The cheesesteak, a crusty roll filled with thin slices of (or chopped up) ribeye and melted cheese, is a culinary institution in Philly. Finding the best cheesesteak is a cultural phenomenon, drawing tourists from across the nation for a taste of this iconic staple. The cheesesteak is Philly’s fast, ‘any-time’ sandwich, even making the menus at pizzerias and high-end restaurants. The classic recipe entails the simple bread-meat-cheese combo, other toppings include sautéed onions, mushrooms, ketchup, and hot and sweet peppers. Here’s our guide to the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.
Nestled along Passyunk Avenue, Philip’s Steaks is an unassuming casual spot bringing a true authentic cheesesteak experience to South Philadelphia. This hidden gem is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that cheesesteak lovers can get their fix at any time; and while this one’s a bit off the beaten path, it’s well worth the trek. Go for the Old Fashioned Cheesesteak, an off-the-menu item – sliced ribeye, provolone cheese, grilled tomatoes, onions, and long hots (spicy peppers).
Philip’s Steaks, 2234 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA, USA, +1 215 755 4820
Hot roast pork may be the said-specialty at John’s Roast Pork, but locals know the deal – head to the counter, order the cheesesteak, 12 ounces of chopped and grilled ribeye on a sesame seed roll with sauteed onions and melted cheese, and have a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables. An establishment since 1930, John’s Roast Pork is usually marked with a long line, so get there early.
John’s Roast Pork, 14 E Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA, USA, +1 215 463 1951
Venture towards Northwest Philly and find Dalessandro’s Steaks – a hoagie and cheesesteak mom-and-pop shop serving up ridiculous sammies alongside gourmet sodas, 20 different beers, and a free pepper bar for spicing up your steak. Go for the cheesesteak, made with a soft roll, melted cheese, and chopped ribeye – chopped vs. sliced is an ongoing debate, though Dalessandro’s claims this ensures the beef properly absorbs the flavors of the melted cheese and grilled onions, and we certainly agree.
Dalessandro’s Steaks, 600 Wendover St, Philadelphia, PA, USA, +1 215 482 5407
Mama’s Pizzeria, is a local pizza joint with one of the best cheesesteaks. Forget pizza, and opt for the cheesesteak – chopped ribeye, sauteed onions and melted cheeses. This one melts in your mouth – hello, cheesesteak heaven.
Mama’s Pizzeria, 426 Belmont Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA, +1 610 664 4757