(originally published 1.6.15. updated 1.19.18)
The Philly Cheesesteak is a civic icon, tourist draw and cultural obsession! You could easily make a mess of things when ordering the city of brotherly love’s most treasured food. So if you don’t want to be a total tourist about it heed the advice of the locals in these two videos sent to us by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and UWISHUKNEWPHILADELPHIA Learn the art and lingo before you get in line for this flavorful sandwich in four simple steps. The easy part: eat and enjoy.
Here’s a tip:
Ordering a Philly Cheesesteak is serious business. Know what you want before you get to the counter and be quick about it!
Cheez Whiz with fried onions–that’s a Whiz With.
Provolone without fried onions ask for a Provolone Without.
How To Order A Philly Cheesesteak:
Philly Cheesesteak 101:
Best Places To Find A Cheesesteak:
Nearly every pizza shop on any corner of every neighborhood in the city serves up the mouth-watering delicacy. Here are a few notable Center City and South Philadelphia spots, many of which are featured in the two videos:
- Cosmi’s Deli is a relative newcomer among the cheesesteak contenders, winning recent accolades from Philadelphia magazine.
- It may be across the street from the oldest cheesesteak joint in town, but Geno’s Steaks is a formidable competitor going roll for roll with Pat’s for nearly five decades.
- The brisket cheesesteak at Jake’s Sandwich Board can be adorned with either mild provolone and caramelized onions or, less conventionally, wasabi spread and crunchy onions.
- Jim’s Steaks has multiple locations, but the classic smell of fried onions wafting from 400 South Street makes that outpost a memorable one.
- A small shack amidst shopping plazas, John’s Roast Pork is frequently cited as one of the city’s top steak spots. Its secret weapon? A crusty seeded roll.
- The original home of the cheesesteak, Pat’s King of Steaks is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family.
- With rolls from Conshohocken bakery, a plethora of cheese choices and daily-cut sirloin, Spot Burger’s food cart has been repeatedly named a favorite among cheesesteak lovers. Locations vary. You can also order online at Grubhub.
- Every sandwich at the award-winning Tony Luke’s is worth ordering, and the deliciousness now spans multiple locations across state lines.
Photo (above): Jim’s South Street – Philly’s Best Cheesesteak