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.
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!)
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.
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.