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The Best Cheesesteak in 14 Philly Neighborhoods

Updated On 10/18/2017 at 04:46PM EST
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West Philly

Jim's Steaks

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This long-running cheesesteak joint has locations across the city, with the most tourists flocking to its South Street location, but the West Philly store is not to be overlooked. Not only does it deliver the signature and celebrated taste, but it does so in an area vastly lacking in the specialty.

Fairmount/North Broad

Jimmy G’s Steaks

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The spot just joined the ranks of Philly cheesesteaks when it opened relatively recently in 2013. It didn’t take much time before everyone came to adore Jimmy G’s self-proclaimed best fries in Philly, which pair quite perfectly with a cheesesteak and your choice of chicken, roast beef, and roast pork.

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University City

Abner’s Cheesesteaks

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A go-to for all the Penn and Drexel kids, Abner’s is generous with its portions and flexible with its hours -- in other words, it stays open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. What else could you ask for in a U-City cheesesteak?

Old City

Sonny’s Famous Steaks

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Often overlooked in the battle for cheesesteak supremacy, Sonny’s is a great option if you find yourself hungry at 2am in Old City (or any time of the day, really, though it helps that 2am is an option here). You might also be tempted with its burgers, but be warned -- they take 20 minutes to make, and that’s basically an eternity at 2am (or any time of day).

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Queen Village


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Skip the lines of the South Street Jim’s and head into Ishkabibble’s for the best steak on South Street. Our favorite is the original location, where you can order a steak and Gremlin (half lemonade, half grape soda) directly from the street.


One Pound Cheese Steak

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If you're wondering what sets this place apart, wonder no more: Here, you can get a 2-foot cheesesteak for $11. That’s 24 inches of sandwich for the price it costs to ride the El a few times, so based purely off value alone, it’s worth a visit. It's also open till 2am during the week, and 4am on weekends, which only sweetens the deal.

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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop

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A sloppy trip here after a night at Frankford Hall or Garage is all too necessary, though you don’t have to be blurry-eyed to enjoy these seared-to-order delicacies. Plus, soda and shakes as sides aren’t too shabby either. Don’t forget to also checkout Joe’s northeast location that started it all back in 1949, when the shop had a far less politically correct name.

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South Philly

John’s Roast Pork

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The competition in the southeast region of Philly is a no-brainer once you try John’s Roast Pork, though you'll need to stop by the ATM first for this cash-only spot, and don't be late: John’s tends to close by the late afternoon. The true golden meal here is the roast pork sandwich, but don’t let the name make you overlook the cheesesteak here, either.

North Philly

Max’s Cheese Steak

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Max’s not only had a cameo in Creed, and was the official cheesesteak choice of Roots MC Black Thought, but half of its business is also the full bar it shares a building with: Eagle Bar. Giant cheesesteaks, plus daiquiris? Sounds like a good decision to us. Just remember, a “full” size here is a little bigger than you may be used to -- as in, a whopping 20 inches. It makes for good leftovers if you can’t finish it in one sitting.

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Steve’s Prince of Steaks

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This is just one of several Steve’s locations throughout the city, which includes two in the northeast and one in Langhorne, but if you’re working downtown and could go for a lunchtime food coma, get in line. It’s well-loved for its extra-soft rolls and sliced (not chopped) steak -- just beware of the messy experience said soft bread can yield.

Bella Vista

George’s Sandwich Shop

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Sure, you could walk a few blocks over to Pat’s or Geno’s, but why on earth would you do that? Are you drawn to the neon glow of tourist traps? There’s no point in picking up a vastly overrated sandwich -- though, for the record, Pats > Geno’s -- when you can settle in at this under-the-radar gem instead.

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West Passyunk

Philip’s Steaks

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Slightly off the beaten path, Philip’s is a great option for before/after any event at the stadiums. If you’re not heading that way, Philip’s is also worth a trip into South Philly to try the signature Old Fashioned -- a regular steak with grilled tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, and provolone.


Gooey Looie’s Deli

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Cheesesteak sandwiches at Gooey Looie’s are packed to the brim, so if you’re a sucker for every single topping (or just can’t make up your mind), this is your place. If you can make it through this tasty beast of a bursting cheesesteak, reward yourself with a few Tums afterward.

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It would be blasphemy not to mention Dalessandro’s on a list of Philly’s best cheesesteaks. It has all the key components: chewy bread, perfectly grilled onions, heaping amounts of steak, and whiz (if you are of the persuasion that whiz is edible).

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Palizzi Social Club


Old-world Italian recipes in reinvented retro digs
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Rooster Soup Company


Charitable, crowdfunded spot for sandwiches, salads, and cocktails
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Walnut Street Café

University City

All-day cafe that can do upscale dining just as well as casual coffee
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Bar Amis

Navy Yard

Homestyle Italian small plates in an expansion of the Vetri empire
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Casual shop serving perfectly crafted Roman-style square pizza
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Maison 208

Washington Square West

New American restaurant with French undertones and a retractable roof
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Love & Honey Fried Chicken

Northern Liberties

Southern-style fried chicken with hearty sides and monthly pie specials
Love & Honey offers an easy -- and affordable -- way to indulge in Southern cuisine right here in Philly. Not only can you grab three- or six-piece chicken meals (or just order by the breast, thigh, and drum), but you can complete your plate with all the fixings for a comfort meal: mac & cheese topped with Ritz Cracker crumbs, cornbread, potato salad... the choice is yours. If you want wings, stop by Wednesday or Sunday, and don't be late -- the wings doused in hot honey sauce tend to sell out quickly.

Barcelona Wine Bar

East Passyunk

Some of the best Spanish tapas in Philly, alongside delicious cocktails
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Mistral KOP

King of Prussia

Probably the best high-end meal you'll ever have in a mall
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Urban Village Brewing Company


Gigantic brewpub in the Piazza serving brick-oven pizza
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