The Search For the Perfect Cheesesteak Is Over

Derrick McQueen
2 min readJun 11, 2022

Kindly see Part One of this journey here https://medium.com/coffee-times/searching-for-the-perfect-cheese-steak-or-hoagie-8ad037696a7

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By the grace of God, my wife and I made it back home safe and sound. Graduation success. The Philadelphia Museum of Arts steps jogged, not ran, and cheesesteaks were consumed. I met my wife’s close friends and family, whom she hadn’t seen in 6 years. They reconnected. It was great.

Who has the best Cheesesteak in Philly?

My vote is in for the tastiest Cheesesteak in the city of Brotherly Love. I visited Lee’s, Ishkabibble’s, and Pagano’s. The tastiest cheesesteak in Philly is Ishkabibble’s. I couldn’t put it down. That sandwich was devoured in under 15 minutes. Then I washed it down with a cold gremlin on a hot day: half grape and half lemonade. Heaven.

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The Vibe

Each restaurant had an authentic vibe, and the people running were gracious. The richness of each establishment burst through like sunrays on a cloudy day, from the pictures on the wall to the customers, to how they put love into each sandwich. It felt like each sandwich was tailor-made for each patron, and each customer put their spin on each sandwich. I see what all the hype is about.

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Restaurants to stop by on my next visit

It’s amazing how everyone has their favorite recommendation on the best place to visit for a succulent cheesesteak. They don’t even have to think about it. When people who have experienced good Philly cheesesteaks share with you their favorite, their faces light up.

We may go back in July on the train this time. Places that were also highly recommended are

  1. Max’s
  2. Steve’s
  3. Jim’s.
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To wrap up, I even packed some in a cooler to bring back. Great food. Better people. I did feel the brotherly love from the city, or maybe it was the love I was projecting. You get back what you put out-the law of attraction. On a full stomach, I wish you well.

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Derrick McQueen

Believer~Husband to Kali~Father to Imani~ Writer. Author ~ Christian Dating Advice for Men on Amazon. Visit me at my internet home — DerrickMcQueen.co