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The South Philly from Tono Pizzeria & Cheesesteaks
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Where to Find a Good Cheesesteak in the Twin Cities

9 picks for the Philly favorite

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The South Philly from Tono Pizzeria & Cheesesteaks
| Ali Elabbad/Eater Twin Cities

The soundtrack of sizzling top round, ribeye steak, or even chicken, on a well-seasoned grill sets the scene for the phenomenon that is the Philly cheesesteak. A perfect marriage of caramelized onions and bell peppers, smothered in copious amounts of provolone, American cheese, or Cheez-Whiz bubbling atop, gets all stuffed into an Italian roll to round out the Philly classic.

The substantial sandwich is known to quell hungry appetites, whether it’s a half or a whole portion. Considering its hyper-regional specificity, it might take a bit of work to find a good version here in the Twin Cities. However, times have changed, and there are a select few that have made it their mission to deliver a tasty take on the Philly favorite.

Here are 9 places to find a prime cheesesteak.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks

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1580 St Clair Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 243-1978
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With three locations in Saint Paul, Maplewood, and Coon Rapids, Tono dedicates itself to several styles of cheesesteaks, served with a gamut of protein and cheese options. Take the order to the next level with some garlic aioli or chili oil on the side.

2. Frank From Philly & Andrea Pizza

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1235 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 208-1973
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Nestled in the heart of Dinkytown, this New York-style descendant from the same owners of Tono Pizzeria & Cheesesteaks serves over twelve types of cheesesteaks to fix whatever a stomach seeks. If the hunger pangs are really calling, get a New-York style slice on the side.

3. Uncle Franky's

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728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 455-2181
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Northeast’s favorite Chicago-style eatery subs in a toasted ciabatta roll for a traditional Italian roll, then all topped exclusively with Cheez-Whiz.

4. JC's Subs

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5621 Wayzata Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 217-4626
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Located off Highway 394 in Saint Louis Park, JC’s offers three styles of cheesesteaks, all of which carry on the Philly tradition of using ribeye steak and provolone cheese.

5. Capriotti's

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7143 France Ave S
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 217-5392
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This chain establishment with a lone area location in Edina offers five different options, including an Impossible cheesesteak or a vegetarian chicken cheesesteak to accommodate meat-free fans.

6. Caffrey's Deli & Subs

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3008 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-5551
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A longstanding institution on Lake & Lyndale, Caffrey’s offers up Phillys that swing on the simple side, or if the stomach is growling, go for the loaded Philly with all the fixings.

The Philly cheesesteak at Caffrey’s
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7. Pappy's Minneapolis

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2006 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 522-0011
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With two locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the steak-or-chicken Philly from Pappy’s lets the onions and peppers steal the show.

8. Karibu Grocery & Deli

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719 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 414-0799
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Nestled along Payne Avenue in Saint Paul’s Eastside, this East African grocery and deli serves a straightforward Philly among its other specialties. Make sure to get some samosas on the side.

9. Mayslack's

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1428 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 789-9862
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Northeast’s live music institution offers an unorthodox, but tasty, Philly using its own in-house shaved roast beef, peppers, onions, and melted cheese on a hoagie bun. Mayslack’s also offers several side options like fries, tots, onion rings, or cole slaw.

The Philly from Mayslack’s
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1. Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks

1580 St Clair Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

With three locations in Saint Paul, Maplewood, and Coon Rapids, Tono dedicates itself to several styles of cheesesteaks, served with a gamut of protein and cheese options. Take the order to the next level with some garlic aioli or chili oil on the side.

1580 St Clair Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

2. Frank From Philly & Andrea Pizza

1235 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Nestled in the heart of Dinkytown, this New York-style descendant from the same owners of Tono Pizzeria & Cheesesteaks serves over twelve types of cheesesteaks to fix whatever a stomach seeks. If the hunger pangs are really calling, get a New-York style slice on the side.

1235 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

3. Uncle Franky's

728 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Northeast’s favorite Chicago-style eatery subs in a toasted ciabatta roll for a traditional Italian roll, then all topped exclusively with Cheez-Whiz.

728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

4. JC's Subs

5621 Wayzata Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416

Located off Highway 394 in Saint Louis Park, JC’s offers three styles of cheesesteaks, all of which carry on the Philly tradition of using ribeye steak and provolone cheese.

5621 Wayzata Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416

5. Capriotti's

7143 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

This chain establishment with a lone area location in Edina offers five different options, including an Impossible cheesesteak or a vegetarian chicken cheesesteak to accommodate meat-free fans.

7143 France Ave S
Edina, MN 55435

6. Caffrey's Deli & Subs

3008 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Philly cheesesteak at Caffrey’s
Caffrey’s [official]

A longstanding institution on Lake & Lyndale, Caffrey’s offers up Phillys that swing on the simple side, or if the stomach is growling, go for the loaded Philly with all the fixings.

3008 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. Pappy's Minneapolis

2006 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

With two locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the steak-or-chicken Philly from Pappy’s lets the onions and peppers steal the show.

2006 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411

8. Karibu Grocery & Deli

719 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Nestled along Payne Avenue in Saint Paul’s Eastside, this East African grocery and deli serves a straightforward Philly among its other specialties. Make sure to get some samosas on the side.

719 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

9. Mayslack's

1428 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The Philly from Mayslack’s
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Northeast’s live music institution offers an unorthodox, but tasty, Philly using its own in-house shaved roast beef, peppers, onions, and melted cheese on a hoagie bun. Mayslack’s also offers several side options like fries, tots, onion rings, or cole slaw.

1428 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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