Closeup of a sliced Philly cheesesteak.

One of the best parts about living in Tampa Bay is the restaurant options. With people coming into Tampa from across the globe, we’re lucky to have all different types of food so easily accessible. Today, we’re bringing you the 7 most mouth-watering and best Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay.

We were looking through the Tampa Reddit thread when one local was looking for some help. The OP said, “Craving some Philly for Tomorrow” and asked for the Best Philly Cheesesteak in Tampa Bay.

The comments were flooded with different options for the best Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay. The people were reunited with some of their favorite spots and as always, some were at a crossroads when their spot wasn’t voted.

Before diving into the best Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay, let’s break down the sandwich itself.

What Makes A Good Philly Cheesesteak?

The Classic Philly Cheesesteak might seem to be open to interpretation, but like a Cuban, there are rules. An authentic Philly Cheesesteak comes loaded up with juicy, ribeye steak that is thinly sliced.

Next, you’ll top that ribeye with melted, gooey provolone cheese, white American cheese or Cheez Wiz. Yup, Cheese Wiz. Then, you’ll want to throw on some fried onions and pack that all onto a toasted hoagie roll.

The History Of The Philly Cheesesteak

The legendary Philly Cheesesteak dates back to the 1930s. Brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri from South Philly joined forces with their accidental creation of the Cheesesteak.

Legend has it that Pat and Harry operated a hot dog stand at the corner of Wharton Streets and Passyunk Avenue in South Philly (currently where Pat’s King of Steaks operates). Pat suggested Harry go buy some beef from the store. 

They sliced it up, grilled it with onions, and piled it high on a roll. A Taxi driver smelled the beef and stopped in to see what was cooking and asked for one of the sandwiches. The cabbie paid for the sando and the Philly Cheesesteak was born.

Now, let’s get into what we’ve all been waiting for, Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay.

The 7 Best Spots To Get The Juiciest Philly Cheesesteaks In Tampa Bay

  • Delco's Dunedin

    Delco’s was easily the most recommended spot for some of the best Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay. They’ve got plain steak, cheese steak, chicken cheese, buffalo chicken, pizza steak and more. They don’t have an official facebook page, but check out this sandwich that’s absolutely LOADED. You’ll want to have cash ready because this is a cash-only establishment.

  • Violet Stone

    Next up, is the Violet Stone. The Violet Stone has been making some serious noise in the Pizza World the last few months. After Dave Portnoy stopped in a few months back, the place has been buzzing … they even moved locations to accommodate more people. Their pizza looks top-notch, but let’s see why it was named of of the best Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay. They’ve got classic cheesesteaks, shroomy cheesesteaks, chicken parm, eggplant parm, chickie vodkie, and more. Their cheesesteaks start at $8.75 which is the sweet spot.  They are located at 2134 9th Avenue North and will relocate to 2609 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North in St. Pete.

  • Colonial Corner

    The Colonial Corner is one of those Hole in the Wall spots you know is going to be good. The shop is run by Joann Casciato, an 82-year-old Philly native. The Philly Cheesesteak is packed with meat and was even nationally recognized earlier this year. They do not have a website, but their menu is on the Doordash site. The Colonial Corner is located at 7201 49th Street North in Pinellas Park. Their Instagram post below speaks for itself.

  • Steve D's Philly Cheesesteaks

    Steve D’s clocks in as one of the most authentic options on the list. The user that recommended Steve D’s said, “From Philly … There is a food truck that is the absolute best, Steve D’s. They post their schedule for the week on their Facebook page. It’s a father and his kids that are from the Philly area. So good!” Today, they are located at Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex at 2994 Drew St. You’ll want to check their Facebook page for daily updates.

  • Burger Culture

    Another highly recommended spot for some of the Best Philly Cheesesteaks in Tampa Bay is Burger Culture. You already know their burgers are some of the best in the bay, but have you ever tried their Philly Cheesesteaks or the rest of their menu? Piled high with cheese, beef, onions and stacked onto a crispy roll, you can’t go wrong with Burger Culture. They are located at 7809 N Dale Mabry HWY in Tampa.


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  • West Shore Pizza

    We had another Philly native bring their suggestion to the table. Now, we can’t confirm this, but they said, “West Shore pizza, I moved down here from Philly last August. West Shore is as close as you’re gonna get.” If you’ve tried WSP’s Philly Cheesesteak, fill us in on ranking. (Photo below is embedded from TripAdvisor) They have locations spread across the Tampa Bay area. 

  • Hattricks

    Hattricks is no stranger to the spotlight. They’ve been named the best sports bar in South Tampa and the #1 Wings in Tampa Bay. But today, we’re checking in on their Philly Cheesesteak. One customer said, “I try to have the Philly Cheesesteak wherever I stay and Hattricks has beat all of the ones I had previously eaten hands down.” You can check out the rest of their menu here.

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