The land that introduced the world to Pat's, Geno's, and the concept of standing in line all night for a cheesesteak is in the midst of a whizzed-beef renaissance so massive that hitting every spatula-swinger will take you forever. Which is why we distilled the best of the bunch into one meat-packed weekend. Start fasting immediately:
1. Steve's Prince of Steaks41 S 16th St, Philadelphia
2. Chickie's & Pete's1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia
3. PYT1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia
4. Del Rossi's Cheesesteak Co538 N 4th St, Philadelphia
5. Campo's Deli214 Market St, Philadelphia
6. Jake's Sandwich Board122 S 12th St, Philadelphia
7. Barclay Prime237 S 18th St, Philadelphia
8. Pat's King of Steaks1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
9. Geno's Steaks1219 South 9th St, Philadelphia
10. Tony Luke's39 E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia
11. John's Roast Pork14 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia
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.
This solid sports bar's got eight locations, all boasting an extensive menu with the works. Fret not health junkies, there is a separate gluten-free menu too.
It's hard to go wrong with consuming a half-pound of red-sauced meatball flattened between two fried lasagna patties. If you don't catch that, you can always back it up with a summery Jamaican jerk chicken burger bundled between fried plantains.
This can't-miss hoagie joint brings deliciously delusional (but totally logical at 2a) combinations together. (Remember mom's pepperoni burger pies?! Wait, no, us either.) The menu is chock full o' grub under $10... which makes this place just awesome.
Serves authentic Philadelphia food in the heart of the hustle and bustle. Specializes in two authentic Philadelphia sandwiches -- Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies.
Jake's slings authentic hoagies and variations on classics (try the cranberry-mustard pork sandwich). They're also known for their involvement with Food Network's Outrageous Food, where diners can attempt to chow down a 2ft Philly cheesesteak. Sounds hard, right? Then maybe we shouldn't tell you that it's also topped with Tastykakes and Peanut Chews.
On the ground floor of the old Barclay building -- which was once the most famous hotel in the city and the site of the Abscam sting from American Hustle -- Barclay Prime is a high-end steakhouse, where options range from the petite 8oz filet to the dinosaur-sized PA Pride 50oz tomahawk rib eye. The first thing you need to do here is order the foie gras cheesesteak, because no other place has it. If for some reason you're not into delicious goose fat, dig into some Kobe sliders or another choice cut of steak.
Pat's is the self-proclaimed originator of the much-loved Philly cheesesteak, a claim that produces some artery-clogging competition with its across-the-street rival, Geno's. You may just have to eat a sandwich (or five) to see which team you're on. Whatever you do, do it old-school with some whiz.
Not messing around since 1966, Geno's shills out some of the best cheesesteaks in town with a quick-moving line. Guests are, um, encouraged to know what kind of cheese they want before they order. Success doesn't leave much room for idle minds.
This City of Brotherly Love mainstay specializes in classic Italian sandwiches and the only Philadelphia classic that matters -- the cheesesteak. Bite into one of their specialty jawns (the roast pork Italian should do) and tell your friends... unless your friends are fans of Pat's. Or Geno's. Or...
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.