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Attention Philly hounds! Car-less visiting L.A. Chowhound needs to know-- Where is the best Philly Cheesesteak available by SEPTA (subway and W2 lines)

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Attention Philly hounds! Car-less visiting L.A. Chowhound needs to know-- Where is the best Philly Cheesesteak available by SEPTA (subway and W2 lines)

Mr Taster | | Nov 24, 2009 04:14 PM

Hello Philly hounds

My wife and I will be arriving at PHL around 2:30pm on Wednesday, and will be taking the Septa W2 Warminster train to visit my grandmother for the holiday. Since the train goes through South Philly, I was hoping to get an out-of-this-world cheesesteak on my way up to Richboro.

We're absolutely OK with going out of our way to get this. My research on this board has come up with the following recs:

John's Roast Pork (sounds phenomenal-- if the roast pork is that good, this might be a great 2-for-1 experience)
Chubby's
Chink's
Tony Luke's
Steve's Prince of Steaks

Which would you recommend? Have I missed anything obvious? (I've intentionally left D'Allesandro's off the list due to recent downhill reports).

Also, I can't quite tell what the consensus is on whiz vs. provolone. If I've never had a great cheesesteak, how should I get it? Also, what does the standard Philly roast pork sandwich consist of? I'd never heard of it before reading these boards, and I'm originally from New Jersey.

Lastly, we'll be wearing our big carry on backpacks, so we'd prefer not to walk too far off the subway line (though we will go out of our way for a phenomenal representation of the sandwich) or walk through anywhere dangerous (though we are from central Los Angeles-- however east coast urban blight is somehow more intimidating).

So to summarize--

1. What the best sandwich with the best SEPTA connections?
2. What is the most traditional way to get your cheesesteak/roast pork prepared?
3. What SEPTA route would you take to get there?

Thanks!

Mr Taster

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