The Best Cheesesteaks in the Philadelphia Region

No, I haven’t been sneaking up to Philadelphia to eat cheesesteaks between barbecue-eating trips. Indeed, I’ve never really been a fan of cheesesteaks. They weren’t common in Alabama when I was growing up, or in central Ohio, where I went to college. I tried a number of versions, but they just weren’t very good. I don’t think I’ve ever had a really memorable cheesesteak here in the Washington area — at least not in a positive sense.

My eyes have been opened and my appetite whetted, however, by Barry Zuckerman of the excellent blog, BZ Maestro Eats. His blog is thoughtful and well written, and covers non-food topics as well as what he eats. He’s spent the last year researching (eating) cheesesteaks, and the precision of his analysis is remarkable.

Barry now is about to announce his Top Ten. I plan to link to those posts, but first I’ll link to his post (here) discussing the background of his search. He’s already started with a key element of greatness, the Top Five Cheesesteak Rolls. I’ll link to the Top Ten posts as they appear, although you can save a step by following his blog, or at least bookmarking it.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the Top Ten, and I plan to hustle up to Philadelphia to try one or three. Definitely check BZ Maestro Eats, and please let me know of any great cheesesteaks in the Washington area. I presume Bub and Pop’s does a good one (I’ve always split an Italian hoagie and a roast pork and broccoli rabe there with my cousin, Murray Johnston), and I hear Ghostburger is good. Let me know of any others.


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