Best of Philly

Best Cheesesteak

2015 BEST Cheesesteak

Philly’s Finest Sambonis

These Northeast Philly buddies, who debuted their food truck on the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, have dreamed up a new model of cheesesteak: They hollow out the roll so each bite is light on bread, heavy on beef, cheese and fried onions, and much less of a dribbly mess.

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2014 BEST Cheesesteak

Spot Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork

Steve, Jim, Pat and Geno pretty much do one thing: steaks. But Josh Kim, from the confines of a food cart the size of a shoebox, whips up everything from burgers to lobster rolls. And yet his cheese-steak is still a cut above, thanks to slices of hand-cut sirloin that are seasoned well and layered… Read more »

2013 BEST Cheesesteak

Pittsburgh Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar

1800 Federal Street, Philadelphia, PA

Stacks of seasoned quality beef piled to the rafters with coleslaw and salt-and-pepper fries, all atop a crusty hoagie roll: This behemoth has us saying nice things about the Burgh and a cheesesteak for the first time in longer than we can remember. Read more »

2012 BEST Cheesesteak

Tony Luke’s

39 East Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Readers’ Choice: It was a fight to the finish, as the Philip’s folks worked hard to get out the vote among their devotees. (The even called our office. Often.) But in the end, stalwart Tony Luke’s walked away with Best Cheesesteak honors. Read more »

2011 BEST Cheesesteak

Mama’s Pizzeria

426 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Don’t let the whole “pizzeria” thing or the bizarre clown motif inside throw you. First, everyone knows that clowns love cheesesteaks. Second, the Mama’s crew uses sandwich-artist magic to ensure that every bite of their fat sandwiches contains juicy steak (natch), the house cheese blend and onion in ideal proportions. Read more »

2010 BEST Cheesesteak

Johnny’s Hots

1234 North Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Out of a shop the size of a studio apartment: chopped, just-greasy-enough meat packed in wit’ diced fried onions and a generous layer of Whiz (or prov, if you like) on a torpedo roll, for a change. Totally worth the trek to Fishtown to savor on one of the few outdoor benches. Read more »

2009 BEST Cheesesteak

Wit or Witout

7352 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

It’s been years even decades since someone was brave enough to enter into the Philly cheesesteak wars. But 2009 saw the opening of Wit or Witout, where Mayfair native Nicole DiZio not only tossed her name into the ring, but opened her modern red-and-gray shop in one of the key battlefields: the Northeast. And boy,… Read more »