Cheesesteak: How to Eat an Icon

First, get yourself to the City of Brotherly Love. Not New York. Not Minneapolis. For authentic Philly Cheesesteak, it’s gotta be Philly.


Next, find your way to any one of these fine establishments. And be ready to queue.

  • The original home of the cheesesteak, Pat’s King of Steaks is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family. 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue
Pat's King of Steaks in Philly
Credit: Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia™
  • 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. 1219 S. 9th Street
Geno's Steaks in Philadephia
Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™
  • Jim’s Steaks has multiple locations, but the classic smell of fried onions wafting down South Street makes that outpost a memorable one. 400 South Street
Jim's Steaks on Philly's South Street
Credit: Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia™
  • Every sandwich at the award-winning Tony Luke’s is worth ordering, and the deliciousness now spans multiple locations across state lines.
Cheesesteak from Tony Luke's in South Philly
Credit: Photo by J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia™

Now that you’ve arrived in Flavortown, you need to know the lingo. Take a minute and listen to these cheesesteak pros give advice on how to order – because ‘you gotta specify everything dawg’.

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