Eating a Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia is a time-honored tradition–even presidential candidates make a campaign trail pit stop to grab one here! And while Pat’s and Geno’s have the most notorious cheesesteak rivalry in the city, it’s up to you to decide which spot is your favorite. A word to the wise, though: most spots are packed once the bars close, so be prepared to wait!
Pat’s King of Steaks
Intersection of 9th Street, Wharton and Passyunk
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The famed Pat’s Steaks is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except Christmas and Thanksgiving). In addition to cheesesteaks with “wiz”, American and provolone, Pat’s has french fries, roast pork sandwiches and hot dogs.
1219 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The equally-famous Geno’s is also open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Surprise, surprise: in addition to all the usual cheesesteak components and add-ons, Geno’s also offers the usual sides (fries) and sandwich alternatives.
Steve’s Prince of Steaks
7200 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Steve’s Prince of Steaks has three locations: one on Bustleton Avenue, one on Comly Road and one in Langhorne. While it may look like a tiny spot out front, don’t be fooled, because there is BIG taste inside. If you are looking for a cheesesteak made with thinly sliced beef — no gristle! -– you want to try Steve’s. Just don’t forget to peruse the full menu of hot and cold sandwiches, because they’re all good.
39 East Oregon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Tony Lukes in South Philadelphia has a HUGE cheesesteak; in fact, there is no holding back on portion size for any of the sandwiches at this establishment. With a diverse menu, you can feed the entire family with just a few orders. Cross the street to the sports bar for some cold drinks post-meal.
Dalessandro’s Steaks & Hoagies
600 Wendover Street
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Located just a short drive from Center City out in Roxborough, Dalessandro’s is lesser known to outsiders but serves up arguably the best cheesesteaks in the city. This is a wonderful spot to grab a yummy steak and a beer or gourmet soda. It caters to traditional cheesesteak lovers who prefer American or provolone over “wiz,” and if you don’t have the time to hang out, they do a big takeout business–call ahead!
214 Market Street
Old City, Philadelphia
While many people don’t think of Center City as a hot spot for cheesesteaks, you can certainly score an awesome cheesesteak while roaming around historic Old City. Catch up with Ben Franklin, then head over to Campo’s for a cheeseteak in the ultimate Philly tradition.