There are plenty of great traditional cheesesteaks to chow down on, but when you’re in the mood for something new, you don’t have to forego the classic Philly combo. Here are four alternative cheesesteaks to seek out around town.
At Vetri’s graffiti-covered bar on North Broad, the hometown specialty gets taken on a wild Vespa ride and emerges as a pile of housemade black pepper sausage dripping with spicy beer cheese sauce and caramelized onions on a house-baked pretzel roll. It’s Italy meets Philly at its gritty, delicious best ($14).
1410 Mt. Vernon St.; 215-600-0017
At his Bryn Mawr tequila bar, Nick Farina has turned the cheesesteak into a Spanish tapas plate. Each separate bite sees pickled onions atop a rare-seared slice of Wagyu beef, which is balanced over a croquette of gooey Manchego drizzled with gouda bechamel ($12).
818 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-520-9100
Most people have heard of this ultra-decadent (and outrageously priced) take on a cheesesteak at Stephen Starr’s steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square. Foie gras and truffles mix with chunks of wagyu rib-eye, and it all tastes even better washed down with the demi bottle of champagne served on the side. (Take note: the price has gone up from the original; the combo now runs $120).
On Wednesday, April 8, this family-friendly brewpub hosts a special “7 Deadly Sins” beer dinner and one of the courses chef Jared Cannon came up with is his twist on the cheesesteak. Stuffed inside a mini hoagie roll (actually house-baked brioche) is duck confit tumbling with asiago cheese, pickled shallots, foie gras butter and a peppadew gastrique. Reserve a seat to get seven courses and beer pairings for $70.
8400 Germantown Ave.; 215-948-5600