Pittsburgh Wins Best Cheesesteak Poll, Philly Cries Foul

In a USA Today poll asking readers to choose the best cheesesteak in Pennsylvania, East Carson Street’s Groove Cheesesteak Co. finished first.

photo courtesy of the groove cheesesteak co.


In a statewide battle over iconic comfort food, Pittsburgh has ousted Philadelphia as the best place to find a cheesesteak sandwich. 

In a USA Today poll asking readers to choose the best cheesesteak in Pennsylvania, East Carson Street’s Groove Cheesesteak Co. (formerly Southside Steaks) was the winner, albeit by just a few votes, over the second-place finisher, Dalessandro's in Philadelphia.

It didn't take long for the folks in Philadelphia to cry foul. Michael Klein at the Philadelphia Inquirer complained that “15 of the nominated shops were from Philadelphia and its suburbs, fragmenting the voting, while Groove was the only entry from Pittsburgh.”

Here are the top 10 winners:

  1. The Groove Cheesesteak Co. – Pittsburgh
  2. Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies – Philadelphia
  3. Forksville General Store – Forksville
  4. Jim's Steaks South Street – Philadelphia
  5. Philip’s Steaks – Philadelphia
  6. Steve's Prince of Steaks – Philadelphia
  7. Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop – Philadelphia
  8. Leo's Steak Shop – Folcroft
  9. John's Roast Pork – Philadelphia
  10. Pat's King of Steaks – Philadelphia

––Richard Cook


Photo by dave cole


#RubberDuck: Pennsylvania Return

After a giant yellow rubber duck left a hole in our hearts with its departure in 2013, the floating toy will return to Pennsylvania Sept. 8-11. But you will have to drive about an hour and a half to see it. Go Erie reports that the duck will be docked at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie as part of the Tall Ships Erie Festival in Presque Isle Bay. 

The duck setting sail for Erie will be much larger than the 40-foot one that won so many hearts in Pittsburgh. According to KDKA-TV, the duck in Erie will be six-stories high, 64-feet wide, 74-feet long and weigh 11-tons.

The rubber duck's visit to Pittsburgh in 2013 drew about a million visitors and prompted thousands of “duck selfies.” 

Whether you make the trip to Erie in September or not, we figured you would enjoy this look back, courtesy of videographer Dave Cole.

Video by Dave Cole for Pittsburgh Magazine

––Katerina Procyk



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