Somebody Help This Poor Boy: Philly Cheesesteak in Dallas

Oh, boy. This boy is asking the impossible. Perhaps you can talk him off the ledge. He’s got a hankering for a REAL Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.

Do you know anywhere in Dallas that makes a good Philly cheesesteak? Gandolfo’s uses cream cheese, so I couldn’t even bring myself to try it, and the people who suggest Texadelphia have no idea what a Philly cheesesteak is supposed to be. Thanks!

A real Philly cheesesteak? The last two I ate in Philly (Max’s and Gino’s) were made with Cheese Whiz.


  • Buckeye

    Fred’s Downtown Philly. I go with the number 4. Real thing. They even have Tasty Kakes.

  • TLS

    I second Fred’s Downtown Philly.

  • Mike

    Cheese Whiz is classic, but Provolone is also acceptable. If you ever go to a place that doesn’t even offer Cheese Whiz, walk right out.

  • irodguy

    I will second Freds. He will do whiz if you really want it , but I believe it’s with provolone. Go to the location on Josey just south of 190 in Carrollton. I believe Fred is still personally at that location.

  • JS

    Thanks for the suggestion! None of the Fred’s locations are near where I am, so that must be why I have not run across them before — but I will now!

  • wes

    Yep, definitely Fred’s. Used to work by the original right when it opened and he would always bring me free food. Haven’t been in a long time, but think I might have to now…

  • sweet

    Nancy-Whiz is very much the norm for a Philly cheesesteak, even though I prefer mine with provolone.

  • irodguy

    Another steak worth mentioning is the Steak Bomb at Kenny’s Burger join in Frisco

    Steak Bomb, hoagie, shaved ribeye, mushrooms, onions, peppers,
    white american, provolone,

  • We don’t use Cheez Whiz, but our Philly at Twin Peaks is the BOMB! Try it Texas style, too, for a spicy kick. 🙂

  • Knowiitall

    Im a big fan of Captain Nemos on Grauwyler road in Irving. The sizzling steak is amazing. May not be the most authentic but they bake their own bread at their bakery next door. This place is a secret so….shhhhhh. It’s been there for thirty years and they use a flat top with thinly shaved fresh ribeye and provolone. Trust me.

  • Jimmy Contreras

    Billadelphia’s in Bedford, it’s worth the drive.

  • Ann Bartholomew

    Unfortunately, Billadelphia’s in Bedford closed when their lease was up last year because of the construction on 183….

  • Joelbouck

    Billadelphia moved to North Richland Hills, on Davis near Mid-cities blvd.

    They are the real thing…..cheeze wiz is on the menu!

  • Jimmy Contreras

    Thanks Ann & Joel, I was going to head out there next week.

  • RJ

    I like Lenny’s sub shop

  • bsw

    Freds Downtown Philly, real deal, even has TastyCakes

  • erikthebold

    First things first, as a recent resident of Philadelphia, I must emphatically state that most Philly Cheesesteaks are actually crap sandwiches. There are a couple exceptions, but any Philly resident scoffs at the notion of Pat and/or Geno’s.

    If you’re looking for a typical Philly Cheesesteak, I can’t help you because I don’t know which joint you liked back home. However, if you’re looking for perhaps the best shaved steak sandwich you’ve ever had in your life, Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop in Deep Ellum serves a shaved ribeye with red onions and blue cheese that will blow away 99.9% of cheesesteaks available in Philly.

    No, red onions and blue cheese are not traditional ingredients in a cheesesteak. Neither are half of the ingredients in a Schmitter at McNally’s.

  • Charm Offensive

    A Schmitter?? OMG! We used to go up to Chestnut Hill for that all the time back in the dark period.