Philadelphia’s Choice Cheese Steaks

9 STOPS | 29 MILES | 1 hr 35 min
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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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

Dalessandro’s

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

4

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.

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5

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.

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6

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.

7

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.

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8

Tony Luke’s

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

9

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.