18065 Georgia Ave., Olney
The Olney beer market specializes in a slew of on-tap local beers and two cheese-laden foods to go with them: cheesesteaks and poutine. We go traditional with the Whiz-Wit—topped with fried onions and housemade cheddar sauce—but sometimes veer to the Charm City, which swaps in provolone, mushrooms, gravy, and horseradish sauce. Available for pickup and delivery, plus outdoor seating.
Bub and Pop’s
1815 M St., NW
Chef Jon Taub, a Philly native, makes some of DC’s heartiest hoagies. His cheesesteaks are no exception. (Even the half sandwiches are bigger than most whole ones.) Choose from beef or chicken with mild provolone and sautéed onions. Another option: the Guy Fieri-approved “Philly special” with porchetta, jus, aged sharp provolone, broccoli rabe, and hot cherry peppers. Available for pickup and delivery.
2029 P St., NW
Cheesesteak gets a Korean riff at the fast-casual Dupont location, which dishes up a “bulgogi hoagie” at lunch with kimchee whiz, mushrooms, and caramelized onions. Available for pickup and delivery.
1517 Connecticut Ave., NW
Federalist Pig’s barbecue pop-up out of Kramer’s in Dupont serves up a smoke-kissed take on the classic with shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, cheese sauce, and cherry pepper aioli on hero roll. Available for pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining.
1250 Ninth St., NW
The popular new ghost kitchen from Espita Mezcaleria pays direct tribute to Philly with its cheesesteak: shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, and homemade cheddar “whiz” on a Sarcone’s roll ($15 for eight ounces, $20 for 12). There’s also a less conventional “shroomsteak” for vegetarians. Available for pickup and delivery.
85 District Square, SW
The Wharf hoagie shop from Taylor Gourmet’s original founder offers three different takes on the cheesesteak. The “Philly special” includes grass-fed shaved ribeye, cherry pepper aioli, and bacon. The “Hot Bird” features marinated chicken with blue cheese, hot sauce, and peppercorn ranch. And the “Forager” is a vegan option with mushrooms, lemon cashew spread, cherry peppers, and roasted garlic tahini. Want something more traditional? You can also build your own cheesesteak. Available for pickup and delivery.
Jimmy’s Philly Steaks
5014 Connecticut Ave., NW
The newest ghost kitchen concept out of I’m Eddie Cano in Chevy Chase pays tribute to Philadelphia with two ribeye cheesesteaks, plus other sandwiches like a Pauly’s Pork Roast with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. Round out a meal with tots, antipasti salad, and if you’re feeling celebratory, PBR. Available for pickup and delivery.
Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, and Glover Park DC
Philly meets Baltimore in a “pit beef caliente” sandwich from the local barbecue mainstay. A toasted hoagie roll is loaded with tender roast beef, spicy peppers, and onions, and smothered in American cheese.
1308 G St., NW
The rolls for the four cheesesteaks at this pop-up out of Astro Doughnuts are painted in garlic butter, then overstuffed with combos like sliced ribeye, caramelized onions, banana peppers, and smoked-gouda sauce. Or you can build your own, and flout tradition with ingredients like Sriracha mayo and sautéed portobellos. Available for pickup and delivery.