Low-Carb Cabbage Wrap Can’t Hold A Candle To The Best Cheesesteak In South Philly

New York City has laid claim to pizza, New Orleans has po’boys and Philadelphia undoubtedly owns the cheesesteak. The problem with this latter fact is that far too many have tried to implement their own spin on the cheesesteak and ended up with a product that has nothing in common with the best cheesesteak in South Philly. A proper one is rib-eye steak, fresh long rolls, fried onions and Cheez Whiz; there are many examples of an “improper” sandwich that bear little resemblance to the real thing. In this article, we’ll take a look at some recent supposed “Philly cheesesteaks” as well as explain what the best cheesesteak in South Philly is all about.

In late 2018, CNBC reported that international chain Burger King launched a limited run of the “Philly Cheese King” burger that “uses more than half a pound of beef for the burger, caramelized onions and American cheese.” First and foremost, this item has much more in common with Burger King’s namesake items than it does with the best cheesesteak in South Philly. It looks like a burger, tastes like a burger and the only real similarity is the inclusion of some sort of whiz and fried onions. We’ll give them points for trying something new, but a “Philly Cheese King” isn’t going to replace the real thing any time soon.

Recipe website Delish.com on Feb. 19, 2019 offered up instructions for “Philly Cheesesteak Cabbage Wraps.” This low-carb approach to recreating Philly’s favorite sandwich uses “8 large green cabbage leaves” instead of a fresh roll. To each their own, right? It takes about a half-hour to prepare and serves four. While we can’t say that this will ever be on the menu at Geno’s, we were indeed interested to hear about a new take on our beloved cheesesteak. Even Papa John’s has plans to roll out a limited run of its “Philly Cheesesteak Pizza” that boasts “fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, and a blend of asiago, fontina, provolone and cheese made from mozzarella.”

When nothing but the best cheesesteak in South Philly will suffice, then it’s time to make the trek to 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue. What makes Geno’s “the best” is the focus on fresh and premium ingredients. You’ll get thinly-sliced steak that’s never greasy and the freedom to dress things up with ketchup, mustard and relish. Whether you’ve tried those cheeseburgers, pizzas and cabbage wraps and want the real thing, or simply desire the best cheesesteak in South Philly, Geno’s has you covered.