While many of our iconic sandwiches are surrounded by debate regarding their origin, there is less controversy surrounding the creation of the classic cheesesteak sandwich . In 1930 Pat Olivieri, a Philly hot dog vendor, put some meat on his grill and a cabbie driving by ordered the first steak sandwich. Word spread like wildfire as cabbies across the city flocked to Pat’s for his steak sandwich topped with onions. There is debate as to who added cheese, but today’s incarnation of the sandwich is as synonymous with Philly as the Liberty Bell and Rocky Balboa.
That's why it came as quite a surprise when readers of 10Best and Sandwich America voted The Groove Cheesesteak Co. (formerly Southside Steaks) – a Pittsburgh sandwich shop – as the best in the state. It's a major upset that should have some Philly residents abuzz.
It was an extremely tight race, and the final result came down to a matter of a few votes between Pittsburgh's only nominated sandwich shop and Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies, a Philadelphia favorite. But the City of Brotherly Love was still well represented, with seven out of the top 10.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Cheesesteak in Pennsylvania are as follows:
- The Groove Cheesesteak Co. - Pittsburgh
- Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies - Philadelphia
- Forksville General Store - Forksville
- Jim's Steaks South Street - Philadelphia
- Philip’s Steaks - Philadelphia
- Steve's Prince of Steaks - Philadelphia
- Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop - Philadelphia
- Leo's Steak Shop - Folcroft
- John's Roast Pork - Philadelphia
- Pat's King of Steaks - Philadelphia
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jill Gilber (JillyFromPhilly), Erica Lamberg (10Best Local Expert) and Sharon Rigney (10Best Local Expert) were chosen based on their familiarity with Pennsylvania's food culture.
Other nominees included Chubby's Steaks in Philadelphia, DiMaria's Pizza and Italian Kitchen in Lilitz, Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, Giacomo's Market in Easton, Maggio's Restaurant in Southampton, Mama's Pizzeria in Bala Cynwyd, Pagano's Market & Bar in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Subs in Wilkes Barre, Pudge's Steaks & Hoagies in Blue Bell and Tony Luke's in Philadelphia.
Congrats to all 10 of our cheesesteak winners.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo