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.

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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.


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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

Venue

Map

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

Zio's

14860 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Philly Connection

1241 Florida 7, Royal Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Spanky's Cheesesteak Factory

309 N. State Road 7, Margate, FL

Category: Restaurant

Direct From Philly

956 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
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
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!

Kevin
Kevin

You should try Direct From Philly Andrew.

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