My name is Jim Pappas and I have eaten 912 different cheesesteaks since beginning my Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure in May 2018. Below are my top 5 cheesesteaks in the city of Philadelphia. If you were expecting my ranking of the top 5 usual cheesesteak suspects, sorry but that is not how I roll!! I like themes and different categories. Here are my top 5 Cheesesteaks in the City of Philadelphia;
5. Best Not a Cheesesteak Cheesesteak – The Kimchi Bulgogi Cheesesteak.
Pastrami & Things
24 S 18th St
Do not be led astray by the name of this place and get the Kimchi Bulgogi Cheesesteak. What a great day to be the Cheesesteak guy!! This Cheesesteak has hot sauce on it. I went boldly into this Christmas Eve day and got the hot sauce and I am glad I did. I did not love the $9.25. I do wish this was a bigger Cheesesteak because it was awesome and I wanted more. Nice enough people. Very good overall experience.
4. Best Date Cheesesteak – The Rook Manayunk.
The Rook Manayunk
4001 Cresson St
The cheesesteak was delicious but very hard to score. It comes on a Sarcone’s seeded roll. This is probably the best Sarcone’s roll I ever had. The meat is fabulous. It had a very good amount of cheese and it was melted through everything. The fried onions and mushrooms were heavenly. However it was small. The end of the Cheesesteak we ate did not have a lot of meat. Did we pick the wrong half the cheesesteak? If it needed more meat then it would have needed more cheese. Very hard to score. $13 and it came with very good french fries. We paid the extra $1.50 for the long hots. They were not very hot. $13 could be considered cheap for a nice place like the Rook Manayunk and very good ingredients.
3. Best Cheesesteak and Brewery pairing – Frank’s Pizza and Wissahickon Brewing Co.
3600 Fisk Ave
Wissahickon Brewing Company
3705 W School House Lane
Frank’s is the textbook definition of the corner pizza shop. Nothing fancy, just a very good cheesesteak at a fair price. The video is from March Cheesesteak Madness so you get to meet Frank and two of our cheesesteak judges.
I love eating cheesesteaks at Wissahickon Brewing Company. Always a great variety of beers to choose from. You can sit inside, outside under the tent or outside by the train tracks and feel the whoosh of air as the train goes by. I will try to add some pictures from Wissahickon Brewing company to the long video at the end of this story.
2. Close to Traditional Cheesesteak – The Prime Rib Cheesesteak
4625 Linden Ave
Dagwood’s is a great neighborhood bar/restaurant. Executive Chef Jack McPeak has a great team in the kitchen. There is a great team behind the bar. The Prime Rib is sliced and seasoned to near perfection. The roll works for this cheesesteak. The truffle cheese was a little heavy on my half of the cheesesteak and it was a little overbearing. Too much cheese is a good problem. This was an amazing cheesesteak.
1. My Favorite Traditional Cheesesteak – Charlie’s Roast Pork
Charlie’s Roast Pork
1301 S 3rd St
Stop whatever you’re doing and head directly to Charlie’s Roast Pork. This is not a drill. It is an emergency if you are hungry for a great cheese steak and tasty beer!! Holy Mackerel!! Eating a cheesesteak at Charlie’s Roast Pork may be the best thing you can do with clothes on!! Seeded awesome roll. Very good amount of very good tasty meat. Broccoli Rabe and Provolone seemed to be their thing so I went with it and I am glad I did!! Tables, bathroom and beer boutique, slap my face and take me to Charlie’s. Great overall experience.
Drive TO 1000! 912 Different cheesesteaks eaten in the last 3 years. I’ll be at a 1,000 different cheesesteaks by the end of the year. I love guest eaters, DM me to join me. Actually, I will join you at your favorite spot.
If you want to follow my adventure; I photograph, video, review and grade every cheesesteak I eat. I have a 5 category 100 point scoring system. I keep notes, amenities, location and my score (total and each category) for every cheesesteak I eat on a 31 column spreadsheet. The spreadsheet can be found on my website; www.philadelphiacheesesteakadventure.com. I have a video for every cheesesteak and post it on my website. I post pictures, videos and scores for each cheesesteak on;
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