The Best Philly Cheesesteak in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
Situated at Yonge and College, the menu here is devoted to the signature sandwich loaded traditionally with chopped rib eye beef and provolone before being soaked in Whiz. Sandwiches (including chicken or vegetarian spin-offs) come in at under $9, even with options to add on onions, mushrooms and green peppers. More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
This Queen West sandwich specialist dubs its version of the Philly-styled sandwich, The Uncle Phil ($9) and serves it up in an XXL format. Murray's skips the Whiz in favour of provolone cheese melted over sliced ribeye, sauteed onions and green peppers. More »
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 »
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 »