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The Classic Cheesesteak Restaurants of Philadelphia

Of course, the cheesesteak is a classic sandwich that has reach all across the country. You can get into an American deli in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, or Florida, and just enjoy. Here, the Philly Steak is almost 7 bucks, so it’s not as if it’s that expensive.

It seems obvious enough however, if you think about it, that the best Philly cheesesteaks in the country can be found in Philadelphia. Of course, you won’t exactly find a unanimous decision as to which restaurant in the city offers the absolutely best cheesesteaks. That’s a matter of contentious opinion.

But regardless of opinion, no list of the famous cheesesteak joints in Philadelphia will ever be complete without mentioning these classic cheesesteak restaurants in the city. All of these restaurants have been around for decades, and they sure know what they’re doing when it comes to cheesesteaks.

Pat’s King of Steaks, 1930

According to the legend, Pat Olivieri was running his hotdog cart at the corner of Ninth and Passyunk back in 1930 when he was grilling beef from a butcher to make his own lunch. A passing taxi driver noticed him, and mentioned that he should sell this sandwich as well.

It’s now almost a century later, and Pat Olivieri’s own nephew Frank Olivieri, Jr. is the head of what’s arguably the most famous cheesesteak shop in all of Philadelphia. It’s located at the junction of Ninth, Passyunk, and Wharton, near where that legendary hot dog cart was spotted way back when.

It’s open 24 hours a day, and fans gather here for the cheesesteak at all hours. During the Covid crisis, Pat’s continued on through the Goldbelly national delivery service, and that’s still an available option. But you can now go back to enjoying the cheesesteak while eating outdoors on metal tables. Or you can always just go for takeout. And as the place is only 15 minutes from the South Philadelphia sports complex, every 15 minutes or so a tour bus or limo passes by here to get cheesesteaks for the rabid sports fans.

If you do visit, you might notice that they don’t really chop the beef here. Instead, they go with extremely thin slices so the meat combines much better with the cheese. Go with the bestselling signature cheesesteak, which features Cheez Whiz and fried onions on an Aversa Bakery roll.

The other great alternative is the cheesesteak topped with mushrooms, along with either provolone or Whiz.

Jim’s Steaks

The history of the brand started in 1939, with the cheesesteak shop in a house on 62nd Street in West Philadelphia. William Proetto bought out the shop in 1966.

In 1976, William Proetto then partnered with his lawyer Abner Silver to open their second location on South Street. Other Jim’s Steaks soon followed. William Proetto passed away in 2011, but his family still owns the Jim’s Steaks locations in Springfield, Delaware County.

Meanwhile, the lawyer Abner Silver ran the South Street shop until he passed away in 2015. But his son Ken is still running the place. It’s a 2-level location, and there’s a very long line for the cheesesteaks a lot of the time. Usually, that line meanders throughout the store, out the front door, and goes on south onto Fourth Street. The whole place smells like a dream, with the aroma of grilled meat and onions.

The bestseller here is the iconic Whiz and onions on a Liscio’s roll, and it’s really good with the beer.


The outfit started out in 1960, with William Dalessandro offering his cheesesteaks in Ridge Avenue. A year later, he relocated to the nearby corner of Wendover Street and Henry Avenue, with a ground floor of a row house.

You can still find these delicious cheesesteaks in this location. Due to the pandemic, the place probably still offers pickup service only. You can park your car nearby, order your cheesesteak, and then wait around until you get your treat. There’s beer here, which makes the waiting not all that bad. Also, it goes well with the cheesesteak.

They chop the beef here, and then serve them on rolls from Amoroso. The most popular topping is American cheese instead of Whiz, so you should try that first.

Geno’s Steaks

It all started with Joey Vento, whose father also ran a cheesesteak stand in Philadelphia for years. Joey opened his own cheesesteak stand just across from Pat’s, and he named it after some bit of graffiti wall writing he found while he was renovating his place. He liked the name “Geno’s” so much that when he and his wife had a baby son in 1971, he named him Geno, too.

The place is open 24 hours a day, and they cut their beef into small slabs first. Then they set the meat on the griddle before piling it onto the rolls from Liscio’s Bakery. Most people add onions, but the bestseller here is the onions with Whiz.

So, get to Philadelphia and enjoy these classic Philly Cheesesteaks! This is what the cheesesteak is supposed to taste like!

Uneeb Khan
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