Ten Best Cheesesteaks in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
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.
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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.
10. Swifty's Market and Deli
Nicole Danna The Swifty cheesesteak.
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.
9. Big Al's Steaks
Nicole Danna Big Al's in Delray Beach uses cheese whiz to make their authentic Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches.
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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