Let’s face it: whipping up the perfect Philly Cheesesteak is an art. Few can do it decently, and even fewer can do it to perfection. What about when you go out to eat? Is there even a chance at cheesesteak bliss? Well, it depends on whether or not you’re in the right area of Philly–and even if you’re in the right part of the city, you still need to know exactly where to look. This is where word of mouth often comes in handy. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to figure out what people think of particular foods at specific restaurants. Here are the five hottest spots for Philly Cheesesteak lovers from the people who know best.
- Check out Tony Luke’s if you’re in the mood for something that tastes a little bit more home-cooked. You can grab a side of peppers or pickles, and the cheesesteaks themselves are served on delectable bread. They don’t cut as many corners as most other vendors. Best yet, the staff won’t make it easy for you. They’re jerks. It’s how they show you the love, and it’s one of the things that makes ordering from their windows such a plain delight.
- You can’t miss Geno’s Steaks if you’re in the area. It’s a 24 hour establishment at the intersection of 9th and Passyunk Avenue, and they know their business over there. That’s why there’s such a long line. Don’t worry–it’s worth the wait. If you’re not a local, everyone around you will know it right away. They order with a few words, while you’re more likely to have a short conversation about what you do or don’t want. Don’t let that stop you!
- If you’re ever on Market Street in Old City, don’t forget to stop by Campo’s Deli. This is an especially easy stop if you’re touring the city, since it’s not far from the Liberty Bell (and if you’re in Pennsylvania, then of course you won’t want to miss the disappointment of that tiny thing).
- Not everyone specializes in the Cheesesteak, but everyone gives it a try–and some do it better than others. That’s the case at McNally’s Tavern. Their Philly Cheesesteak is more like a sandwich than a sub, and they add grilled salami, sauce, and tomatoes to give it their own special flavor.
- Let’s face it. If you’re in the mood for a Philly Cheesesteak, then you’ve probably got an ache for a good drink too. Check out Dalessandro’s if you’re in the mood to both eat and drink. Since you’ve already travelled around the city in your quest for the perfect dish, you won’t mind heading toward Roxborough along the northwestern ridge.
Where do you find the perfect Philly Cheesesteak? You be the judge.