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The Best Philly Cheesesteak in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 12, 2013

Philly Cheesesteak TorontoThe best Philly cheesesteak in Toronto is a sinfully greasy, lowbrow import from south of the border that owes its deliciousness to the simple and straightforward combination of griddled rib eye, oozing cheese (preferably provolone and/or Whiz) and a soft squishy bun.

Purists and expats might argue that the only acceptable preparation options are wit' onions or wit' out, but, here in Hogtown the addition of a fried egg, onion ring or even kimchi is something to be celebrated...then devoured.

Here is a list of where to find the best Philly Cheesesteak in Toronto.

See also:

The best sandwiches in Toronto
The best late night sandwiches in Toronto

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

This Queen West eatery only serves up its Toronto Cheesesteak ($8) as an occasional lunchtime special, but when the craving strikes, look for the Fidel Gastro food truck where the same sammie has become a staple on the rotating menu. The overstuffed sandwich is stacked with rib-eye cooked to medium rare, caramelized onions, havarti cheese and a fried egg. More »

OddSeoul

OddSeoul

The proprietors of this this Ossington Avenue snack bar grew-up in the City of Brotherly Love but take license to add a Korean spin to this classic comfort food. The $5 sandwich riffs on the traditional with bulgogi-marinated rib eye piled onto a soft bun along with American cheese, scallion kimchi and mustard. More »

Sam's Philly Steaks

Sam's Philly Steaks

This no-frills fast food spot near Ryerson University makes Philly-style sandwiches ($7-9) the main event. Here the regional junk food is loaded with thinly sliced, flat top grilled steak, peppers and onions all oozing with hot cheese sauce. The biggest travesty is the addition of fresh vegetable toppings. More »

Holy Smokez

Holy Smokez

Napkins are a necessity when eating the sloppy smoked beef brisket cheesesteak ($7.50) from the takeaway counter at this Mississauga smokehouse. The sandwich comes stacked onto a toasted kaiser and layered with sauteed onions and sweet peppers before being smothered in spicy cheese sauce. More »

Hogtown Vegan

Hogtown Vegan

While there is technically no steak (or cheese) in this vegan rendition of the iconic American comfort food, this Bloorcourt dinner does a tasty meatless alternative for $12. Here the iconic sandwich packs a toasted baguette with thinly-sliced housemade seitan, sautéed veggies and a creamy faux “cheese” sauce. More »

Melt Grilled Cheese

Melt Grilled Cheese

Three GTA locations of this premium grilled cheese franchise offer a Philly Cheesesteak variation on the nostalgic comfort food. Loaded between a choice of sliced bread, provolone and Swiss are melted over roast beef, sauteed mushrooms, onions and mustard aioli. More »

Bryden's

Bryden's

This Bloor West Village pub does its cheesesteak ($15) with a grilled 8oz. strip steak layered over a long garlic-buttered baguette and topped with sauteed mushrooms before being drenched in jalapeño cheddar and finished with an onion ring. Served as an entree it comes with a choice of sides like fries or salad. More »

Discussion

26 Comments

John / June 12, 2013 at 03:21 pm
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I've only been to I Went to Philly and Sam's Philly Steaks on this list but I can tell you that the cheesesteak from I went to Philly is perfectly delicious. I sometimes order two at a time.
jer / June 12, 2013 at 03:24 pm
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I like how you include a place in Mississauga on your list of top places in Toronto. You might want to say "GTA" or remove Holy Smokez from the list.
Dan / June 12, 2013 at 05:15 pm
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So the writer went to Mississauga and Bloor West Village but failed to include Buddha Pie (Annette and Runnymede) in the Junction?! Not only is their pizza amongst the best in the city but their philly cheese steak sandwich is the BEST in the city
KY / June 12, 2013 at 05:42 pm
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Handsdown OddSeoul!
w-hat replying to a comment from jer / June 12, 2013 at 07:05 pm
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Mississauga is part of Toronto, dummy.


* not from Mississauga.
kasual / June 12, 2013 at 07:48 pm
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Putting a place that puts tomato and chopped lettuce on a Philly at number 4... smh
James / June 12, 2013 at 08:00 pm
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Honestly, the tastiest I've had came from Dave and Busters.
McRib / June 12, 2013 at 08:31 pm
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I had an Uncle Phil from Murrays yesterday, tasty.

good fries too!

peoplevoted / June 12, 2013 at 08:57 pm
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How many times do we have to keep reminding many of you people that these are VOTED on by the readers? The writers do not make up these "best of" lists.

Stop complaining about the order of what appears on all of these lists, because it's the people who decide what's there!
steve durwin / June 12, 2013 at 08:59 pm
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also known as the colon clogger
Gabe / June 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm
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I also like I went to Phillys. The price was slightly steep at first, but its worth it for a fine crafted Philly Cheestake.
Tuki / June 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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This awesome list for Philly lovers of all breeds, all amalgamations!
flounder / June 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm
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Canada is lacking in soo many american culture foods that I welcome the Philly Cheese steak with open arms. Love the Taco revival.
Vanessa / June 13, 2013 at 01:56 am
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Mmmmm....Oddseoul! Definitely a favourite. The cheesesteak sammy along with everything else on their menu!
juice replying to a comment from Dan / June 13, 2013 at 08:28 am
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I like Buddha Pie, didn't know they had the sandwich. Unfortunately they the hours seem to correlate with Asian Times zones. When the hell are they open?!

I could really go for one today.
Rob / June 13, 2013 at 09:09 am
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I Went to Philly has an insane amount of potential, but I see some immediate problems:

- The branding/name is terrible. Simply atrocious. While it is a "copycat" restaurant in theory, the backstory about it being a dream of a family to open a restaurant should be highlighted--- that's awesome and I want them to be successful. But there should be confidence in the product as well as uniqueness and that should reflect in the name.

- The guy in the cheesesteak costume outside handing out flyers. Please don't do that. Maybe it's stopped. I hope so. It's desperate.
Rob / June 13, 2013 at 09:11 am
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- Also, that stretch of Yonge St is crying out for something gimmick-free. Don't blend in... that's what has made that area a new restaurant dead zone in terms of reputation. Stand out, be different.
duder replying to a comment from Rob / June 13, 2013 at 09:52 am
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I think that the area is steadily improving though...over the last few years there've been a few decent places moving into the area. With all the condos going up (as well as the new Loblaws down the street) I think there's long-term potential.

BTW, I did really enjoy I Went to Philly. Nothing amazing, but it does the trick for satisfying your cheesesteak fix.
d.a.r.y.l. / June 13, 2013 at 10:54 am
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holy smokez is awesome. definitely worth the drive. not as messy as the write up suggests though.
sezme replying to a comment from peoplevoted / June 13, 2013 at 05:35 pm
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While I am admittedly an idiot, and I have seen many times comments to the effect that readers have voted on these lists, I have yet to see how they vote on these lists. I would like to vote on these lists too. Can someone 'splain the election process to me?
sam / June 13, 2013 at 05:45 pm
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only two of these restaurants make philly cheesesteaks. the rest of them make steak sandwiches, huge difference. Sorry blogto, go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
sam / June 13, 2013 at 05:53 pm
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i mean who can take a list like this seriously when number 6 is a vegan restaurant. now i see why liora ipsum uses a pseudonym...
guy replying to a comment from Rob / June 14, 2013 at 11:09 am
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I Went To Philly is doing things right though. Their cheesesteaks are the most legit in the city. You see other restaurants completely bastardizing the sandwich calling it a "philly cheesesteak" when it's nowhere near what one should be. Tomato? Lettuce? What the hell are you doing?

If you want a cheesesteak that's as real as what you can get in Philadelphia, go to I Went To Philly.
sam replying to a comment from guy / June 14, 2013 at 01:51 pm
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nailed it bro. tip of the hat to you
TO Girl / August 7, 2013 at 07:26 pm
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had the one at Melt Grilled Cheese VERY GOOD!! Also put it on special one day a week
Taz / August 26, 2013 at 11:29 am
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How do you have a vegan place on your top Philly cheesesteak list? These places are horrible and the person that put this together just listed any places they could find. If your looking for a good Philly cheesesteak try Osmows grill doesn't strike you as a normal cheesesteak would appearance wise but taste wise you won't be disappointed. Also crown pizza makes a good Philly cheese if consumed hot and fresh. I'd even put Dave and busters Philly cheese ahead of the places mentioned I went to Philly is horrible as well can't believe that's #2 on the list

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