Alan Richman, GQ Food editor and Philadelphia native has ranked his ten favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. In a single day, Richman and his crew of cheesesteak eaters managed to try 23-steaks and ranked the top-ten steak sandwiches in order.
There are plenty of zingers and a top-ten list that will be sure to be criticized. Unfortunately we don’t know which places he went to that didn’t make the list.
Here’s the top-ten list and some of our favorite zingers.
- Sonny’s Famous Steaks
“What a combination—wonderful cheesesteaks and attentive service. That’s almost impossible to find.”
- Philip’s Steaks
“At Philip’s, you pick up your cheesesteak, then do an about-face and eat standing up at a long, narrow, metal counter that stretches along the sidewalk. Of course, this style of dining is more fun when you’re facing the ocean, not West Passyunk Avenue.”
- Joe’s Steaks and Sandwich Shop
“More than 60 years passed before political correctness found its way to the Wissinoming neighborhood of Philadelphia.”
- Campo’s Deli
“Campo’s has a tip jar on the counter. I passed.”
- John’s Roast Pork
“The sandwiches are big and hearty, less refined than most, and most cheesesteaks aren’t refined at all.”
- Steve’s Prince of Steaks
“The sandwich was so tender and dainty I felt I was at a tea party.”
- Pat’s King of Steaks
“Pat’s operates so efficiently your sandwich will be handed to you at the same time as your change.”
- Steaks on South
“The sandwiches meet minimum cheesesteak standards, but lack finesse, style, or an identity.”
- Tony Luke’s
“Once a swell-looking spot, the walls lined with signed photos of local characters who ate there, the place has been transformed into a self-congratulatory shrine to owner Tony Luke Jr.”
- Geno’s Steaks
“No panhandlers here. I suspect any who approach the premises would be met by suppressive fire.”