For years on end, I have been seeking out the best Philly Cheesesteaks from all over the city. It's not always the easiest thing to do since I don't live in Philly and often when I find one place that's good, I'll end up going back there for the next however many months or even years. anyhow, here's a little round up of some of the top Cheesesteak places in the City of Brotherly Love.
Pat's - They say this is the original place, but it tastes like amateur hour to me. Like many out-of-towners this was the first cheesesteak I ever ate in Philly, and I was completely unimpressed...even then, as a complete newbie.
Geno's - This place is even worse than Pat's. A complete waste of time. Plus the guy who runs it is a hothead who puts all kinds of inappropriate political crap all over the exterior of his shop. Don't even bother.
Jim's - For years, when I didn't know better, this was my place of choice. There's a location on South Street which is perfect for out-of-towners anyhow. It's an okay steak. But it honestly lacks in flavor in the meat and the sandwiches are often cold, even right after they give them to you.
D'Alessandro's - This spot is also completely overrated. I get the feeling this is the type of place for people who think Big = Good when it comes to cheesesteaks. They do give you a lot of meat. But the sandwich doesn't really come together.
Cosmi's - I wanted to love this place - a nice little Mom & Pop Italian deli in South Philly - but I just couldn't. You can get better cheesesteaks in Baltimore.
Tony Luke's - Now this place is good. The meat is a little more fatty than I generally like. but it is unquestionably a solid cheesesteak. They have plenty of other great sandwiches too. I tried the Meatball Parm today and it was excellent.
Chink's - This place is almost perfect....almost. The rolls are terrific. They make incredible milk shakes. The one minus is that they sometimes leave a little too much grizzle in the steak. But it is a very, very, very good spot.
Steve's Prince of Steaks - He calls himself the Prince, but to me Steve is the King. The sandwiches are awesome. The American cheese is melted before it's put on and you can get it on the cheese fries as well if you want (which I highly recommend) instead of the standard whiz. The steak is great, the roll is fantastic and the cheese rocks. Plus they're all doled out in just the right amount. Steve's is a must for any serious cheesesteak lover.