In Philadelphia, the Philly Cheese steak is the top iconic dish. Many have attempted to duplicate it elsewhere around the world, but for some reason it’s simply never the same. Here’s where to find the most authentic and delicious Philly Cheesesteaks in Philly:
A Philly Cheese Steak is a long, crusty roll filled with carefully sautéed ribeye beef, topped with a selection of melted cheese. The traditional choice of cheese is either Cheez Whiz, provolone or American. The true art of preparing a Philly Cheese Steak lies in hitting the perfect balance of flavors and getting the “drip factor” right. Many attempt to recreate the experience outside of Philly, but to get the original iconic experience one has to travel to Philadelphia, the birth place of this cavalcade of flavors.
Let’s have a look at the most authentic Philly Cheese Steak restaurants!
1. Pat’s King of Steaks
Run and operated by the Olivieri family, Pat’s King of Steak is considered the original home of the cheesecake. It’s founder, Pat Olivieri is the original inventor of the Philly Cheese Steak dated back to 1930. From a small buffet at the corner of the Italian Market to a world known restaurant, their success story is the success story of the Philly Cheese Steak. Even though the fame and success, they still only operate one shop, which makes it even more special. The shop can be found on the same location as 80 years ago.
2. Jim’s Steaks
Jim’s Steaks is a chain of restaurants, but the original restaurant found on South Street is the iconic Jim’s. The unmistakable smell of friend onion rings that spread across the entire street is what makes it the favorite spot for Cheese Steaks for many.
3. Geno’s Steaks
Found right across the street from Pat’s, Geno’s is a true competitor to the oldest Cheese Steak spot. With its same 24/7 business hours as Pat’s, they cater to every urge to grab a Cheese Steak, whenever that hits. It’s been operating for nearly 40 years now and proves to be a true competitor of Pat’s.
Campo’s Deli is found on the most convenient locations of Philadelphia, just down the street of the Liberty Bell on Market Street. It’s Philadelphia’s favorite grab and go Cheese Steak joints, as many tend to choose this central location for a quick bite. Famous for its creative menus, Campo’s Deli also offers delivery services to nearby cities.
5. Rick’s Steaks
As a third-generation spinoff of Pat’s, Rick’s Steaks was founded by Rick “Prince of Steaks” Olivieri, who brought his love of the sandwich to the shops of Liberty Place. How they differ from the rest, is that instead of cooking the meat chopped up, they cook the beef in whole slices. By this method, they preserve the continuity and the flavors of the meat. Once the meat is perfectly cooked, it’s carefully placed on a roll of bread, and then the choice of cheese is added, topped by traditional fried onions to create a cavalcade of deliciousness.
So here you go, a healthy roundup of authentic restaurants serving your favorite, well deserved and much anticipated Philly Cheese Steak. Even though you can get close to the real thing in other states as well, your tastebuds will appreaciate the genuineness and hospitality that these restaurants provide when ordering the Philadelphia favorite from their menus.
Let us know in the comments if you had experience with any of these restaurants before, or if you want to add one to the list.
About The Author: Endre R. is a traveling nomad, freelance writer and guest blogger. He represents Marriott International, provider of the greatest Philadelphia Hotels.
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