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Where to Find the Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

Interactive guide to Philly’s signature sandwich

Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia.

Everyone agrees that the cheesesteak, the celebrated Philadelphia sandwich invented by Pat Olivieri in 1930, should be made with chopped beef and melted cheese. But opinions are strong when it comes to personal preferences about the degree to which said beef is chopped, the type of cheese to be melted, the bread used to make the sandwich, etc.

Those who prefer thinly sliced and finely chopped beef on a light roll often cite Roxborough’s Dalessandro’s as cheesesteak perfection. Others who prefer more coarsely chopped beef topped with gooey Cheez Whiz swear by Pat’s on Passyunk Avenue.

And still others refuse to even consider that a finer sandwich could exist than the thick, extra-cheesy steak sandwich from John’s Roast Pork in South Philadelphia.

The good news is that wherever you decide to go while you’re in town, you’ll definitely be experiencing an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. And no matter if it’s your first or your 101st, each bite is always worth savoring.

How to order a Philly Cheesesteak

When ordering a cheesesteak, the idea is to let the cashier know a.) that you would like a cheesesteak, b.) what type of cheese you want (American, Provolone or Cheez Whiz), and c.) whether or not you want fried onions. And you have to be as concise as possible while doing so.

Locals have become so adept at this practice that they basically have it down to three words: saying “one whiz with” to the person behind the counter means that you would like one cheesesteak topped with Cheez Whiz and fried onions. Get some more tips from locals in our Cheesesteak 101 video below.

Find Your Favorite

Now that you have a grasp of the intricacies of the construction and ordering process for a Philadelphia cheesesteak, it’s time to try one for yourself.

Discover your new favorite cheesesteak with our interactive guide (complete with map) of where to find the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, below.

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Cosmi’s Deli

Cosmi

A corner deli in South Philly executing excellent cheesesteaks, hoagies, roast pork and more

Award-winning and independently owned for decades, Cosmi’s serves some of the best hoagies, cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches in Philadelphia.
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Chubby's Steaks

Satisfying cheesesteaks on Henry Avenue

Located across the street from Dalessandro's, Chubby's on Henry Avenue chops thin sliced top-round steak for their cheesesteaks served on Amoroso rolls. Eat-in or take-out is available with seating and bar service available.
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Ishkabibbles

Streetside steaks, fries and “Gremlins”

Quick service is the hallmark of this long-running South Street walkup window, considered the innovator of the chicken cheesesteak. Don’t forget the jalapeno-covered Spanish fries on the side and a Gremlin (half grape, half lemonade) to wash it all down.
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Sonny’s Famous Steaks

The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.
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Philip’s Steaks

Another classic, must-visit cheesesteak establishment in South Philadelphia

Philip’s Steaks is another 24-hour cheesesteak joint on Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia – like Pat’s and Geno’s above – it’s just a little more out of the way than those two. But that off-the-beaten-path vibe gives Philip’s Steaks more cred if you’re looking to find a really great cheesesteak that not everyone has tried before.
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Abner’s Cheesesteaks

Old-school Philly cheesesteaks

A campus stalwart for more than 20 years, Abner’s enjoys such lasting popularity that it actually ships its real-deal steaks to former University City students and residents throughout the country. They also offer pizza, stromboli, sandwiches and more until the wee hours of the morning.
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Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill

The secret is in the sauce

With monstrous single slices and pizza pies that range from 14 to 26 inches, Lazaro’s does thin-crust pizza right. But the other menu options, including 18-inch cheesesteaks, are worth a taste too.
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Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co.

On a roll

Two brothers anchor this Whiz-topped newcomer off Spring Garden, a welcome addition to a part of town surprisingly lacking in cheesesteak options.
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Paesano’s II

Paesano

Serious sandwiches with Italian influence

The second location of Northern Liberties’ gourmet Italian sandwich shop resides in heart of the Italian Market. Among the bread-swaddled options: roasted suckling pig adorned with long hots, sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, as well as fried lasagna topped with a fried egg.
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Gooey Looie’s

Packed sandwiches served freshed in Pennsport

Seriously stuffed hoagies and cheesesteaks await in an unassuming, no-frills shop within the gated Pennsport Mall. Gigantic creations with enough deli meat and cheese to cover many more normal-sized sandwiches have kept locals full and content for years.
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Joe's Steaks and Soda Shop

Dishing cheesesteaks and egg creams since 1949

Joe's Steaks and Soda Shop, originally opened as Chink's Steaks, has been slinging quality cheesesteaks in Northeast Philadelphia since 1949. Today, the location retains its old-school soda shop atmosphere where you can order up an egg cream to go with your sliced rib-eye cheesesteak.

Now Open: Joe's new location on Frankford Avenue brings its classic cheesesteaks and soda shop-style to Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.
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SpOt Gourmet Burgers

Look for the yellow cart with a red spot for praise-worthy cheesesteaks

Simplicity is key at Spot Burger, a small, bright-yellow roving food cart and mecca for high quality eats on-the-go. Parked regularly on the campus of Drexel University, Spot uses rolls from Conshohocken bakery, a plethora of cheese choices and daily-cut sirloin for their cheesesteak, which is repeatedly named a favorite among lovers of the Philly sandwich.
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Sumo Steaks

Sumo Steaks

Offering authentic cheesesteaks in North Philadelphia

Located near the campus of Temple University, Sumo Steaks serves up authentic Philly cheesesteaks made with quality ingredients.
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Alla Spina

Vetri's spin on the classic cheesesteak

Marc Vetri's Italian beer bar-inspired eatery in North Philadelphia serves up their take on the traditional two Philly food traditions: cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. Indulge with their chopped house made mortadella sausage topped with cheese and served on a pretzel roll.
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Jimmy G's Steaks

Late-night cheesesteaks on Broad Street

Located across the street from the iconic Divine Lorraine Hotel, Jimmy G's Steak on North Broad Street is open late for those post-midnight cheesesteak cravings. Like many classic cheesesteak joints, Jimmy G's only has outdoor seating (but plenty of it).
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Oregon Steaks

Around the clock cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia

A relative newcomer to the scene, Oregon Steaks is hard to miss with a bright and inviting storefront at 10th and Oregon South Philadelphia. Open 24/7 and located near the Philadelphia sports stadiums, Oregon Steaks is a great choice for a post-game meal with a full menu of cheesesteaks, hoagies and pork sandwiches.
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Jake's Sandwich Board

Slow roasted, hand-carved cheesesteaks in Midtown Village

Jake's offers a creative and delicious spin on the cheesesteak at their two locations in Midtown Village and University City. Slow roasted, hand-carved brisket is placed on a fresh seeded (or unseeded) roll and topped with a variety of items including crunchy onions, beef bacon or fried pickles.
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First Street Steaks

Customizable cheesesteaks under the SEPTA El

Located under the SEPTA El, First Street Steaks offers easily accessible cheesesteaks near Philadelphia's Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Kensington neighborhoods. Steak sandwiches can be made with sirloin or filet tips and topped with a number of cheeses, sauces and extras. Counting carbs? All sandwiches can be made in bowl form.
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Oscar's Tavern

No-frills dive bar in Rittenhouse Square

Once you've enter through the unassuming red door on Sansom Street, you may not want to leave the cosy confines of Oscar's Tavern. The no-frills dive bar has cold, cheap beer and satisfying cheesesteaks that come with an extra half.
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Barclay Prime

Barclay Prime

Stephen Starr’s elegant modern steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square

An upscale steakhouse in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Barclay Prime features traditional favorites and playful creations made with high-quality ingredients like the $120 cheesesteak topped with Wagyu ribeye and truffled cheese whiz.
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