Where to Find Cheesesteaks at the Reading Terminal Market

From classic to creative, here's where to get Philly's most beloved sandwich in the city's most iconic dining destination.

Cheesesteak at the Reading Terminal Market / Photograph courtesy of VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

What could be more quintessentially Philadelphian than a cheesesteak? Perhaps a cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market. This guide is meant as a helpful planning tool because arriving at the market without a plan is likely to only result in chaos and stress. If you’re looking for something beyond cheesesteaks, we’ve got a guide for that, too. But if you’re looking for something classically Philadelphian and loaded with cheese, read on for all the cheesesteak information you could ever want.

Miller’s Twist
Miller’s Twist does hot and buttery soft pretzels for every situation (seriously, there’s an egg and cheese one that is one of our favorite breakfast sandwiches in the city), but one of their most surprising innovations is a soft pretzel stuffed with sliced beef and tons of melty cheese. It’s not traditional by any means, but it is delicious.

Beck’s Cajun
Another non-traditional option is Beck’s Cajun, which offers a Trainwreck Po’Boy: a stack of steak, salami, and andouille sausage, topped with melted cheese and fried onions. It’s served on a baguette, which is far from the traditional Italian roll, but we like the innovation (and the spicy kick from the sausage).

Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies
Carmen’s does a classic cheesesteak, but they’re better known for the Franklin, which incorporates cream cheese and American cheese. If it sounds like a lot, it is, but it also has the best texture and flavor of any of these cheesesteaks. They have long slices of fried onions as opposed to the more traditional diced cubes you find wit other cheesesteaks. The result is that you get more onions per bite, which is something we can certainly get behind.

Cheesesteaks from By George / Courtesy of By George, Alexandria Smith Photographer

By George
A visit to By George follows the traditional Philly wisdom that the best cheesesteaks come from pizza shops. By George does brick oven pies and slices and is one of the market’s most popular spots for cheesesteaks. They’re big enough to share between two people and come with the classic topping options: provolone, American, Cooper sharp, and, as a bonus, a house-made cheese sauce in place of wiz.

In the world of cheesesteaks, people like to debate sliced versus chopped, and Spataro’s lands decidedly on the chopped side. These sandwiches are juicy; you’ll need to eat them leaning over a plate, with plenty of napkins to mop up the mess. Add peppers or onions if you’d like, but the real action here is in the grease (which we mean as a compliment).

Molly Malloy’s cheesesteak / Photograph courtesy of Molly Malloy’s

Molly Malloy’s
If your instinct is to have a beer with your cheesesteak, we applaud you. For that, you’ll need to go to Molly Malloy’s, a classic bar tucked inside the market with more than 20 beers on tap and a totally respectable cheesesteak served on a seeded roll with sliced ribeye and Cooper sharp.

Down Home Diner
Down Home Diner’s cheesesteak omelet isn’t technically a sandwich, but it has all the important ingredients: seared ribeye steak, caramelized onions and provolone cheese. Just imagine the biscuit is an Italian roll and you’ll be set.