Only one sandwich in Pennsylvania has earned to the right to be called the best sandwich in PA and that’s the cheesesteak. Too dramatic? Well, whether or not you think that the cheesesteak is Pennsylvania’s best sandwich, you have to agree that it’s pretty popular across the state. Now, you can indulge in or discover your love of authentic cheesesteaks on this mouthwatering cheesesteak trail in Pennsylvania.
The Cheesesteak Trail in Pennsylvania
Three cheers for Philadelphia! Philly earns accolades as the founding city of the cheesesteak sandwich and, in reality, one could create a cheesesteak trail that simply wound through Philadelphia. The following trail, however, spans several different cities over 161 miles. Before factoring in travel time and time for indulging in some of the best cheesesteak sandwiches in Pennsylvania, the cheesesteak trail takes a little over 3.5 hours.
1. Arcaros and Genell's – 443 S Main Street, Old Forge, PA 18518
Let's kick off our Cheesesteak Trail in Old Forge's Arcaro & Genell, a popular pizza joint that also wins acclaim for its cheesesteak sandwiches. Order the traditional cheesesteak sandwich or opt for cheesesteak topped with onions and peppers. Arcaro & Genell is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. except on Monday when it's closed.
2. Port Clinton Hotel Restaurant – 231 Center Street, Port Clinton, PA 19549
Prepare for a delicious dilemma at the Port Clinton Hotel Restaurant, which boasts generous food portions
and, perhaps best of all, nine different types of cheesesteaks. You can choose from such sandwiches as the traditional cheesesteak, the pizza cheesesteak, and the grilled buffalo chicken cheesesteak. Plan your stop at Port Clinton Hotel Restaurant Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3. Pudge’s Steaks & Hoagies – 1510 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Indulge in a fresh cheesesteak sandwich at the award winning Pudge's Steak & Hoagies, a Pennsylvania favorite for four decades. Peruse the generous menu that features several cheesesteak sandwiches, including the traditional cheesesteak, the BBQ cheesesteak, and the pepperoni chicken cheesesteak. Pudge's Steak & Hoagies welcomes diners Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. Mama's Pizzeria – 426 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
A hot traditional cheesesteak awaits at Mama's Pizzeria. Well known for its cheesesteak sandwich, Mama's Pizzeria serves the cheesesteak in both small and large and boast a menu that features pizza, pasta, and wings. Visit Mama's Pizzeria Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
5. Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies – 600 Wendover Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Experience one of Philadelphia's favorite cheesesteak sandwiches at Dalessandro's Steaks and Hoagies. The quaint restaurant features an array of cheesesteaks, including the traditional cheesesteak, pepper cheesesteak, mushroom cheesesteak, and chicken cheesesteak. Stop by Dalessandro's Steaks and Hoagies Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
6. Jim’s Steaks – 400 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
End the mouthwatering cheesesteak trail at Jim's Steaks, a Pennsylvania favorite since 1939. Or, if you just don't have the time or the energy for another stop, order a cheesesteak and have it shipped right to your front door. Jim's Steaks delivers its famous cheesesteak sandwich all over the continental United States. Jim's Steaks is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
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