Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and associate editor Niki Achitoff-Gray came to Philadelphia and sampled 30+ cheesesteaks over two days. And what did they find? “Finding a truly great cheesesteak in Philly is hard. Like, alarmingly hard.”
And as I’ve been eating my share of cheesesteaks over this Year of the Cheesesteak, I agree with what came out of their guiding principles. Especially that the meat is consistently underseasoned, bland and often dry.
As for their favorite cheesesteaks, these are the four Serious Eats highlighted (not in a particular order) as Philadelphia’s best cheesesteaks.
All four of these spots have been reviewed by Foobooz this year, John’s and Sonny’s faring better than Dalessandro’s or Campo’s. Sonny’s was also praised by GQ’s Alan Richmann when he came to Philadelphia for cheesesteaks earlier this year.
The Best Cheesesteaks in Philly [Serious Eats]
Year of the Cheesesteak [Foobooz]