While other cities in the US may try to copy the recipe, residents of Montgomeryville, Lansdale, and Doylestown know they can only find a real cheesesteak in Philadelphia. And if you hold true to your Philadelphia pride, the best place to satisfy your cheesesteak cravings is at the first annual Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.
With over 40 vendors in attendance, residents of Montgomeryville, Lansdale, and Doylestown will be in cheesesteak heaven at the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival. But since you probably won’t be able to try steaks from all 40 vendors, you want to make sure you make the most out of the day. Continue reading for the top seven cheesesteak vendors at the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival to make sure you sample the best of the city.
1. Tony Luke’s
While Pat’s and Geno’s take up much of the media buzz regarding cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, Tony Luke’s is the dark horse in the running for Best in the City. In fact, many Philadelphia residents, including Philadelphia Eagles legend Brian Dawkins, claim it’s the best steak.
2. Pat’s King of Steaks
Owned and operated by the Olivieri family, Pat’s King of Steaks is said to be the original inventor of the steak sandwich back in 1930.
3. Campo’s Deli
A staple of Philadelphia’s Old City, Campo’s Deli provides a historic streak sandwich, which is fitting based on its proximity to the Liberty Bell and Independence Visitors Center. For a sandwich with a real kick, try the Heater, which is smothered in hot sauce and cheddar cheese.
Just outside Center City in the Manayunk/Roxborough area, you’ll find Dalessandro’s, which, like Tony Luke’s, is considered to be an underdog yet still in the running for Best in the City. Even Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has backed Dalessandro’s as his go-to spot when he’s in the city.
5. Steve’s Prince of Steaks
Recently opening a second location, Steve’s Prince of Steaks is quickly growing into a must-try cheesesteak before you can confidently say which the best in the city is.
6. Jim’s Steaks
Headquartered on South Street in downtown Philly, Jim’s Steaks draw massive lines of people eager to try one of their famous classic cheesesteak sandwiches or one of their modern, eclectic menu additions.
7. Shank’s Original
Gaining reputation as one of the best cheesesteaks in the city since 1962 when their doors first opened, Shank’s Original is worth a try at the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.
Most Philadelphia residents know that the city is home to a number of great cheesesteak spots. And when Montgomeryville, Doylestown, and Lansdale residents visit the Annual Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival, you’ll be able to sample a number of different steaks and make a firm decision as to which is your favorite in the entire city. Just be sure to show up to the festival with an open mind and an empty stomach, for you’ll be bound to try out multiple steaks.