The Best Cheesesteak in Philly
Jul 26 , 2011
Cheesesteak is Philly's signature dish, and several restaurants claim to have the best cheesesteak in Philly. Try them and you'll enjoy a sandwich of thin rib-eye steak slices, your choice of melted cheese (get the Cheez Wiz), and grilled onions that makes cheesesteak such a tasty treat.
Geno's Steaks: Know your order, or go the end of the line
Geno's Steaks is actually owned by a guy named Joey Vento. He had to choose a different name when he opened back in 1966 because there was already a Joe's Steaks in the neighborhood. After neighborhood kid had inscribed “Gino” on the back door, Joe changed that to Geno, and his restaurant started serving some of the best cheesesteak in Philly.
Don't expect patience because the line moves fast and you'll be passed over if you don't know exactly what you want, and your chance to taste the best cheesesteak in Philly will be lost, or at least delayed until you go through the line again. Your cheese options are American cheese, Provolone, or Cheez Whiz. Geno's Steaks is open around the clock, so you can satisfy your cheesesteak urge any time of the day or night.
Jim's Steaks: Lines around the block, tastes that change your life
If you wonder whether Jim's Steaks on South Street has the best cheesesteak in Philly, watch the line at peak times extend down the block and you'll have your answer. Don't worry; the wait goes by quickly because hesitation is not tolerated. Jim's chops the meat in a way that lets the cheese run through it, resulting in amazing taste.
Pat's King of Steaks: Birthplace of the cheesesteak
Pat's King of Steaks lets you enjoy the best cheesesteak in Philly at the place where it all began. Founders Pat and Harry Olivieri are said to have made the first-ever cheesesteak sandwich in 1933 when they grilled some thinly sliced steak and onions as a new lunch dish at their hot dog stand.
The sandwich quickly replaced hot dogs on the menu. You can still order the best cheesesteak in Philly at Pat's, with your choice of American cheese, Provolone, Cheez Whiz, or pizza sauce. Be sure to specify whether you want your steak "wit" or "wit-out" onions. Pat's is open 24 hours for all-night noshing.
Campo's: The hidden gem
Campo's is not as well known to tourists as Geno's or Pats, but it serves up the best cheesesteak in Philly if you're willing to seek it out. Located in the heart of the historic district, Campo's serves up traditional cheesesteak and several interesting varieties. How about a Flyer's Ice Steak with Philly Cream Cheese, fresh tomato, oregano, and hot cheddar cheese? Or is the Heater more to your liking, with its Jalapeno cheddar and Buffalo hot sauce?
But don't worry if you're a purist. Just order up a traditional cheesesteak and you'll soon see why Campo's has some of the best cheesesteak in Philly. They even ships care packages overnight throughout the United States in case you miss that great taste when you have to leave.
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