According to legend, the Philly cheesesteak was invented in the 1930s by a hot dog vendor named Pat Olivieri.
One day, Pat decided to grill up some beef from a local butcher. Then, he slapped it on an Italian roll. A passing taxi cab driver smelled the creation and asked for a steak sandwich.
Word spread, and Pat would go on to open Pat’s King of Steaks in downtown Philly. It wasn’t until the 1940s that cheese was added to the mix. After that, the rest is history.
You don’t have to go all the way to Philly to get your cheesesteak fix. Keep reading to learn some of the best places outside of the city to find amazing cheesesteaks.
1. Big John Steak & Onion, Michigan
This mini-chain of restaurants has 16 locations throughout Michigan, though most are located in Flint.
Big John Steak & Onion has been serving up the best cheesesteaks in the state since 1972. They use fresh rib-eye that they grill to order, topped with white American cheese, with or without onions.
2. Donkey’s Place, Camden, New Jersey
Just a short distance away from Philly, Donkey’s Place is serving up the city’s classics with a twist in Camden, New Jersey.
The twist comes in the form of the bun. Instead of a long, soft Italian roll, Donkey’s serves their version on a poppy-seed kaiser roll, served steamed. One bite and you’ll see why it works.
3. Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Los Angeles, California
If you think of trendy foods like sushi or decadent desserts when you think of L.A., it’s time to think again.
This family-run restaurant has been serving up filling food with a side of fun for years. Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks offers a wide variety of styles so that you can customize your sandwich.
Whether you prefer chicken to beef, want to top your sandwich with peppers and mushrooms, or you just prefer to keep things classic, they have it all.
With one location in Koreatown and owe in Silver Lake, these locations will help you get your cheesesteak fix in sunny California.
4. Liberty Cheese Steaks, New Orleans, Louisianna
In a city known for its food, it should come as no surprise that New Orleans is home to an award-winning cheesesteak restaurant.
Liberty Cheese Steaks started with a lot of research. The store’s owners tested dozens of recipes and formulas on their hunt to build the perfect cheesesteak.
The end result is a cheesesteak built on a soft 12-inch Italian roll, imported straight from Philidelphia. Next, they combine whole-muscle sirloin and rib-eye, both of which are never frozen. Finally, it’s topped with Cheez Whiz and fresh onions.
In classic New Orleans style, you can also get it ‘po’boy style,’ topped with lettuce, tomato, olive oil, and vinegar.
Finding the Best Cheesesteaks in the U.S.
When it comes to finding the best cheesesteaks in the U.S., you don’t have to go to Philly. Whether you’re on the West coast or East, cruising the South, or visiting the Great Lakes in Michigan, these locations are serving up their own tasty versions of this American classic.
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