Philadelphia’s Choice Cheese Steaks

9 STOPS | 29 MILES | 1 hr 35 min

Rating and ranking cheese steaks is a Philadelphia obsession, made all the more interesting because styles of steak differ dramatically. Traditional versions are made with thin flaps of meat; a popular alternative is to hack the meat into hash along with onions on the griddle. Then there’s the cheese issue: Whiz or provolone? Wit’ or wit’out? (onions) And there always are a wide variety of pickles, peppers, and hot sauces to serve as condiments. One of the most satisfying of all urban Roadfood eating tours is a cheese-steak tasting of Philadelphia and environs. This tour includes 9 of the best.


Steve’s Prince of Steaks

Steve's just might be the best traditional Philadelphia cheese steak: a classic topped with Whiz and grilled onions, packed into a shaft of quality bread.


Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop

Joe's is a neighborhood sandwich shop that serves some of the best Philly cheese steaks along with thick milk shakes.



Dalessandro's is a humble sandwich-shop diner that is among Philadelphia's best cheese steak sources.


Mama’s Pizzeria

Mama's is a humble, out-of-the-way restaurant serving some of the best cheese steaks and Italian hoagies in Philadelphia.

Must Eats

Jim’s Steaks

One of Philadelphia's best cheese steak restaurants, Jim's is notable for its art deco decor and for a classic meat-and-Whiz sandwich.

Must Eats

Lorenzo’s Pizza

It's called Lorenzo's PIZZA, but the main attraction at this corner restaurant in Philadelphia's Italian Market is excellent cheese steak sandwiches.


Pat’s King of Steaks

Pat Olivieri invented the cheese steak in 1930. His family continues to operate the definitive Philadelphia restaurant in the old Italian Market.

Must Eats

Tony Luke’s

Tony Luke's is one of Philadelphia's top sandwich shops, its cheese steak excellent, its roast pork sandwich sensational.


John’s Roast Pork

John's is a humble restaurant serving some of the best roast pork sandwiches and cheese steaks in Philadelphia and therefore the world.