The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, Part 10: Ishkabibble’s

Editor
Locals have been flocking here since 1979
Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

Yelp/ John K

Bread is lightly toasted before being piled with steak that’s grilled with onions and chopped to order.

This is part ten of a series of 10 discovering the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for the full ranking, and check out parts one,  two,  three, fourfivesix seven, eight, and nine.

A South Street institution since 1979, Ishkabibble’s is a hole in the wall with a few seats at the counter inside and a walk-up window facing the shaded sidewalk. While they pride themselves on being the inventor of the increasingly ubiquitous “chicken cheesesteak” (made with chicken tenders instead of steak), you should still order their cheesesteak. A fresh loaf of bread is lightly toasted and piled with steak that’s grilled with onions and chopped to order. While purists can stick with the Whiz, a combination of both Whiz and provolone takes this sandwich to the cheesesteak stratosphere.

Make sure you get a side order of onion rings or their perfect fries, which are both super-crispy, and wash it all down with a “gremlin,” or a mix of grape soda and lemonade. 

Related Links
The 10 Best Cheesesteaks in PhiladelphiaThe 15 Best Cheesesteaks Outside PhiladelphiaThe Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia Part 4: Steve’s Prince of SteaksThe Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia Part 5: John’s Roast PorkThe Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, Part 7: Sonny’s