Philadelphia may be the birthplace of cheesesteaks, but Denver isn’t exempt from enjoying the gooey, cheesy, meaty sandwiches. Traditional cheesesteaks are made from thinly sliced or chopped rib-eye, or top round frizzled on a griddle. The meat is then paired with a slice of melted provolone (others swear by Cheez Whiz) and tucked inside a soft roll from Amarosa’s Bakery (the original Philadelphia cheesesteak roll company). In Denver, you will find cheesesteaks that satisfy Philly traditionalists and keep adventurous eaters happy with add-ins like green chile, jalapeños, marinara sauce and olives.
Pat’s Downtown Bar and Grill
1624 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
Pat’s takes pride in only using rib-eye for its cheesesteaks and baking the bread on-site. Purists can get a sliced rib-eye with white American cheese (Cheese Whiz available). Pat’s Phatty Cheesesteak is sliced rib-eye with grilled peppers, onions and white American cheese and the Pizza Cheesesteak has provolone and a slather of marinara sauce. All of Pat’s five cheesesteaks and sandwiches come in four sizes: small, medium, large and Pat’s Biggie. If you’re a mushroom lover, you must order the Mushroom Cheesesteak with rib-eye beef, sautéed mushrooms and white American cheese. Get the additional fried onions and peppers piled on top for the ultimate hoagy. Pat’s has everything a cheesesteak fan would ever want. Stop in soon for one of these hot treats.
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Taste of Philly
Denver, CO 80203
The Taste of Philly goes a long way to make cheesesteak lovers feel the Philly love. From authentic rolls from Amarosa’s to Tastykakes for dessert, Taste of Philly has all the little touches that make East Coasters feel at home. The menu has eight cheesesteaks, the original is grilled onions and steak with American cheese, while the Southwestern Philly is dotted with olives and jalapeños. Other versions include peppers, mushrooms and a little bit of everything. Look for other East Coast favorites like traditional hoagies and reuben sandwiches. There’s even a Cheesesteak Salad. Taste of Philly will even deliver these comfort subs right to your door (minimum order applies, call for details).
Famous Philly Cheese Steak & Beer Garden
2200 Oneida St
Denver, CO 80207
Park Hill loves, loves, loves Famous Philly Cheese Steak & Beer Garden. The bread is soft enough to soak up the meaty juices and the choices of sandwiches will please everyone in your group. A neighborhood favorite is the Bacon Cheese Steak served on a Amoroso roll. The combos are a great deal and include a medium Cheese Steak (with beef or chicken), Meatball Parmigiana sandwich or Reuben, fries and a drink for $7.79. Be bold and order “The Works” Cheese Steak. This sub comes with green, sweet, hot or jalapeño peppers and mushrooms. And if looking for the authentic Philly version, substitute Cheez Whiz on any sandwich. Famous Philly Cheese also sells Amoroso rolls by the half dozen. Bring an order home.
1308 Pearl St
Denver, CO 80203
Denver Ted’s doesn’t try to be anything but a basic cheesesteak joint. There are no frills or gourmet fusion-cheesesteak cuisines, just meat, a few grilled vegetables, cheese, a bun and bit of grease. It’s a low-key place with a simple menu of cheesesteaks that can be made any way you like them; steak or chicken, onions, peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, provolone and Cheese Whiz can fill your roll. The sandwiches are served in a basket with lots of napkins because they are messy, just the way cheesesteak lovers like ’em. Staff favorites include combos with jalapeños, provolone, Cheese Whiz, peppers and onions or with lettuce, tomato and oil and vinegar.
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2260 Market St
Denver CO 80205
1000 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80246
The Cheesesteak Connection is a global road map of sorts for cheesesteaks. There is, of course, the traditional Philly cheesesteak, but the menu also includes a Chicago Philly with steak, yellow mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, celery salt, a pickle spear and cheddar; New York with steak, 1000 Island dressing, cole slaw and Swiss cheese; and a Buffalo Philly with chicken, hot sauce, ranch dressing and bleu cheese. All Cheesesteak Connection cheesesteaks are made to order and served on an Amoroso roll. The menu also include sandwiches, salads and soups. This eatery sells the must-have Philly Tastykakes, but you might want to save room for its housemade brownies, blondies and cookies instead.
Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.