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where are "the best" cheesesteaks in Philly?

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where are "the best" cheesesteaks in Philly?

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  1. That's easy. In my tummy. Or used to be...

    1. Anyone else tired of this question? Anyone else resent that our whole gastronomic reputation is based on a pretty mediocre sandwich, not even the best we have to regularly offer? There is a reason that the damn csteak is not a big deal anywhere else...even at it's supposed best, it just isn't that great.

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      1. re: Chasdet

        Embrace the cheesesteak! While it may not be the best we have to offer, it can be seen as the "gateway food" to all of the other great Philly grub.

        BTW, steer clear of Geno's and Pat's. Middling at best. And Delassandro's (Roxborough) is overrated, IMHO.

        My favorites:
        Chink's (NE Philly)
        Steve's Prince of Steaks (NE Philly)
        Tony Luke's (South Philly)

        Then after you try the steak, graduate to a better philly sandwich, the roast pork italian. Roast pork with broccoli rabe (or spinach) with sharp provolone (it's gotta be sharp!) on a crusty roll. The best reside @ John's Roast Pork (South Philly) and DiNics (Reading Terminal Market). You'll thank me.

      2. Pat's steaks! There are fancier places but this is the (grease) bomb!

        1. If you are seeking the entire textbook cheese steak experience: atmosphere, South Philly attitude & great rolls, I would go to Genos. There you will see the rivalry between the 2 cheese steak houses of Philly, in addition to being able to order "with". I took my out of town tourist friend there and she LOVED the experience.

          I have heard that Tony Lukes makes better steaks (their broccoli rabe & sharp provolone has some in swoons).

          PS: Philly Chowhounds, I have copied this response onto a document on my computer, so if you see the exact same thing pasted into another cheesesteak question, don't be suprised.

          1. I agree with G Goo, steer clear of Pat's and Geno's. If deliciousness in a cheesesteak is what you desire, go to Sonny's in Old City.

            1. I'm personally a fan of Jim's. Nothing like waiting in line while the onion smoke permeates your clothing. Plan on washing everything you have on as soon as you get home. Provolone with, all the way!