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Must-Try NEPA Cheesesteaks
Posted: March 22, 2023
Local Restaurants Bring a Taste of Philly to NEPA
Philadelphia: birthplace of American independence, home to the Liberty Bell and, most importantly, origin of the world’s greatest sandwich. Yeah, 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. Check out these NEPA eateries to get your cheesesteak fix.
Where to Find Cheesesteaks in NEPA:
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 pepperoni, fried potatoes and onions.
Backwoods Bar and Kitchen
We’ve got two words for you: brisket cheesesteak. Backwoods is known for their barbecue, and this sandwich doesn’t disappoint with smoked brisket, cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms and roasted peppers.
Coal Miner's Bar & Grill
Locals at this Lansford favorite claim these cheesesteaks are some of the best you can get outside of Philly. With nine to choose from, there’s an option for just about everyone. Of course, the Coal Miner’s Cheesesteak is a menu staple.
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 usually find them outside the American Legion in Freeland.
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.
Dagwood's Deli & Subs
This neighborhood deli boasts over 65 different sandwiches, but we’ll point you right to the cheesesteaks. Dagwood’s makes massive Philly cheesesteaks and chicken cheesesteaks, each served on a fresh, 16-inch Italian roll.
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.
Known for their unique culinary creations, Franco’s adds a few special twists to their cheesesteaks. From the Fat Joey, loaded with bacon and mozzarella sticks, to the Garden Cheesesteak with extra veggies, you’ll find your perfect match.
King of Kings Gyros & The Cheesesteak Factory
These two local restaurants are now under one roof at their 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.
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.
The Lighthouse Inn
West Wyoming, PA
Sometimes, keeping things simple is the way to go. The Lighthouse Inn serves a classic Philly cheesesteak with all the traditional fixings. A side of their thick, fresh cut fries really seals the deal.
The Tipsy Turtle
Jenkins Twp., PA
You’ll find epic cheesesteaks at this beloved bar and grill. From their original one-pound cheesesteak to the decadent “Crabby Style” steak, you won’t leave hungry.
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.
TNT Subs and More
This deli specializes in all things homemade, and their cheesesteaks are no exception. The traditional cheesesteak is a must try. For a bit of a NEPA twist, try the kielbasi cheesesteak.
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.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 3/24/21.