The 15 Best Cheesesteaks Outside Philadelphia

You don't have to go to Philly to enjoy this epic sandwich

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15 outstanding cheesesteak sandwiches.

The mere fact that you're reading this story means that you know Philly cheesesteaks are absolutely delicious. You probably live outside of Philadelphia and are wondering what you can do to optimally satisfy the hankering you’ve been having for a sub sandwich topped with freshly grilled steak, sautéed onions and peppers, and either provolone or cheese whiz.

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The origin of the Philly cheesesteak dates back to 1930; Pat Olivieri, a hot dog vendor in South Philadelphia who had undoubtedly grown tired of eating his own hot dogs, threw some freshly butchered beef on his grill. A taxi driver smelled what Olivieri was cooking and asked for a steak sandwich instead of a hot dog.

According to the narrative, Olivieri’s hot dog spot was flooded with taxi drivers who had heard of the delicious creation and wanted to try it for themselves. Olivieri soon opened up Pat’s King of Steaks at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, eventually adding cheese to his sandwiches.

In 1966, Geno’s opened up across the street. Both establishments are open 24 hours a day and are in constant competition for the title of best cheesesteak in town. In fact, Geno’s founder, Joe Vento, claims that he, not Olivieri, was the first to add cheese to the steak sandwich.

But what do you do if you live outside Philadelphia and have a craving for the delicious sandwich? You could make one yourself, but who has that kind of time nowadays? And couldn’t restaurants do a better job of replicating the exact ingredients?

Luckily, The Daily Meal has searched far and wide to bring you 15 such establishments. From New York City to Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered. Many of these spots, like Joey’s in Detroit or the Cheese Steak shop in San Francisco, have fresh Amoroso’s bread and desserts from Tastykakes shipped in directly from Philly.

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Carl's may be the best in Manhattan, but the best cheesesteak in New York City is on Staten Island and it is called Shaggy's. It taste just as if it is in South Philly. I lived in Philadelphia for six years and had many cheesesteaks over the years.

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Carl's may be the best in Manhattan, but the best cheesesteak in New York City is on Staten Island and it is called Shaggy's. It taste just as if it is in South Philly. I lived in Philadelphia for six years and had many cheesesteaks over the years.

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As a life-long resident of Philadelphia, I have to ask how can you write an article about Philly cheesesteaks when you don't even know what they are? REAL Philly cheesesteaks do not have peppers on them, or mushrooms or anything else.

A Philly cheesteak is either "wit" or "wit-out" in reference to fried onions. If you want to go more authentic, order "whiz wit" and you'll get fried onions and the steak will be smothered in the wonderful mystery that is cheese whiz. No peppers, no mushrooms, no anything else.

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Philly cheesesteaks don't automatically have peppers and onions on it. That is a mistake people often make when adding this item to their menu. It should be an option bc some people like it, but when ordering a philly cheesesteak it should be just that unless the customer asks for peppers and onions.

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You left out the best place in Florida. Famous Philly's in Port Orange, Florida. Having lived in Florida most of my life, there were always "Cheese Steak" spots to try. It was only when I went to Famous Philly's did I fall in love with a sandwich. You HAVE TO TRY IT!!! Thanks, Ranelle

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Surprisingly I found Subway in Levy County , FL. to have a great Philly Cheese Steak. Just have the roll toasted. (* your chpoice of roll), Steak, Onions (Peppers if you like them) and Provolone Cheese. You can S&P to your delight. Great, not greasy! The Foot Long is stuffed with meat. I am only a customer. Sgt Pepper's on US1 in Cutler Ridge, FL also tops my list. ~Rick Magee, FL

RLM357's picture

Surprisingly I found Subway in Levy County , FL. to have a great Philly Cheese Steak. Just have the roll toasted. (* your chpoice of roll), Steak, Onions (Peppers if you like them) and Provolone Cheese. You can S&P to your delight. Great, not greasy! The Foot Long is stuffed with meat. I am only a customer. Sgt Pepper's on US1 in Cutler Ridge, FL also tops my list. ~Rick Magee, FL

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This article should have been titled 15 of the best cheesesteaks outside of Philly. So many places were left out that no one could possibly take it seriously. Just one of those left out, and my personal favorite is the philly cheese that you can get if you're ever visiting Greenville, SC at a small establishment called Dawgs On Pelham. Try it for yourself and see how it's done down south in our very own unpretentious way .

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