Local Restaurants Bring a Taste of Philly to NEPA
The whole “brotherly love” thing is great and all, but Philadelphia truly stole our hearts with the iconic cheesesteak. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Team Whiz or Team Provolone, whether you order “wit” or “witout.” At the end of the day, we can all agree that nothing hits the spot like sizzling ribeye, melty cheese and a soft roll coming together in savory, delicious harmony.
We might not be Philly, but our local restaurants still know their way around the griddle. They make everything from classic cheesesteaks to sandwiches loaded with crazy toppings. Check out these NEPA eateries to get your cheesesteak fix.
Where to Find Cheesesteaks in NEPA:
Cosmo’s has such a loyal following that they go through over 500 pounds of steak a week. Order a genuine Philly cheesesteak or try one of their specialty steaks like the Phat Scranton topped with American cheese, hot wing bites and ranch.
King of Kings Gyros & The Cheesesteak Factory
These two local restaurants are now under one roof at their new location on East Market Street. For the best of both worlds, try the Twinning Cheesesteak made with half ribeye steak and half gyro meat.
Samario’s Pizza and Restaurant
Scranton & Tunkhannock, PA
The menu at Samario’s has an entire “Cheesesteak Station” with over 30 different sandwiches named after sports teams. Show some PA pride and order the Penn State Cheesesteak loaded with chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, fries, hot sauce and bleu cheese.
Purple Pepper Deli
Purple Pepper goes beyond just cheese and onions and offers tons of creative toppings. Try unique flavor combos like the Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Cheesesteak or the Reuben Crunch Cheesesteak.
Steve & Irene’s Hoagies
This mom-and-pop sandwich shop has been a local hotspot since 1976. They make everything from original Philly cheesesteaks to creative combos. Come hungry, because a “half” is 12 inches and a “whole” is two feet.
Fast Freddy’s Sub Shop
Stop in for classic cheesesteaks, pizza cheesesteaks, buffalo chicken cheesesteaks and more. They also serve the Fat Freddy, which is filled with fries, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce.
The Tipsy Turtle
Avoca, Jenkins Twp. & Swoyersville, PA
You’ll find epic cheesesteaks at all three locations of this beloved bar and grill. From their original one-pound cheesesteak to the decadent “Crabby Style” steak, you won’t leave hungry.
Pocono Summit, PA
As the “Home of the Great Pocono Cheesesteak,” you can’t really go wrong at this family-run food trailer. They serve beef and chicken cheesesteaks with lots of toppings to choose from.
This Italian restaurant knows how to make a darn good cheesesteak. For an Armenti’s twist, try the vodka steak served with mozzarella and homemade vodka sauce, or order the “Jersey Boy” cheesesteak with peperoni, fried potatoes and onions.
This restaurant has a whole section of the menu dedicated to cheesesteaks. Try specialty subs like the Pocono Raceway Cheesesteak, which is a toasted garlic roll stuffed with steak, American cheese, mushrooms, peppers and homemade sauce.
White House Steak & Deli
Since 1972, this mom-and-pop shop has been serving their famous, original steak and cheese hoagies. Come try one yourself, and you’ll get why they’re a South Side landmark.
The Union Craft House
This gourmet gastropub makes a mean Philly cheesesteak and a spicy chipotle chicken cheesesteak. Pair it with a cold craft beer—Union Craft House has over 100 to choose from.
North Slope Brewing Company
This gastropub puts their own spin on the traditional cheesesteak. Their version is heaping with your choice of sliced ribeye or chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, mozzarella, cheddar cheese and Sriracha aioli.
Electric City Subs
This Scranton sandwich shop makes dozens of incredible hoagies, including their classic cheesesteaks. Order a deluxe for extra toppings like fried onions, fresh tomatoes and lettuce.
Chill out and grab a cheesesteak at this restaurant and kava bar in the Back Mountain. Or try the Korner Krush, a cheesesteak with chipped beef, bacon, banana peppers, onions and mushrooms.
Blooming Grove Tavern
Blooming Grove, PA
A Philly cheesesteak and a cold beer go together perfectly at this neighborhood bar. They also make the Allentown Cheesesteak, a local favorite topped with sautéed onions, banana peppers, house-made marinara and American cheese.
You better pull over if you see this food truck, because they’re known for their original Philly cheesesteaks topped with peppers and onions. You can find them on 300 South Church Street.
Dominic’s of New York
This food stand grills up sausage sandwiches, pastrami, gyros and, of course, cheesesteaks. You can find them outside of Lowe’s at the West Side Mall.
Taste Time to Love Us
Old Forge, PA
This food truck hits the NEPA streets every summer, bringing the flavors of Philly to the Valley. Their mouthwatering cheesesteaks and savory subs are sure to satisfy.