Cheesesteaks in Philly


Last weekend I visited Philly for just 24 hours. It was a gorgeous fall day to drive to Philly. The first order of business was to try a couple of cheesesteak places. I decided to skip the lines at Pat’s and Geno’s, and just go to some of my friends’ favorites.

After asking several people for recommendations, I realized everyone has their very own personal favorite. Two places were on the list: Jim’s on South Street and Spataro’s at Reading Terminal Market. Although both were pretty good, my favorite was Spataro’s. Each portion is made to order, and your extras are added in with the meat as it cooks. I thought this made the meat much more flavorful. I also preferred their bread.

What is your top spot for cheesesteaks in Philly?

Jim’s on South Street
Jims (2)

Counter at Jim’s

Cheesesteak at Jim’s with onions, provolone, and hot peppers on the side
Cheesesteak at Jims

Spataro’s at Reading Terminal Market

Counter at Spataro’s
Cheesesteak at Spataros 2

Cheesesteak at Spataro’s with green peppers, hot peppers, and whiz
Cheesesteak at Spataros 1

Author: onevanillabean

I have loved cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was the one activity that I would share with all my extended family. Like most people, I love traveling. I love visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration. I find that recipes with simple and pure ingredients yield the best results.

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  1. Love this post! Jim’s has been my favorite since I went to art school in Philly years ago, the flavor of their meat is good and the beer with your cheesesteak option is nice. The Reading Market is fabulous, the place for sticky-buns and pork sandwiches, among other things. I hope that you were able to go to the Italian Market, or at least to Di Bruno Brothers for some out-of-this-world cheese and charcuterie!

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