Nothing says Philadelphia like the cheesesteak sandwich that is known for. The sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak meat and melted cheese is a personal favorite of pretty much every guy I know.
The obvious question is where is the best place to get a Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia.
Here are my Top 5 choices.
1. Pat’s King Of Steaks
As its name indicates, Pat’s King Of Steaks (1237 East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia PA) is really the king of the various steakhouses in Philadelphia. The founder of the place, Pat Oliveri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930 and since then, its lore among Philly locales has substantially grown. Originally a simple stand resembling a hot dog cart at the southern end of the Italian market in Philly’s South end, it is now the most famous cheesesteak shop in the world. For more information, check out patskingofsteaks.com
2. Tony Luke’s
If you like a little attitude with your cheese, Tony Luke’s (39 East Oregon Avenue Philadelphia PA) is the place for you. Styled in a nod to Dick’s Last Resort in Chicago, Tony Luke’s prides itself on having an unfriendly staff (done in jest). If you’re looking for a seating area, you’re in the wrong place as you order and pick-up from a window. While there are picnic tables available, you definitely will give off a tourist vibe if you take a seat. For more information, check out tonylukes.com.
3. John’s Roast Pork
Almost hidden between shopping plaza’s John’s Roast Pork (14 Snyder Avenue Philadelphia PA) uses a signature seeded roll for its sandwich and can no longer be considered one of Philly’s best-kept cheesesteak secrets. Throw on some fixin’s and you’ll find yourself in a state of tastebud ecstasy. For more information, check out johnsroastpork.com
4. Dalessandro’s Steaks
Just like anything else, if you want the good stuff… you have to go a little farther for it. Make the trek to Roxborough and you’ll come across Dalessandro’s (600 Wendover Street, Philadelphia PA). Described as the ‘greasiest’ cheesesteaks in Philly, this place SEASONS their grill with fat before throwing the meat on. Look, there’s a reason you aren’t going to subway and there’s no point in doing things halfway. For more information, check out dalessandros.com
5. Geno’s Steaks
You’re either a Pat fan, or a Geno’s (1219 South 9th Street) aficionado. It’s kind of like Coke vs. Pepsi. Geno’s might be right across the street from Pat’s King Of Steaks, but it’s almost like a Yankee fan donning a Red Sox hat if you cross over. Geno’s has been around for more than 40 years and is open all day, every day. It really just comes down to which side you’re on. For more information check out genosteaks.com