Ten Best Cheesesteaks in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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The cheesesteak is one of the most well-known - and controversial - of sandwiches. The king of hoagies, subs, and sammiches, it truly is a thing of beauty, judged only by it's melty-mess-making ability.

What makes a cheesesteak?

Let us begin with the roll, that chewy Italian bread many out-of-towners will only import from the Amoroso bakery in Philadelphia itself. Then there's the beef: thin-sliced, flavor-griddled ribeye. The finish is up to you -- a pile of grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms or peppers. Last, there's the cheese, the final stand-off between those who choose melty white American or provolone over the infamous Cheez Whiz.

Whether you prefer your beef thin-sliced, or fine-chopped -- Cheez Whiz or provolone, where do you go to find a good, authentic cheesesteak in South Florida? It's a question that sparks heated debates among our New England transplants -- be they permanent or seasonal -- who have a taste of the original Pat's and Geno architypes.

If you've ever wanted to know what makes a Philly cheesesteak different from all the rest, or just want to know where you can find the best in South Florida, keep reading.

Nicole Danna
The Swifty cheesesteak.
10. Swifty's Market and Deli
It may seem like you're in the wrong place when you pull up to the aging storefront of this corner-store-style market in north Boca Raton, but inside they're serving up some of the best grilled-to-order subs around. They carry Boars Head meats, always have a hot griddle, and use a soft, doughy bread that is pressed just right to keep the food inside your sandwich. But the famous fix they're best known for? Swifty's own version of the Philly cheesesteak hoagie, a melty-hot steak and cheese that comes with your choice of onions and hot peppers. Get the hot peppers. You won't be disappointed.

Nicole Danna
Big Al's in Delray Beach uses cheese whiz to make their authentic Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches.
9. Big Al's Steaks
The Big Al's restaurant may be a chain, but as far as Philly-style cheesesteaks go, it's still serving up a pretty good cheesesteak -- certainly one of the best -- in Broward and Palm Beach County. The is located in the heart of downtown Delray Beach off Atlantic Avenue, a small storefront that is basically nothing more than standing room to place your order at the walk-up window. Here, you'll get a cheesesteak made with bread shipped in from Philadelphia, the perfect way to propel a heaping portion of sliced rib-eye steak in melty Cheez Whiz into your mouth, then wash it down with a birch beer or cherry soda.

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Location Info

Mr. Nick's Sub Shoppe

901 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Big Al's Steaks - Delray Beach

450 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Cheesesteak Experience

3341 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies

1857 N. 66th Ave., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Swifty's Market and Deli

2001 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Famous Phil's Sub Shop

107 State Road 7, Plantation, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Philly Connection

1241 Florida 7, Royal Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Direct From Philly

956 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Big Als is the worse, how did this get on here...not even sure it's steak they are serving

Shawn Manganiello
Shawn Manganiello

I've had Direct from Philly for years. You won't have a better cheese steak. Who does these votes?

smdrpepper topcommenter

I loved Spankies, but when they closed down the Oakland Park location I have managed to drop a lot of weight since that location in Margate is such a pain in the ass to get to sometimes.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Hey yo. Don't go talking crap about one of the treasures of the town I grew up outside of. We go to war over this. It's Pats on 9th and Wharton, and no one in the world comes close. When I want something as close as it can get down here, Sonnys is the answer.

Joe Mistermakeithappen Ciampa
Joe Mistermakeithappen Ciampa

I call bull shit on this list... either your pocket was lined or your mouth was numbed! Famous Phil ' s #1? Really? I went there just to give it a chance and it's bland and cheaply done! THERE IS NO WAY THEY ARE #1! And just for mentioning Fat Al's you get your card pulled... they have the WORST steak hogies around PERIOD! direct from p hilly has to be the best I've come across down here, that would be my vote!


You should try Direct From Philly Andrew.

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