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Best Cheesesteak near Logan Square

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KVF Dec 21, 2010 11:18 AM

Hi everyone, I will be in philly for a night next week and am staying in Logan Square and will not have a car. Can anyone recommend the best cheesesteak within walking distance? Thanks in advance for the advice, I am not familiar with the city at all.

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    phillyjazz Dec 21, 2010 02:40 PM

    Logan Square is not a cheesesteak haven. You can peruse this map,

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

    You are within walking distance of smack downtown, and even Jim's at 4th and South if you are a hiker. Although I ordinarily avoid pizza joints for steak sandwiches, Joe's Pizza right downtown does a good job. Also, in that neighborhood, Oscar's Tavern on Sansom makes a righteous and greasy sammy, and you can get drunk on the cheap as well !

    If you are not a big walker, and also not a drinker, the food court at Libery Place (an indoor mall) usually has some kind of serviceable (if not memorable) example (though stores may change periodicially.)

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      KVF Dec 21, 2010 02:59 PM

      thanks!

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      barryg Dec 21, 2010 03:17 PM

      Shank's downtown location is within walking distance. Not sure how late they are open. Anyone had the cheesesteak there?

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        phillyjazz Dec 22, 2010 03:59 AM

        Not the new one... The old Shank's an Evelyn's made a decent one. I think they were more atmosphere than substance, though.

      2. joluvscards Dec 22, 2010 04:08 AM

        Where are you staying? There are lots of buses nearby that will take you into town. There's not much in this area except for a decent Indian and very good korean/sushi place. I would get a bus to queen village/south street and go to Jims.

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          KVF Dec 22, 2010 06:12 AM

          Thanks everyone!

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            KVF Dec 22, 2010 08:54 AM

            Another idea, do any of the really great places have reliable delivery? Just realized I could order in...

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              barryg Dec 22, 2010 09:07 AM

              No, and you wouldn't want it anyway--the steaks are best eaten immediately.

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                phillyjazz Dec 22, 2010 11:42 AM

                Agreed .. Especially if you order one with fried onions (or sauce) it will be a soggy mess unless eaten immediately. Sometime they can be a soggy mess even if you DO eat them immediately.

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          phillyjazz Dec 22, 2010 08:19 AM

          I just remembered Mace's Crossing right on the Parkway. I usually get their chicken cheesesteaks (the only place in the world I eat those..) I am sure their traditional cheesesteaks must be quite good as well.

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            doxiemom Dec 22, 2010 08:38 AM

            Mace's Crossing does do a decent cheesesteak. There is also Mike's Steaks downstairs at Comcast Center in the food court. I haven't been in a while, but I got them from there when we had friends in town and they were surprisingly good - excellent bread - and really reasonable.

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            Bob Loblaw Dec 22, 2010 03:12 PM

            Cherry Street Tavern always used to have a 'beef and cheese's sandwhich. didn't claim to be a cheesesteak. don't know if it's good or not, but it's a great neighborhood bar.

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              barryg Dec 22, 2010 05:35 PM

              It's a hot roast beef sandwich, like Nick's. I'm not sure but I think it's only offered on a kaiser roll. Nothing like a cheesesteak, but a pretty good sandwich--not as good as Nick's though.

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                phillyjazz Dec 22, 2010 05:52 PM

                I used to live at Park Town Place (on the parkway) when I first moved to Philly. I had a roast beef sandwich at Cherry Street EVERY NIGHT on the way home from work. If the beef was just roasted, and rare, I would have it just like that. If it had been cooked well done, I would have it soaked with gravy.

                I don't believe they even HAVE a grill there. They DO roast their own beef, an it is a great beef-n-beer bar. Maybe not up to Nick's but they are not a legend.... just a great corner taproom.

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                  barryg Dec 22, 2010 05:57 PM

                  Yep, no grill, no fryer, just roast beef and cold cut sandwiches. And potato chips, IIRC.

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                    discndav Jan 10, 2011 11:36 AM

                    I've been going to Cherry St Tavern (at 22nd St) once a month for over 10 years now.
                    Their roast beef or pork on a kaiser roll are both fabulous. The roll soaks up the juices from the meat. I add the optional horseradish on the side, simply deliciuos!

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                      phillyjazz Jan 10, 2011 11:43 AM

                      is Bill still behind the counter making the sammies ?

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