Nothing says Philly more than our city’s signature cheesesteak sandwiches. But whether you’re a Philly native or a tourist just popping in, it can be hard to say for sure who’s really serving up the best dish. Here, five restaurants serving up some of the best cheesesteak variations in the city.
Who says cheesesteaks have to be messy? This sleek steakhouse declares that greasy tabletop counters aren’t the only places serving up these sandwiches anymore. Barclay Prime boasts the most expensive cheesesteak in the city, made from the finest cuts of wagyu ribeye, coupled with onions, foie gras and a truffled twist on that cheese whiz staple—all served on a fresh sesame seed roll. Wash it down with a half bottle of champagne. $120, 237 S. 18th St, 215.732.7560, barclayprime.com
Think cheesesteak and you’ll think big sandwich overflowing with grilled meat and melted cheese, but Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse had other plans in mind when they reinvisioned this classic dish. A little more cultural flair is evident within their cheesesteak dumplings, served with side sauces of honey mustard and sweet chili. $14, 1428-1432 Chestnut St., 215.246.0533, delfriscos.com
The shining star of this exclusive venue is its grilled cheesesteak. This luxe restaurant delivers a perfectly smoked prime rib covered in white american cheese and fried onions on a grilled hoagie roll. $13, 1031 Germantown Ave., 267.214.0086, germantowngarden.com
Staying healthy isn’t completely off the menu when it comes to enjoying V Street’s Wizkid Philly sandwich for lunch. Founder and Executive Chef Richard Landau substitutes the usual steak for grilled seitan, and drowns it in a rutabaga wiz. $11, 124-126 S. 19th St, 215.278.7943, vstreetfood.com
Philadelphians might have a lot of rules surrounding our classic dish, but nowhere does it say that a cheesesteak has to be a whole meal. If you’d rather a small bite full of big flavor, make a reservation at Davio’s for their famous Philly Cheesesteak Spring Rolls. This appetizer comes with all the familiar flavors, plus the kitchen’s homemade ketchup and spicy mayo on the side.111 S. 17th St., 215.563.4810, davios.com
From Top to Bottom: Photography by STARR Restaurants, Courtesy of Barclay Prime; Photography by Luke Plata, Courtesy of Neff Associates; Photography by Glu Hospitality, Courtesy of Germantown Garden; Photography by Vedge Restaurant Group, Courtesy of V Street; Photography by Briana Moore, Courtesy of Davio's Italian Steakhouse