highest-quality ingredients, and local ingredients whenever possible. The meat on his Philly’s is rib-eye and the cheese is a mixture of cheddar and Colby.
His menu is simple: sandwiches ($7.75) or combo meal deals with chips and a drink ($9.25). The Original Philly is served with cheese, and his secret sauce on the side; the Italian Marinara has marinara sauce and provolone. Another best seller is the French Dip.
Detwiler said he didn’t know his homemade meatballs for the Meatball Sub would be so popular, but he frequently sells out. “My meatballs are my hidden gem,” he said.
All of the sandwiches have the option to include onions, peppers or mushrooms.
In addition, Detwiler caters to diners who want to go gluten-free, offering a gluten-free wrap and an assortment of gluten-free cookies ($2.99), including chocolate chip brownie, pink sugar cookie and coconut macaroon.
He also sells regular cookies for dessert ($1.25) in chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut and oatmeal raisin.
As for living his dream, Detwiler said it is busy, but he loves it.
“It has been awesome. I work 90 hours per week, but if you love it, you’ve got to do it.”
He enjoys spending his time off with his three daughters and loves serving his customers. “I just want to take care of people,” he said.
CHEF D’S PHILLY’S
- Address: 428 E. 2600 North, North Ogden
- Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday
- Phone: 801-737-0080