What’s the best cheesesteak in Philly? The dividing question has a different answer from pretty much every local in the city, who all have their own favourites. The good news though, is that there’s countless places in Philadelphia where you’ll find a super cheesesteak.
Soft bread rolls stuffed with steak, with provolone, Whiz, or American cheese; “wit” fried onions or not – what could be better? It’s almost impossible to narrow it down to just seven places, but there are the spots that will never you let down…
Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia
John’s has gained mainstream recognition in recent years as having one of the best cheesesteaks in the city. Its secret weapon? Perfectly crusty seeded rolls from Carangi’s Bakery. Bring an appetite because you won’t want to leave a single delicious crumb.
Pat’s claims that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich back in 1930. This iconic cheesesteak haven is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family, and the grill sizzles 24 hours a day here. Want a cheesesteak at 5am? You’ve come to the right place.
Sonny’s Famous Steaks offers a fresh, healthier take on the recipe, frying the 100% Angus beef in its own juices rather than in oil. Sonny’s friendly staff are also eager to teach folks everything and anything about cheesesteaks — from how to order one in true Philly style to history.
Geno’s late owner claims to have first added cheese to the sandwich. For more than half a century, Pat’s and Geno’s have waged a (mostly) friendly competition, with visitors often ordering from both shops to see which they deem the winner.
It does thinly sliced rib-eye steak for maximum juiciness, the freshest of onions and house-made bread.
A South Street institution for decades, Jim’s makes one of Philly’s tastiest cheesesteaks. That means there’s often a line, but don’t worry – it moves quickly. The smell of the ribeye steaks sizzling on the grill will keep you keen while you wait.
Dalessandro’s is loved for its signature steak, chopped much finer than many of its South Philly competitors. They use only the freshest meats, cheeses, produce and bread to create their beloved cheesesteaks that are well worth travelling miles for.
This incredible cheesesteak is made with 100% USDA-inspected rib-eye steak and they bake their own rolls.
For the real Tony Luke’s experience, visit the restaurant’s original location, located next to an I-95 overpass on Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia. You pick up your sandwiches from streetside windows and either feast at the outdoor picnic-style tables or take them to go.