The best cheesesteak in Austin and 11 other places to get the Philadelphia specialty

The Super Bowl is Sunday, and to help you get in the spirit, I’ve compiled a list of a dozen places in Austin to eat a Philadelphia cheesesteak, in honor of the underdog Eagles, who are led by Westlake High School graduate Nick Foles.

With Whiz at 1776 Cheesesteak Co. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The best one in town is at the patriotically named 1776 Cheesesteak Co., a food truck located at Buzz Mill in East Austin (1505 Town Creek Drive). Amorosso rolls with a crusty edge and a soft pull squeeze the thin-sliced Angus beef buried (if you order correctly) under the glow of Whiz. The trailer, which is only open for dinner, serves a variety of the sandwiches, all named after American patriots (I like to order the John Adams and rave of its meaty glories in a Paul Giamatti accent). You can get your cheesesteak supplemented with onions, mushrooms and bell peppers. I like mine with raw and grilled onions, provolone and Whiz (an order I stole from Austin comedian, fellow American University graduate and lifelong Eagles fan Dave Buckman).

Three more solid local options are Tucci’s Southside Subs, which grills their thin-sliced sirloin with onions on the flattop;  the grass-fed ribeye version at Wholly Cow Burgers, which comes on a nice, soft bun; and Way South Philly, a deli and trailer that also gets it right and original with Whiz and the Amorosso roll of Philly.

(If you’re more of a home cook, check out the Philly cheesesteak recipe offered by my colleague Addie Broyles.)

More locally owned options for Philly cheesesteaks:

Delaware Sub Shops (multiple locations)

Hoody’s Sub Shop (Round Rock)

Ken’s Tacos (Friday lunch special)  9408 Dessau Road

Mister Tramps (Austin’s Eagles bar at 8565 Research Blvd.)

NewWorld Deli (4101 Guadalupe St.)

Texadelphia (multiple locations)

Philly cheesesteaks from chains in Austin:

Baker Street Pub (3003 S. Lamar Blvd.)

Fat Sal’s (2604 Guadalupe St.)

Jersey Mike’s Subs (multiple locations)

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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