Philly cheesesteaks may taste best in The City of Brotherly Love, but there are ways to assuage thinly-shredded beef and Cheez Whiz cravings right here in San Francisco.
With two locations, Jay’s may be the mini-chain of SF cheesesteaks, but the original has been a staple since the late '90s, churning out affordable cheesesteaks doused in grilled onions and cherry peppers.
Don't let the divey digs deter you: within these drab walls lie some of SF's most satisfying cheesesteaks. Thinly shaved beef, Cheez Whiz, contrasting sweet peppers, and 7 inch sandwiches under $5 explain the long lines and awning warning: "Caution: may be habit forming."
What initially appears to be another North Beach Italian restaurant is also an old school cheesesteak outpost, catering to the 'hood with a North Beach cheesesteak, laden with spinach, bell peppers, onions and zucchini.
Eagles paraphernalia and fresher-than-typical cheesesteak ingredients, from Amoroso bread to traditional "Whiz", make Jake's a standout cheesesteak outpost, run by a Philly native.
Hand-cut American Kobe beef, Amoroso rolls shipped fresh from Philly daily, even a range of veggie 'steaks for vegetarians, doesn't mean Phat Philly isn't heartily authentic. Cheesesteak doused in chili or spicy buffalo wing sauce is gratifying without being greasy.
In the outer reaches of SF's Excelsior neighborhood is one of its best cheesesteak and hoagie hole-in-the-walls. Philly's Amoroso rolls, Cheez Whiz, and beloved Tastykake sweets... Phillies ups the game with a solid collection of Nor Cal beers on draft and by the bottle.