Of all the gifts Philly has given the world -- and there are many -- the cheesesteak might be the best-known. From the Fresh Prince to national magazines, everyone has their opinion about who makes the best steaks in the city. On this highly touchy subject, we’re ranking the best cheesesteak in 9 different neighborhoods sans the Pat’s and Geno’s of the world.

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Bella Vista

George’s Sandwich Shop (address and info)
We've previously mentioned George’s as one of our favorite underrated steaks in the city and it’s worth mentioning again. Sure, you could walk a few blocks over to Pat’s or Geno’s, but what's the point in picking up a vastly overrated sandwich (for the record Pats > Geno’s) when you can swoop in under the radar with a gem from George's?

First Street Steaks and Hoagies

Fishtown

First Street Steaks (address and info)
Somewhat of a newcomer to the area, First Street Steaks is serving up some solid sandwiches near Girard station. While reviews are a little mixed on the basic sirloin option, an extra $4 will get you a steak made with medium-rare filet tips.

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Manayunk/Roxborough

Dalessandro’s (address and info)
It would be blasphemy not to mention Dalessandro’s on a list of Philly’s best cheesesteaks. A steak from Dalessandro’s has all the key components: chewy bread, perfectly grilled onions, heaping amounts of steak, and whiz (should you choose to go that route). An honorable mention goes to Chubby’s across the street.

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Old City

Sonny’s Famous Steaks (address and info)
Often overlooked in the battle for cheesesteak supremacy, Sonny’s is a great option if you find yourself hungry at 2am in Old City (actually, the steaks are great at any time of the day). You might also be tempted with its burgers but be warned -- they take 20 minutes to make and that's a hell of a long wait at 2am.

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Queen Village

Ishkabibble's (address and info)
While the crowds might be waiting outside Jim’s, skip the lines and head to 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.

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Rittenhouse

Steve’s Prince of Steaks (address and info)
We’re a big fan of Steve’s only Center City location (the other three are in the Northern 'burbs) for its extra-soft rolls and sliced, not chopped, steak. A word of caution -- soft bread is great on the mouth but makes eating a messy experience.
 

South Philly

John’s Roast Pork (address and info)
In the tightly contested South Philly showdown between Tony Luke’s and John’s, the slight nod goes to John’s. John’s makes a really legit steak -- and even better roast pork sandwich -- and you can get a Tony Luke’s steak at a dozen other locations (seriously, this man is building a cheesesteak empire).

Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop

West Passyunk

Phillip’s Steaks (address and info)
Slightly off the beaten path, Phillip’s is a great option for before/after any event at the stadiums. If you’re not heading in the direction of the stadiums, Phillips is also worth a cab ride into South Philly to try the signature Old Fashioned --  a regular steak with grilled tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, and provolone.
 

Wissinoming

Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop (address and info)
A recent re-branding certainly doesn't diminish the quality of steak found at this NE Philly landmark. People have been coming in since 1979 to get the perfect Philly steak.

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1. First Street Steaks 1204 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (Fishtown)

Somewhat of a newcomer to the area, First Street Steaks is serving up some solid sandwiches near Girard station. While reviews are a little mixed on the basic Sirloin option, an extra $4 will get you a steak made with medium rare filet tips.

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2. Dalessandro's 600 Wendover St, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Roxborougheast Falls)

It would be blasphemy not to mention Dalessandro’s on a list of Philly’s best cheesesteaks. A steak from Dalessandro’s has all the key components: chewy bread, perfectly grilled onions, heaping amounts of steak, and whiz (should you choose to go that route). An honorable mention goes to Chubby’s across the street.

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3. Sonny's Famous Steaks 228 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Often overlooked in the battle for cheesesteak supremacy, Sonny’s is a great option if you find yourself hungry at 2am in Old City (actually, the steaks are great at any time of the day). You might also be tempted with its burgers, but be warned -- they take 20 minutes to make, and that's a hell of a long wait at 2am.

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4. Ishkabibble's 337 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

While the crowds might be waiting outside Jim’s, skip the lines and head to 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.

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5. Steve's Prince of Steaks 41 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA (Rittenhouse)

Stop in for award-winning double-meat ribeye jawns, bacon-cheese Texas Tommy dogs, and Italian hoagies. A rewarding late-night snack always awaits the viciously hungry passerby.

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6. John's Roast Pork 14 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (Pennsport)

Throwing down in the Philly cheesesteak arena is John's, local purveyor of delicious hot roast pork sandwiches. Arrive before 3pm to indulge in the cheesy, meaty wonders of this popular lunch shack. John's Roast Pork stands out in a city known for its sandwiches, and we are convinced that they serve up some of the best sandwiches of all time.

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7. Phillip's Steaks 2234 West Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

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

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8. Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop 6030 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135

No longer will you have to lie in polite company about your favorite South Philly cheesesteak spot and say it's Tony Luke's, because the longtime employee now running Torresdale Ave's legendary Chink's Steaks has remade the 64yr-old sandwich shop as Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop, paying homage to the sandwich institution by only continuing its offensively good traditions like hand-slicing ribeye and onions, and fizzing egg creams and floats to order with house-made sodas.

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