Here's Where to Get an Unforgettable Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia

Certain cities are known for certain foods. Philadelphia is no exception, and many visitors to this city go in search of the best cheesesteak. Depending on who you speak to, their ideas of the best steaks may vary greatly, but generally, city-goers tend to agree on the same top venues. These restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out cheesesteaks really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Locals can't get enough of popular menu selections at spots like Jim's Steaks or at Tony Luke's, both major players in the field. Others prefer destinations such as Dalessandro's in Roxborough, or one of the rival steak shops in South Philly. Whatever your cheesesteak preferences (and there's a lingo that goes along with regulars who oder at these shops, so listen for it), you're sure to find a shop or two that makes these sandwiches to your liking. Part of the joy of finding that perfect sandwich lies n the search, so feel free to make discovering your just as much of an adventure. Do you prefer your sandwich with cheese, and if so what kind? Do you now what Cheez-Whiz is, and that it can be quite tasty on a steak? How about ketchup? Sauce? Onions (fried or regular), peppers (on the sandwich or on the side). The choices are a delicious part of the discovery process. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about.



Get your authentic cheesesteak on at Cosmi's Deli in South Philly. In operation since the early 1930's, these hoagie-masters know the art of the sandwich inside and out. Stop by for a more low key cheesesteak experience, but a delicious one...  Read More



What started as a small mom-n-pop grocery back in the 1940s has evolved into one of the signature places on Market to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak. Is it the best in town? You be the judge. Just know that you're not going to find to find a...  Read More

Sonny's Famous Steaks
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The crowds outside this humble little storefront on Market tell the whole story – Sonny's makes some of the best sandwiches you can hope to find in Philly. You won't find much on the menu, but everything that is listed, from the burgers to the...  Read More



Venture into this fine eatery for steaks, as well as hoagies, chicken, fries, salads, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. Steve's has several locations, and started out as a small corner store in a mall. Three decades later it is thriving and...  Read More



Formerly a hotspot known and frequented by mainly Philadelphia dock and construction workers, this venue has seen a recent upturn in clientele and popularity. Now folks from all walks of life stop here to see what the fuss is all about, and may...  Read More

South Street


It's best to know your P's and Q's before visiting this South Street cheesesteaker, where the grillmen take their choice top round very seriously. At Jim's, all steaks come with onions (that's just how they come, simple as that); subsequent...  Read More

Pat's King of Steaks


The self-proclaimed "King of Steaks," Pat Olivieri started out with a hotdog stand on the lower end of the Italian Market back in the 30s. As the story goes, one afternoon he decided to try something a tad different and grilled up some chopped...  Read More

Geno's Steaks


One of many places billed as Philly's "Best," Geno's certainly has its fair share of devotees on the south side of town. Begun in 1966 by fella named Joe Vento, this 24/7, take-out-only joint has the art of serving cheesesteaks down to a...  Read More



First-timers may ask, "What's an 'Old Philly Style Sandwich?'" The answer is right here, just a stone's throw from the I-95 over-pass. Tony Luke's has garnered accolade after accolade over the years, and its walls are adorned with the faces of...  Read More



Modest signage announcing "Steaks Beer-Hoagies" and the simple redbrick facade in no way prepare you for what this Roxborough treasure has in store. Indeed, those in the know claim that Dalessandro's may serve up the area's top cheesesteak –...  Read More