NFL Draft: Ranking the best places to grab a cheesesteak in Philly

Oct 11, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fans tailgate outside Lincoln Financial Field before a game against the New Orleans Saints. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fans tailgate outside Lincoln Financial Field before a game against the New Orleans Saints. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

With the NFL Draft around the corner, non-Philly natives will flock to the city to take part in the spectacle.

When you think of Philadelphia you think of things like the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Rocky, and Cheesesteaks. Delicious greasy cheesesteaks. For most people venturing to Philadelphia for the first time, getting a cheese steak is tops on the list of to-dos as it should be. But the search usually ends with Pat’s and Geno’s leaving you unfulfilled on your quest for the perfect cheesesteak.

While you can get food at the NFL Draft, it will cost an arm and a leg so you’ll likely be better off eating outside of the parkway. Thanks to that, we have a list of places to grab an authentic Philly cheesesteak. As with any listing about cheesesteaks, it will likely spark a discussion but feel free to let us know your favorites in the comments (I like trying new cheese steak places just as much as you)

Without further ado, let’s get to our honorable mentions in this list. Jimmy G’s Steaks, Mr. Chubbies, Geno’s Steaks, Oregon Steaks, Phil’s, Little Pete’s

The top five (seven thanks to ties)

Jim’s Steaks: Taking the top spot in our rankings of spots to grab a cheesesteak is Jim’s. With three locations within the city limits, Jim’s is one of the more accessible places in Philly but their south street location is the way to go. Like most cheesesteak’s it’s the bread that sets this one apart from the others. If you’re concerned about the history of your steak, Jim’s has been around since 1939.

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Dalessandro’s Steaks & Hoagies: Located in Northwest Philly, Dalessandro’s prides themselves on not boasting as much as the other cheesesteak joints in Philly. Ironically on their website, they boast about not boasting but that’s a story for another day. Their biggest appeal is that they also have salads and other options for people who may not be inclined to get a cheesesteak (but who doesn’t want a cheesesteak???).

Steve’s Prince of Steaks: Having a Center City location makes Steve’s one of the more accessible places on this list for the NFL Draft. They also have one of the lower price ranges of cheesesteak joints to give you more bang for your buck. While your dollar may stretch further here, it won’t be done at the expense of quality. If you’re hosting a draft party, they also do catering.

John’s Roast Pork: According to our beloved George Kondoleon, “The bread is Fuego and their sharp provolone taste’s amazing” Keeping it simple since 1930 John’s prides themselves on their Roast Pork as the name suggests. Don’t go without trying the provolone steak which is arguably their best sandwich.

Joe’s Steaks: Known better by its former name that we will not be writing here Joe’s is located in the Fishtown neighborhood. Surrounded by tons of bars that will be broadcasting the NFL Draft, Joe’s is the perfect place to go if you’d like to skip out on the chaos of the draft and chill at a bar to enjoy it.

Pat’s King of Steaks: The first of the big two (Pat’s and Geno’s) to make our list Pat’s is one of the most overrated members of this list. Your general tourist trap, Pat’s is a place that you venture to more for the experience than the food. Just don’t mess up your order or you’ll be sent to the back of the line and remember to bring cash.

Tony Luke’s: Located in South Philly, Tony Luke’s is the final entry to our list in a three-way tie with Joe’s and Pat’s. With both cheesesteak and roast pork options, Tony Luke’s has something for everyone.

Next: Curb Your Enthusiasm Over the NFL Draft

Every Philly resident will have their favorite place to grab a cheesesteak but this list is a good start for vetting places to get your fix during the NFL Draft. Come for the draft, stay for the cheesesteaks.