If you ask anyone from Philly they will have their favourite place to go for the ‘best’ Philly Cheese Steak. They get so passionate about telling you where the best place to go it is incredible to see how into a sandwich someone can get. If they read this and saw that I referred to a Philly Cheesesteak as just a sandwich they’d probably be offended. They seem to get more into this debate than politics or anything else that I talked to them about.
I tasted 2 Philly Cheesesteaks during my time in Philly and I didn’t not go to the 2 ‘must-go’ recommended places. One being Geno’s and the other Pat King’s of Steak mainly because it was super far away from my hostel. I did try Steve’s after a very excited conversation with a local, he was so passionate and had total belief that that was the best version of the sandwich I would eat that I had to go there and try it out for myself. I walked into the place and ordered a Philly Cheesesteak With Wiz (I was under strict instructions to order it this way) and onions. Wiz is just a form of cheese that is pretty liquidy and I don’t think I’d rush back to eat it. The sandwich itself was great, the steak was cooked to perfection, the sandwich was filling and delicious and didn’t have too much of anything. If anything it could’ve done with a sprinkle of salt but it was pretty good.
The next place that I tried was a little place called Comptos. It was a family owned business and had lots of home made deserts to go alongside your artery clogging sandwich. This one was a little less greasy but the taste didn’t match Steve’s. The steak was tougher with less flavour and the overall experience wasn’t as good as Steve’s. Steve’s set the bar HIGH.