Philadelphia Sports Teams as Your Favorite Cheesesteak Joints

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Our sports teams are great. Our cheesesteaks are great. But how do they match up? Let’s compare Philadelphia sports teams to local cheesesteak joints.

Whether you’re a Philadelphia native or a passer-by, you have to try an authentic Philly Cheesesteak.

In Chicago, you have to choose between Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s. In New York, you stand with the Yankees or the Mets. And in Philadelphia, there’s no sandwich that arouses debate quite like the Philly Cheesesteak.

An Italian hoagie roll, thinly sliced rib eye, your choice of melted cheese, and optional toppings such as onions, peppers, or mushrooms; a favorite in the City of Brotherly Love. Pair it with your beverage of choice, and you’re ready to cheer on your favorite Philadelphia sports team(s).

In Philadelphia, your first Eagles tailgate is a rite of passage. Your first Phillies game is a right of passage. Choosing your favorite cheesesteak joint is a rite of passage. While we’re at it, even your first PPA ticket is a rite of passage.

With names like Pat’s, Geno’s, Steve’s, Jim’s, and Dalessandro’s, all trying to claim the throne of Best Cheesesteak in Philadelphia, it’s difficult to make a bad decision – much like ranking the Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, and 76ers.

So…if they’re all great – where do we compare one national treasure to another?

Four Philadelphia sports teams requires four cheesesteak joints. Per AFAR’s Ariel Ramchandani, “an informal Yelp census puts the number of cheesesteak spots in the city at 96.” Being that the number is not definite nor based on fact, some of us may still argue the number to be even higher. But regardless, it was easier said than done to narrow it down to four.

Drumroll, please…

Pat’s King of Steaks, Jim’s Steaks, John’s Roast Pork, and Dalessandro’s Steaks. Love it or hate it, here’s why.