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Is Geno’s better than Pat’s? It’s a matter of opinion
Geno's is renowned for its cheesesteaks, which are among the best in Philadelphia.
This is part three of a series of 10 discovering the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for the full ranking, and find part one here and part two here.
Holding down the corner of South Ninth Street, Wharton Street, and East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia along with longtime rival Pat’s, Geno’s Steaks was founded in 1966 by Joey Vento, who was a regular fixture there until he passed away in 2011 (His son, Geno, who was named after the restaurant, now runs it). The walls and even the roof are decorated with memorabilia and framed photos of celebrities who have dined there, and the seating areas are utilitarian at best, but really, it’s all about the cheesesteak.
As opposed to Pat’s, where thin-sliced ribeye is chopped up on the grill, at Geno’s the sliced steak stays whole. Vento was always in favor of provolone, but you get your choice of Cheez Whiz, provolone, or American. You can also order a pepper, mushroom, or pizza steak, or a roast pork sandwich. Save the roast pork for the third or fourth visit, though; a cheesesteak from Geno’s, whether it’s with onions or without, or with provolone or Whiz, is something that every Philly visitor should experience.
He shows us how to make a classic Philly cheesesteak with cheese sauce and onions, an Italian-inspired cheesesteak with oregano and provolone cheese and a cheesesteak and hoagie hybrid with fresh lettuce and tomato.
Whiz Wit Philly Cheesesteak
This is the Philly cheesesteak! Geno's Steaks has been cooking up the city's signature dish since 1966. Now you can enjoy a taste of Philadelphia without leaving home.
Italian-Style Philly Cheesesteak
There are many variations on the classic cheesesteak, but this one might just be my favorite. The caramelized onions, seared tomatoes, melty provolone cheese and flavorful oregano give this sandwich a distinctively Italian twist.
Philly Cheesesteak Hoagie
I love this recipe because it combines the best parts of an authentic Philly cheesesteak and a classic hoagie. Perfect for those who have trouble deciding between the two!
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Is There a "Best" Philly Cheesesteak?
Few things are more iconic to the city of Philadelphia than the Philly cheesesteak. Sure, there are the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, whose steps were made famous in the Rocky films. Many outside of the city will try to duplicate the famous sandwich, but few can do so successfully. With so many options, you might ask, "Where do I find the best cheesesteak?" If your mouth is already beginning to water, stay tuned as we explore a few of the top-rated cheesesteak spots in Philly.
What Exactly Is a Cheesesteak?
In essence, a cheesesteak is a sandwich of grilled, thinly-sliced rib-eye beef and melted cheese in a long, crusty roll. Usually, the cheese in question is Cheese Whiz, but other acceptable cheeses include American and provolone. There are a variety of other toppings available, depending on the vendor, including fried onions, ketchup, and peppers.
The cheesesteak is a humble, readily available food in the region, found anywhere from food trucks to even high-end restaurants. They're fast and portable, and that's part of their charm.
John's Roast Pork
The name may mislead you, but John's Roast Pork has been cited as one of the best spots for a cheesesteak in the city. What sets their cheesesteaks apart from other competitors is the crusty seeded roll. They have even received a James Beard Foundation Award for Culinary Excellence.
Pat's King of Steaks
This list wouldn't be complete without including the first and oldest cheesesteak shop, Pat's King of Steaks. Still owned and operated by the family of the founder, Pat Olivieri, who invented the sandwich, it may very well be one of the most famous steak shops in the world. Luckily for hungry late nighters, Pat's is open 24 hours.
Located across the street from Pat's is long-time competitor Geno's Steaks. The two businesses have been contending for decades. The key to success here lies in the juicy rib-eye and the freshest bread and onions.
Woodrow's Sandwich Shop
Woodrow's on South Street takes the classic recipe and gives it a gourmet kick, making it one heck of a sandwich. Their specialty, the "Woodrow's Whiz Wit" consists of thinly shaved beef, caramelized onions, cherry pepper mayo, and truffle-infused Cheese Whiz.
Campo's provides authentic Philadelphia flavor while being conveniently located in Old City, making it an ideal stop for tourists. At only three blocks from the Liberty Bell Center, Campo's isn't as out of the way as some of the other spots on this list.
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Geno's is catty-corner from Pat's King of Steaks, its fierce rival.
In my experience, Philadelphians' preference between these two purveyors of cheesesteaks comes down to which you tried first in your youth.
While many heated debates over which reigns supreme have been had, I can tell you with total confidence that both make a fine sandwich. If you have a strong preference, by all means, patronize one over the other — but should one line be absurdly long, shuffling to the other side of the street won't be a disappointment if you're in a rush.
It’s a common conundrum. The cheesesteak you ordered for lunch comes piping hot off the grill — beef juicy, cheese molten, roll pleasantly crusty. You dig in, savoring this delicious moment. And for a little while, all is right with the world.
But let’s say you want to save half of that substantial sandwich for later, or maybe you ordered an extra for tomorrow (hey, we don’t judge). As much as you want that leftover cheesesteak to live up to its freshly-made brethren, you know the chances are slim.
Throw that precious bundle of cheese, meat, and carbs in the oven without a plan and you run the risk of drying it out. The toaster oven, while our preferred way to refresh cold slices of pizza, isn’t quite as good at freshening non-flat food. Don’t you dare think about sogging up that steak by zapping it in the microwave.
Thankfully, an expert in the field has come to our rescue with a proven technique for reviving a cheesesteak that’s been hanging out in your refrigerator — or even freezer. Tony Luke Jr. did us all a solid and posted a quick, informative video to Facebook with specific instructions for how to reheat his steaks.
Luke spent a year figuring out how his steaks could be frozen and reheated at home so that he could ship that South Philly flavor around the country. Here, he breaks down a simple and quick method for thawing and then reheating one of those steaks. Check it out below.
Best Philly Cheesesteaks In Philadelphia How do these rankings work?
25th. Ishkabibble’s Eatery
Head on down to South Street to check out Ishkabibble’s where they’ve been slinging savoury cheesesteaks since 1979. While their claim to fame might be their original chicken cheesesteak, their classic Philly cheesesteak is just as mouthwatering. Wash it down with an original Gremlin – a half-lemonade, half-grape-juice beverage that’s as refreshing as it sounds.
24th. Jim’s South Street
A South Street institution for decades, Jim’s makes one of Philly’s tastiest cheesesteaks. That means there’s often a line, but don’t worry – it moves quickly. The smell of the ribeye steaks sizzling on the grill will keep you keen while you wait. Go ahead and order two. You’re absolutely going to want to take one home with you to munch on later they’re just that good.
23rd. Jimmy G’s Steaks
Jimmy G’s is a local favourite, serving hot chopped and slab styles on fresh, warm Liscio rolls. It doesn’t matter how you order this sandwich, Whiz wit or Provo without, it’s going to tantalise your tastebuds in a way you’ve never felt before. And, they also serve a rendition that’s just as tasty for takeaway later: a Philadelphia Cream Cheesesteak.
22nd. Oregon Steaks
Deep, deep in South Philly you’ll find the newcomer Oregon Steaks. Even though they’ve been around for over five years now, they’re new compared to other Philly cheesesteak joints in the city. But, that doesn’t stop them from serving some of the most irresistible cheesesteaks around. They’re open 24/7 too, making this one of the best places for a late-night cheesesteak run.
21st. Gooey Looies
As the name suggest, the cheesesteaks here are ooey, gooey, and oh-so-delicious. Gooey Looies is by far one of the best places to sample a great Philly cheesesteak, especially if you’re looking for something full of flavour. You’re going to easily roll through a stack of napkins while eating here, but that’s all part of the experience. Juicy, flavourful and messy is a sign of a quality cheesesteak.
20th. Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co.
If variety is what you’re after then Del Rossi’s Cheesesteak Co. is one of the best places for a cheesesteak in Philadelphia for you. They’re well-known for the array of different options available. Sample any one of their dozen cheesesteak and chicken cheesesteak options. Or, sample them all! Really, anything you order is going to leave you dreaming about cheesesteak long after the last bite.
19th. Cosmi’s Deli
Cosmi’s Deli is a quaint, quiet corner store in South Philadelphia. In fact, it’s pretty easy to miss if you’re not looking closely. However, upon walking into this little deli, you’ll be delighted by the incredible smell of perfectly-cooked steak, grilled onions, and fresh bread from Sarcone’s Bakery. The beef here is coarsely chopped. So, if that’s your style, you’ll love the cheesesteak from Cosmi’s.
18th. Pagano’s Steaks & Hoagies
Headed out of South and Central Philly? Pagano’s Steaks & Hoagies is home to one of the best Philly cheesesteaks in North Philadelphia. This small store is cash-only and takeout-only, making it great for lunch on-the-go. Expect chopped-style steaks doused in ketchup, which is a North Philly thing. You can, of course, request otherwise, but we suggest sampling the local style.
17th. Shank’s Original
There’s a reason why the Philly cheesesteak sandwiches at Shank’s have won so many awards. Simply put, they’re some of the best cheesesteaks you’ll find in the entire country, and not just their classic. They also serve savoury pizza, steak, and roast pork options. Each one is as delicious as the next.
16th. Leo’s Steak Shop
If you’ve got the time to sample 25 of the best Philly cheesesteaks in Philadelphia then you’ve got time to head a bit outside of the city to sample the ones at Leo’s. Massive portions, finely-chopped meat, and a classic taste and style make the cheesesteaks here simply irresistible. Well worth the short drive outside of central Philly.
15th. McNally’s Tavern
McNally’s Tavern has been serving warm, tasty cheesesteaks since 1921, so they’ve had some time to perfect the balance of flavour and ingredients. They’re famous for their “Schmitter” sandwich here, which is a unique reimagining of the classic cheesesteak. It’s served on a kaiser roll and topped with delightful ingredients. Wash it all down with one of their craft beers. We can’t think of a more perfect flavour combination.
14th. Oh Brother Philly
If you’ve been around for a while, then you might know that Oh Brother Philly serves some of the best burgers in the city. However, they’re also well-loved for their melt-in-your-mouth Philly cheesesteaks. The locale itself is cosy and inviting, making it the perfect stop for any traveller that’s tired after a day of touring.
13th. Steve’s Prince of Steaks
It’s hard to argue that Steve’s Prince of Steaks serves one of the best Philly cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. Here, they cook their meat on a flat grill and serve it up on a long roll that doesn’t overpower the cheesy goodness of the sandwich. Guests rave about how well-balanced the cheesesteaks here are, even though they’re spill-over-the-paper messy and delicious.
12th. Campo’s Philly Cheesesteaks
Campo’s is well-known by travellers as being a super tasty and convenient option for those new to Philly cheesesteaks. It’s centrally located right on Market Street, making it the ideal pit stop for lunch after a day of exploring the city. Order Maggie’s Old Fashioned Cheesesteak for a dive into traditional Philly flavours. Or, sample any of the other cheesesteaks on their menu. You really can’t go wrong here.
11th. Sonny’s Famous Steaks
Sonny’s Famous Steaks offers a fresh, healthier take on the recipe, frying the 100% Angus beef in its own juices rather than in oil. The friendly staff here is also eager to teach folks everything and anything about cheesesteaks — from how to order one in true Philly style to the mouthwatering history of the sandwich itself.
10th. Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop
As the name suggests, you can indulge in more than just high-quality cheesesteaks at Joe’s. This old-fashioned soda shop and neighbourhood diner has been around for years, serving some of the most fantastic milkshakes alongside their famous cheesesteaks. The combination of sweet and savoury is something you simply can’t miss, especially if you love your sandwich doused in tasty Cheez Whiz.
9th. Philip’s Steaks
Juicy meat, crunchy onions, and perfectly crisp bread all make Philip’s home to one of the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. However, you’re going to want to make sure you ask for the Old-Fashioned. It’s a bit different, but locals love it. It comes with beef, provolone, grilled tomato, and fried onions. Trust us, you’re going to want to order more than one.
8th. John’s Roast Pork
John’s has gained mainstream recognition in recent years as having one of the best cheesesteaks in the city. Seeing as they’ve been serving hungry locals since the 1930s, it seems to all be about their secret weapon. What makes their cheesesteak so tasty? Perfectly crusty seeded rolls from Carangi’s Bakery. Bring an appetite because you won’t want to leave a single delicious crumb on the table.
7th. Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop
If you find yourself exploring the famous South Street in Philly then head on over to Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop to sample some of the most well-crafted sandwiches in the city. Amongst many other tasty menu items, they craft one hell of a cheesesteak. Start with the famous Woodrow’s Whiz Wit, which they serve with shaved ribeye, caramelised onions, and an irresistible truffle-flavoured cheese whiz. We’re drooling.
6th. Tony Luke’s
This incredible cheesesteak is made with 100% USDA-inspected rib-eye steak. And, they bake their own rolls. For the real Tony Luke’s experience, visit the restaurant’s original location, located next to an I-95 overpass on Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia. You pick up your sandwiches from streetside windows and either feast at the outdoor picnic-style tables or take them to go.
5th. Dalessandro’s Steaks & Hoagies
Dalessandro’s is loved for its signature steak, chopped much finer than many of its South Philly competitors. They use only the freshest meats, cheeses, produce and bread to create their beloved cheesesteaks that are well worth travelling miles for. Not convinced? Walk into the storefront and the smell will have you salivating before you can even get in line to order.
4th. Chubby’s Steaks
What Chubby’s claims to specialise in are cheesesteaks, cheese fries, and ice-cold beer served in frosted mugs. If that doesn’t sound like foodie paradise then we don’t know what does. Here, they’ve perfected the balance of fried onions, American cheese, and rib-eye steak cooked to perfection on an amoroso roll. The finely-chopped meat ensures you can easily devour this tasty cheesesteak in seconds.
3rd. Geno’s Steaks
Geno’s late owner claims to have first added cheese to the classic Philly sandwich. For more than half a century, Pat’s and Geno’s have waged a (mostly) friendly competition, with visitors often ordering from both shops to see which they deem the winner. You’ll find that Geno’s specialises in a thinly sliced rib-eye steak for maximum juiciness, using only the freshest of onions and house-made bread for added taste.
Numerous locals and food blogs rank Cleavers as having the best Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Perhaps it’s the central location or the fact that they serve a scrumptious veggie option for non-meat eaters. Or, it might be the sheer variety they serve a classic Philly as well a BBQ sammie and something called Papa’s Favorite. Really, everything here is delightful and delicious. So, try it all.
1st. Pat’s King of Steaks
Listen, we totally understand the somewhat fictitious rivalry between Pat’s and Geno’s. And, while it’s actually really hard to rank the absolute best cheesesteak in Philadelphia, for travellers, we absolutely recommend visiting Pat’s if you’ve only got time for one cheesesteak. Pat’s claims that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich back in 1930. Here, the grill sizzles 24 hours a day, serving up hot, cheesy sandwiches to locals and travellers alike.
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Home to the famous soft pretzel (with mustard of course), the Tastykake factory, and some of the best regional potato chips Philadelphia has long been known for its great tasting foods. However, the one food that has topped all of the above, the one which cannot be made the same way anywhere else around the world, is the Philadelphia Cheesesteak. The sliced beef, chopped onions, and melted cheese all on a six to twelve inch hoagie roll, come together to make one of the most renowned foods in America. The creation of the steak sandwich adds to Philadelphia's already lengthy food résumé in America.
Not just a sandwich, but a battle, the contests to create the best Philadelphia Cheesesteak joins the likes of Eagles vs. Steelers, and Penn State University vs. the University of Pittsburgh, as one of the most heated rivals in Pennsylvania. The battle to make the best Philadelphia Cheesesteak has been one for ages since the creation of the scrumptious sandwich.
One day in 1930, the owners of a little hotdog shop in Italian immigrant-filled South Philadelphia decided it was time for a change. Tired of their normal lunch of hot dogs from their shop, Harry Olivieri went to a local grocery market to purchase some beef. Harry and his brother Pat then sliced up the beef, grilled it with some onions, and placed it on a roll. Just before beginning to dig in, a cab driver caught the alluring aroma of the hot beefy sandwich. Upon asking for and receiving his food, legend has it that the cabdriver shoveled down the five-cent beef sandwich and stated, "Hey. forget about those hotdogs, you should sell these." Before either brother had taken a bite of their delicious discovery, the sandwich became a hit. Within days of the initial mouthful, word spread. Cab drivers from around town were demanding the extraordinary steak sandwich.
It took Pat Olivieri ten years to finally succumb to the demand for the steak sandwich and begin selling it as his main attraction. In 1940, the Olivieri brothers opened up Pat's King of Steaks in South Philadelphia, at 1237 East Passyunk Avenue, where it has survived for over sixty years. Not until twelve years later did cheese get added to the recipe of the already mouthwatering meal, giving birth to the modern Cheesesteak.
The invention and spread of the delicious sandwich brought travelers from all around the country to try the newfound glory. Conversely, along with the success the new business brought Pat's, the creation of the Cheesesteak brought competition. In 1966, after years of minimal competition for their sandwich, Joe Vento opened up the foe of Pat's King of Steaks, Geno's Steaks. The two have been in a heavy weight showdown for more than 40 years. The only problem with this boxing cliché is that this match does not end after three rounds, and the competitors do not give themselves space in between punches.
Geno's Steaks opened up a minimal distance from Pat's. The two businesses go to war for customers only the width of a street away. Joe Vento chose 1219 South 9th Street as his location for his sandwich shop. The dilemma: 1219 South Street and 1237 East Passyunk Avenue are the corner addresses at the intersection of South Street and East Passyunk Avenue. Coincidence or not, the location and quality of each company has lead to the Cheesesteak Civil War.
Perhaps the spark of the great dispute of who makes the best sandwich started when cheese was added to the initial steak sandwich in 1952. Both owners take credit for the final ingredient that made the steak sandwich into the Cheesesteak sandwich. The people at whatscookingamerica.com state that longtime employee Joe Lorenzo melted cheese onto the normal recipe because he wanted to try a new twist. On the other hand, the people across the street from Pat's make the claim that the melted cheese was added by their company, but not until Geno's opened in 1966. After decades, the dispute has yet to be resolved, and probably never will be.
In Philadelphia, the Cheesesteak stands for so much more then just a sandwich it has become part of life to Philadelphians. It is a fact that Philadelphians come off as hardcore sports fans, in some cases rude and obnoxious. Known as the fans who threw snowballs at Santa Claus, they take very little offence to this hardnosed fans claim. When it comes to somebody insulting their pride and joy, they go through the roof. For decades their sports teams have failed to win the big game, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship, or Stanley Cup, the citizens needed to defend something. What did they choose? A sandwich, the sandwich, the Philly Cheesesteak. The CEO of the Corbin & Company Capital Management firm, Dave Corbin, wrote an article in May of 2008, about his travels across the United States as a high-class businessman. In his article he says that he has eaten at over fifteen restaurants in 45 of the 48 continental states Based upon Dave Corbin's ratings, Philadelphians finally have a title to defend in 2008. Dave Corbin classified Geno's Steaks as the number one place to eat in the continental United States for 2007. Although Pat's King of Steaks was heart broken, Philadelphians could not have been more proud.
The Cheesesteak lifestyle has developed so much that Pat's and Geno's restaurants have created something similar to their own language. Geno's and Pat's both have a sign outside their order window that serves as language course for ordering food. A Cheesesteak with onions and with American cheese does not exist. Buyers can have three types of cheese on their Cheesesteak: American, Provolone, or cheese whiz. In regards to onions, it is "wit (yes) or widout (no)." An order for a Cheesesteak with cheese whiz and onions would sound more like "Cheesesteak whiz wit." Each store has the instructions posted so that new customers can learn the ropes before put under the spotlight. Pat's sign also includes the advice, "If you make a mistake don't panic, just go to the back of the line and start over." With such high demand and so many hungry customers a day, the two businesses get so crowded that employees insist customers know what they want before being asked.
The Passyunk Avenue and 9th Street intersection has gone from the immigrant part of town to the equivalent of the red carpet in Philadelphia. Just as movie stars, athletes, and musicians come from all over for the next big event in Hollywood the same goes for South Philly's Cheesesteaks. Pat's has pencil sketches of any big named celebrity who has graced the store with its presence, while Geno's has photos of numerous celebrities on their website. From singer Jessica Simpson to television personality Vanna White, from basketball star Yao Ming to talk show host Regis Philbin, celebrities cannot go to Philly without trying a Cheesesteak.
Celebrities have gained or lost points to their public image in Philadelphia based upon their Cheesesteak experience. Sylvester Stallone, already loved by the Philadelphia public for his work in the Rocky films, gained even more points because he stood outside of Pat's King of Steaks during one scene in the first movie. Bad press can also come from an improper encounter with Cheesesteak society. In 2004, presidential candidate John Kerry ordered his Cheesesteak with Swiss cheese. This caused many people in the media to laugh and brought some bad reviews from Philadelphians. In 2005, when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania placed a wager of a Cheesesteak with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, following the tradition that governors of states with teams in the big game will make a food-related bet on the outcome. Mitt Romney turned down the sandwich saying, ". the Cheesesteak has no nutritional value." Philadelphians looked upon Romney and Kerry as if they were Cowboys fans, never a good thing in Philadelphia.
The love for the Philly Cheesesteak no longer lies just within the city limits. As people move from the city around the country, their craving and passion for the sandwich stays with them. Once someone has tasted the unforgettable tasting sandwich, it becomes nearly impossible to not desire it again and again. Substitutes for the original Cheesesteak have been made, Steak-Ums being the most popular. However, this alternate form of the Cheesesteak is nothing more than what Egg Beaters are to chicken eggs. Bloggers have posted all over the Internet saying that once you eat the Philadelphia Cheesesteak, you cannot eat another form of Cheesesteak anywhere else in the world.
The debate that started on a small block in Philly in 1966 has grown over the years. The Cheesesteak debate no longer involves just Philadelphia locals, but it includes politicians, athletes, movie stars, etc. People from all around the country have their own opinion on who has the best Cheesesteak. Most likely no one will never know who in fact added the cheese to Pat Olivieri's steak sandwich, but people are sure glad someone did. The sandwich has become a celebrity in its own right. Unlike all other celebrities, however, it will never die. Its past may stay somewhat hazy, but its future is bright and full of promise. It gives the City of Brotherly Love just one more reason to be proud.
If you make the trip to Philadelphia and find yourself in the Mecca of cheesesteak sandwiches, then you will find one thing in common with all of them. A flat-top grill to quickly sear the meat and the onions and peppers and to help melt the cheese.
Flat top grills benefit from wide and flat heat, typically with a cast-iron surface. So, they can quickly cook meats, and especially the thin slices of ribeye ideally used for Philly Cheesesteaks.
You can melt the cheese with a dome-like stainless steel bowl at the same time as grilling the onions and any other toppings you might like on your cheesesteak sandwich like mushrooms or green peppers.
Finally, you can also toast your bread inside lightly right on the griddle too. All that on one cooking surface and all at the same time makes a big broad flat top grill like a Blackstone so fun to cook with.
What is the best meat for a classic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches?
To really go all the way and keep it real, then you have to go with thinly sliced ribeye steak. The ribeye is wonderfully marbled so you get all the flavor from the marbling. Also, the thinly sliced steak allows more flavor from the meat to shine through as well.
If you want to make it easy, then go ahead and look for the pre-sliced ribeye steak that you can find in the freezer section at the market. It is actually sold as &ldquocheesesteak meat&rdquo so you can find it pretty easily.
However, if you are game, then go ahead and pick up some ribeyes from the fresh meat counter. Feel free to ask the butcher to slice it and just let the butcher know it is intended for cheesesteaks. They will know exactly how thinly it needs to be sliced.
The beauty of using fresh ribeye is you will see how many slices you can get per pound of steak. Depending on how thick you like to make your sandwiches, you can get away with a quarter to a third of a pound per sandwich.
Keep in mind that the sandwich also has all that cheese and the grilled veggies too. So, it isn&rsquot like the sandwich is going to be skimpy.
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What type of cheese is the best on a Philly Cheesesteak?
If you are going for a full-on true Philly cheesesteak sandwich, then go all the way with the cheese too. Provolone, American cheese, and even Cheese Whiz are all used in authentic Philly Steak Sandwiches.
I know some people are not fans of Cheese Whiz and anyone that questions if it is actually cheese is not terribly far off the mark. But, it does help achieve that supremely regional Philly taste and proper meltiness.
Personally, I&rsquom not a huge fan of the Whiz in most cases, but I&rsquove been to Philadelphia and have had an authentic cheesesteak from one of the most famous places around, and I chose provolone and I chose poorly. Just at LEAST have some Cheese Whiz around so you can compare, and let me know what you think is best.
Provolone is still a great option though, and since my family are largely also not Cheese Whiz fans, that&rsquos why you see it pictured here.
Truth be told, you can use any kind of cheese that has a good melt to it and you will do just fine. The purists have a point if the point is to make it exactly as they do at Geno&rsquos or any of the other famous cheesesteak joints, but the most important thing is to enjoy it the way you like it.
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Toppings for your cheesesteak
Cheesesteaks are pretty versatile, so get creative, but these are the most popular:
- Grilled onions
- Mild pepperoncini
- Banana peppers
- Sliced jalapenos
- Habaneros (if you are brave)
In terms of seasonings, a bit of salt and pepper is all you really need, but if you want to dust on some garlic powder too then you won&rsquot be sorry.
When you grill onions, mushrooms, and or peppers then give them a good singe. Cook the onions until they are translucent and let the peppers and mushrooms cook down to lose some of the water.
What bread should you use?
Any hoagie style bun will do the trick, but you can also use french baguettes as well. If you want to go truly Philly style though, then there are a few Italian style rolls that are best known for making Authentic Philly cheesesteaks.
By far the most popular is &ldquoAmaroso&rdquo. I looked and it is available in 36 states currently. So, if you can&rsquot find it in your local market then you might have to use the power of the internet to get some delivered.
Sandwiches and more&hellip
If you want another couple steak sandwiches to try, then I have a couple that rival the Philly, and that is not easy. The Italian sandwich is probably the forerunner that could take on the Philly cheesesteak. But, be sure to keep a prime rib pinwheel in mind, too.
If you want to make your own rolls for the sandwich, then you can make these rolls work by making them oblong instead of round.
What’s the Best Meat to Use in a Philly Cheese Steak?
A Philly cheesesteak is a nearly perfect sandwich. It can be as simple as thin-sliced steak topped with cheese, or it can be kicked up with the addition of onions, peppers, mushrooms, and any other topping you can think of. The type of cheese used is also up to you - most shops in Philadelphia will let you cheese between American, Cheez Whiz, provolone, and maybe mozzarella, but you can use whatever cheese you like and the results will still be great. The bread should be a large and fresh roll, and the steak, if you can find it, should be thinly sliced ribeye.
Cheesesteak meat is one department where you really shouldn’t be cheap. The fat content of the ribeye, plus the fact that it’s very thinly sliced, makes it ideal in a cheesesteak for several reasons. One: It’s an incredibly flavorful cut, so you’ll definitely taste the beef. Two: It’s very tender, and won’t toughen up and be impossible to bite once cooked. Three: The fat will melt into the meat as it’s cooking, basting it and boosting the flavor and tenderness factor.
Though you technically could use any type of meat in a cheesesteak, if you ask Philly natives what the best cut is, they’ll tell you it’s ribeye. You can always make one on your own, but we suggest you pick one up at America’s best cheesesteak shops.
The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia Part 3: Geno’s - Recipes
The battle rages on. Geno's or Pat's. Years ago when I was an airline employee I commuted between Minneapolis and Philadelphia every Friday night. Those were those days when airline employees traveled first class. So I started asking my fellow passengers Geno's or Pat's. It was always fun as everyone had an opinion. Once a fight almost broke out.
First off Geno's was not on the scene until 1966. Pat's was the first and was the one that invited the Philly Cheese Steak back in 1930. So Geno's in NOT the original.
At both places parking is hard (the are across the street from each other). Neither place has a parking lot. Both places have a few tables outside. You have to jump in quick when one opens up. Geno's does have a stand up area. Even in the dead of winter it's eat outside or in your car. Both places are open 24 hours a day and every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Both have two windows, one for the steak and the other for fries and sodas. You order twice and pay twice.
The big difference between the two is the way the meat is prepared. Geno's does not chop up the meat on the grill. You get the steak in whole slices. The onions at Geno's are also less grilled, they are between raw and grilled. Pat's the onions are grilled.
Both places you order Wiz Wit or Wiz Without. That mean with cheese wiz and with or without onions. Always order it with wiz. I know it sounds gross. Who eats that goopey, neon orange cheese? I would not touch it on anything else, but on a cheese steak it's great. I have tried it with provolone and it's way too dry.
Some people say the bread is different between the two. If that is true it's way too subtle for me to detect.
Of the two I prefer the Pat's cheese steak better.
On a side note, Geno's serves up a little politics with it's steaks. They do not allow you to order in anything other than English. (When is Wiz Wit English?) They also have a lot of articles about immigration and call their fries "Freedom Fries", not French Fries. I just want a good cheese steak, stop the lecture on politics!