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The 10 Best Places To Get A Cheesesteak In Philadelphia

Originally published in Trip Savvy

Often considered synonymous with the city of Philadelphia, the classic cheesesteak sandwich is bursting with delectable flavors and textures. Adored by food-lovers, this iconic regional specialty is decidedly unique and incredibly delicious, featuring grilled, finely chopped, rib-eye beef combined with fried onions and topped with melted cheese (Cheese Whiz, American and provolone are the most popular). At some shops, a variety of other accoutrements are available as well, such as hot peppers, tomatoes or sautéed mushrooms. The fresh bread, of course, is as important as its contents: these hearty steak sandwiches are traditionally served on a long roll, cut in two halves. Read on for the best places to buy a cheesesteak in Philly (and one in Jersey).


This distinctive sandwich is also known for its accompanying stringent ordering process, which is considered critical in most of the legendary sandwich shops around town. Philadelphians start by requesting a specific type of cheese and then specifying if they wish to have onions – or not. So, for a steak sandwich, it’s simple: “wiz wit” means with Cheese Whiz and onions; “wiz without” means no onions. After that, you can ask for any additional toppings. Any variation in this process slows down the line, so it’s wise to know exactly what you want before you reach the counter.



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