The Cheesesteak Eggroll at The Continental (138 Market Street). You want Chinese. You want a cheesesteak. How do you ever decide? You don't: you get the cheesesteak eggroll.
The Veggie Cheesesteak at Gourmet to Go (1505 South Street). Purists will kill us for even giving a nod to fake meat, but do you really think that the City of Brotherly Love would leave the vegetarians and vegans out of the cheesesteak joy? Comes in both peppersteak and chicken steak versions.
The Cheesesteak "Hot Pouch" at Grilladelphia (2330 Aramingo Ave). Don't let the gas station location fool you — these pocket steaks have won serious awards.
Okay, okay. You just want a plain old, totally traditional cheesesteak? In an interview with allhiphop.com, Will Smith's old partner, the "Philadelphia born and raised" DJ Jazzy Jeff, lays out what to do:
I'll tell people — go on 57th and Spruce. Go to the neighborhood joint where the guy's got the grill behind there and they sell potato chips and penny candy and all the rest of that. You can't go to Jim's, you can't go to Pat's; you gotta go to where they give it to you, and the bottom of the bag is greasy.
MMM. Heart-stopping indeed.