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Philadelphia Cheesesteaks Page: News, Reviews, History

Even presidential candidates must pay homage. The Philadelphia cheesesteak is politics, people, theater, historic landmarks -- and one great sandwich. At Pat's or Geno's, state your cheese (Whiz, provolone, American -- no Swiss!) then "wit" (with grilled onions) or "witout." Oh, and learn to do "the lean" (mastered by Gov. Rendell) to avoid dripping on your pants or shoes.

Even presidential candidates must pay homage. The Philadelphia cheesesteak is politics, people, theater, historic landmarks -- and one great sandwich. At Pat's or Geno's, state your cheese (Whiz, provolone, American -- no Swiss!) then "wit" (with grilled onions) or "witout." Oh, and learn to do "the lean" (mastered by Gov. Rendell) to avoid dripping on your pants or shoes.
Cheesesteaks in the News
Cheesesteak à la Georges Perrier
Food Story

Butter-fried steak ... with Gruyere ... on a baguette?

"The Great Cheesesteak Book" debuted in July 2009. Author Carolyn Wyman dishes out heaping portions of local color, history and helpful information, including recipes. (Cheesesteak pierogies?? Italian rolls!) 

Cheesesteak Reviews: Survey Says ...

In 2008, the Ultimate Cheesesteak Challenge was WIP radio host Glen Macnow's quest find to find the best. His Top 10 were (starting with No. 1) John's Roast Pork, Steve's Prince of Steaks, Chink's Steaks,Talk of the Town, Grey Lodge Pub,Slack's Hoagie Shack, Sonny's Famous Steaks, Tony Luke's, White House Sub Shop and Dalessandro's.

... After Macnow's search, his picks were second-guessed. Georges Perrier of Le Bec-Fin and ex-Phils slugger Greg Luzinski were among the judges.

The top-ranked cheesesteaks of John´s Roast Pork are displayed by  Anthony Bucci and his mother, Vonda.
The top-ranked cheesesteaks of John's Roast Pork are displayed by Anthony Bucci and his mother, Vonda.

In 2002, in just four days, with a squad of high school interns, the Inquirer restaurant critic blitzed through more than 65 sandwiches at 23 steakeries. They sampled several types -- traditional, specialty, even chicken cheesesteaks.

Let's directly to the rankings. Scoring 5 out of 5 was John's Roast Pork. The 4's were Tony Luke's, Chink's Steaks, and McNally's H & J Tavern. And, yo, check it out, Geno's beat Pat's.

The Great Cheesesteak Cheese Debate
Cheez Whiz being slathered on at Pat´s King of Steaks.
Cheez Whiz being slathered on at Pat's King of Steaks.

The national media, tourists and fans of Pat's and Geno's are big on Whiz. But not everybody in Philadelphia is.

What cheese belongs on a cheesesteak?
Forget what traditionalists tell tourists. Which do you like best?
Cheez Whiz
American
Provolone
Sen. Kerry's Swiss
Make mine a pizza steak with mozzarella
Plain steaks are best -- skip the cheese