One of the top questions we’re asked is where to find the Best Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is known for many iconic food treats including TastyCakes, soft pretzels and water ice, but cheesesteaks are probably the most famous culinary contribution from the City of Brotherly Love. Two well-known Philadelphia cheesesteak spots are Pats (1237 E Passyunk Ave.) and Geno’s (1219 S 9th St.), which happen to be located at the exact same intersection, have a friendly longstanding cheesesteak rivalry in the heart of South Philly. Each of these locations serves their cheesesteaks without many of the fixins you’re used to so you can really focus on enjoying the delicious cuts of meat. Don’t forget to ask for your cheesesteak “with wiz”, which means a heapful of delicious Cheez Wiz to top off your cheesesteak.
While in South Philly, also stop by Tony Luke’s (39 E. Oregon Ave.). Philly Insiders know that Tony Lukes consistently ranks in the top 5 for cheesesteak offerings in Philadelphia, being the only place where you can secure your cheesesteak on a fresh sesame seed roll, hence it’s loyal cult following. The cheesesteak exploration continues as you head over to South Street where you can enjoy cheesesteaks at Jim’s Steaks (400 South St.), Ishkabibble’s Eatery (337 South St.) and Steaks on South (308 South St.). Jim’s Steaks offer a host of toppings like provolone cheese and sautéed onions to top off your sandwich. Ishkabibble’s has a loyal following and they offer a fantastic chicken cheese steak as well. Newcomer Steaks on South is cultivating a local following with their well-seasoned meats and speedy service. At John’s Roast Pork (14 Snyder Avenue) enjoy cheesesteaks as well as onion rings and delicious roast pork sandwiches (a lesser known and maybe even better local specialty.) After completing this whirlwind eating adventure tweet us and let us know what your favorite cheesesteaks spots are @independent_PHL and use the hashtag #ICbestcheeseteak. Long live the Philly Cheesesteak!