4 Alternative Cheesesteaks to Try Now in Philly

Try it with an Italian, Spanish or steakhouse twist
March 26, 2015
by Danya Henninger

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.

Sausage Cheesesteak at Alla Spina

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

Barcelona Cheesesteak at Verdad

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

Foie Gras Cheesesteak at Barclay Prime

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).

237 S. 18th  St.; 215-732-7560
Photo by Newbie Foodies

Mini Duck Confit Cheesesteak at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill

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

stephen starr
marc vetri
north broad