10 Best Cheese Steak Shops in Phoenix: Philly Flavors in the Desert

The best cheese steaks, of course, are in Philadelphia. At least that's what the purists will tell you. But what if you could find a hot, tasty cheese steak made from high-quality rib-eye steak in Phoenix?

That's what you'll find at Forefathers Gourmet Cheese steaks & Fries, hot and juicy sandwiches with quality deli meats and classic cheese wiz. It's the next best thing to hopping on a flight bound for the East Coast. Save your plane fare money and head here instead. 

Another worthy contender is the Bomb Steak sandwich at Best of Philly, a long-time favorite eatery in z. The Bomb Steak is stuffed with peppers, onions, cheese, and a whole lot of meat.

Over at Corleone's, the cheese steak sandwich is at the heart of the menu. At Corleone's, you only have one important decision to make: wit whiz or not? That's cheese whiz, the famous canned condiment that, in some eyes, makes a grilled steak sandwich taste more like the real thing. 

So, whether you're seeking an authentic take on the Philly cheese steak, or ready to take a bite out of a Southwestern-inspired version, Phoenix turns out not to be such a bad place after all for good eating.



What a Sub has been serving up their special "meals in a bun" for more than 25 years now. New visitors to this busy sub shop will find fresh cut meats, high quality cheeses, and fresh, oven-baked bread--all served up with a friendly smile. This...  Read More



Tommy Pastrami is a downtown Phoenix New York-style deli that caters mostly to downtowners and local offices. But its appeal is much wider than the average business lunch. Come here for irresistible and overstuffed sandwiches, and an array of...  Read More



Authentic cheese steak sandwiches in Phoenix? While they may not be made in Philly, the cheese steaks at Corleone's are a worthy (and tasty) homage to the original sandwich. Corleone's uses Amoroso rolls and the very best meat available. Go for...  Read More



Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is a well-known name amongst die hard sandwich fans. Who can blame them? This sandwich chain has established a winning formula for immense, luscious, and irresistible sandwiches. Namely, the secret is in the high...  Read More



Philly Steak & Wings uses only the finest ingredients to create memorable and authentic Philly cheese steak sandwiches. The sandwiches here are made using Allen Brothers Steaks, high quality hand-carved USDA prime steaks that are slow aged...  Read More



This classic hamburger shop features made to order burgers made with fresh, never frozen, 100% angus beef patties. Burgers come in singles, doubles, or if you're really hungry, the signature rocket size burger, a 12 inch sub role stuffed with...  Read More

Uncle Sam's


East Coast-style pizza and hoagies are the name of the game at Uncle Sam's, a friendly family restaurant that specializes in authentic, Philly-style fare. Steaks, hoagies, and grinders are created using only the highest quality meats and...  Read More

Best of Philly


Best of Philly has been a central Phoenix institution since opening its doors in 1995. This cozy, family-owned restaurant prides itself on its authentic mouth-watering Philly cheese steaks using only lean steak that is chopped on the grill with...  Read More

Defalco's Italian Grocery


DeFalco's Italian Deli and Grocery is an award-winning, traditional, and family-owned Italian grocery and delicatessen. This small but always-busy store and restaurant has been repeatedly named one of the best lunch spots in town by several...  Read More

Forefathers Gourmet Cheesesteaks & Fries
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Forefathers Gourmet Cheesesteaks & Fries is the closest thing you'll get to an authentic Philly cheese steak without having to hop on a flight back East. All the cheese steaks here are made from high quality thinly sliced steak and served on...  Read More


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Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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