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March 26, 2024
Must-Try NEPA Cheesesteaks
Jill Patton
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Local Restaurants Bring a Taste of Philly to NEPA

Philadelphia: birthplace of American independence, home to the Liberty Bell and, most importantly, origin of the world’s greatest sandwich. Yeah, the whole “brotherly love” thing is great and all, but Philadelphia truly stole our hearts with the iconic cheesesteak.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re Team Whiz or Team Provolone, whether you order “wit” or “witout.” At the end of the day, we can all agree that nothing hits the spot like sizzling ribeye, melty cheese and a soft roll coming together in savory, delicious harmony.

We might not be Philly, but our local restaurants still know their way around the griddle.  Check out these NEPA eateries to get your cheesesteak fix.

Where to Find Cheesesteaks in NEPA
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Armenti’s Pizzeria

Olyphant, PA

This Italian restaurant knows how to make a darn good cheesesteak. For an Armenti’s twist, try the Vodka Steak served with mozzarella and homemade vodka sauce, or order the Jersey Boy Cheesesteak with pepperoni, fried potatoes and onions.

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Backwoods Bar and Kitchen

Dallas, PA

We’ve got two words for you: brisket cheesesteak. Backwoods is known for their barbecue, and this sandwich doesn’t disappoint with smoked brisket, cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms and roasted peppers.

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Coal Miner's Bar & Grill

Lansford, PA

Locals at this Lansford favorite claim these cheesesteaks are some of the best you can get outside of Philly. With nine to choose from, there’s an option for just about everyone. Of course, the Coal Miner’s Cheesesteak is a menu staple.

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Cosimo’s

Freeland, PA

This neighborhood hoagie and pizza joint in Freeland is well known for their original Philly cheesesteaks topped with American cheese, sweet peppers and fried onions.

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Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks

Scranton, PA

Cosmo’s has such a loyal following that they go through over 500 pounds of steak a week. Order a genuine Philly cheesesteak, or try one of their specialty steaks like the Phat Scranton topped with American cheese, hot wing bites and ranch.

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Dominic’s of New York

Edwardsville, PA

This food stand grills up sausage sandwiches, pastrami, gyros and, of course, cheesesteaks. You can find them outside of Lowe’s at the West Side Mall.

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Franco's

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Known for their unique culinary creations, Franco’s adds a few special twists to their cheesesteaks. From the Fat Joey, loaded with bacon and mozzarella sticks, to the Garden Cheesesteak with extra veggies, you’ll find your perfect match.

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King of Kings Gyros & The Cheesesteak Factory

Wilkes-Barre, PA

These two local restaurants are now under one roof at their location on East Market Street. For the best of both worlds, try the Twinning Cheesesteak made with half ribeye steak and half gyro meat.

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Samario’s Pizza and Restaurant

Scranton & Tunkhannock, PA

The menu at Samario’s has an entire “Cheesesteak Station” with over 30 different sandwiches named after sports teams. Show some PA pride and order the Penn State Cheesesteak loaded with chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, fries, hot sauce and bleu cheese.

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Steve & Irene’s Hoagies

Mayfield, PA

This mom-and-pop sandwich shop has been a local hotspot since 1976. They make everything from original Philly cheesesteaks to creative combos. Come hungry, because a “half” is 12 inches, and a “whole” is two feet.

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The Lighthouse Inn

West Wyoming, PA

Sometimes, keeping things simple is the way to go. The Lighthouse Inn serves a classic Philly cheesesteak with all the traditional fixings. A side of their thick, fresh cut fries really seals the deal.

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The Tipsy Turtle

Jenkins Twp., PA

You’ll find epic cheesesteaks at this beloved bar and grill. From their original one-pound cheesesteak to the decadent “Crabby Style” steak, you won’t leave hungry.

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The Union Craft House

Taylor, PA

This gourmet gastropub makes a mean Philly cheesesteak and a spicy chipotle chicken cheesesteak. Pair it with a cold craft beer—Union Craft House has over 100 to choose from.

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TNT Subs and More

Nanticoke, PA

This deli specializes in all things homemade, and their cheesesteaks are no exception. The traditional cheesesteak is a must try. For a bit of a NEPA twist, try the kielbasi cheesesteak.

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White House Steak & Deli

Scranton, PA

Since 1972, this mom-and-pop shop has been serving their famous, original steak and cheese hoagies. Come try one yourself, and you’ll get why they’re a South Side landmark.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 3/24/21.