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Dec 21, 2010 11:18 AM

Best Cheesesteak near Logan Square

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

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

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      1. re: barryg

        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. 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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          1. re: KVF

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

            1. re: KVF

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

              1. re: barryg

                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.

        1. 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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          1. re: phillyjazz

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: Bob Loblaw

              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.

              1. re: barryg

                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.

                1. re: phillyjazz

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

                  1. re: barryg

                    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!

                    1. re: discndav

                      is Bill still behind the counter making the sammies ?