Best Cheesesteaks In Orange County

August 15, 2012 6:00 AM

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The cheesesteak sandwich is a popular menu item with roots in Philadelphia, but the phenomenon behind this creation has spread across the country and is a favorite not only for people from the eastern part of the county, but for diners everywhere. The basic sandwich is made with thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll, but as you’ll note, there are many variations of this traditional sandwich. See where to find the best of this classic in Orange County.
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Newport Fresh
3305 Newport Blvd, Suite F
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-5005

Owned and operated by a husband and wife, Newport Fresh is an off-beat sushi restaurant at the base of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. It is best known for its unique combination of serving eel sushi, pork katsu and foot-long Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. From a diner’s perspective, it seems like an odd pairing for a restaurant theme. However, the mind power behind this menu knows how to make great food. Read the panels on the wall describing Asian cuisine followed by one about cheesesteaks. Then, grab a seat and enjoy one of its 11 cheesesteak sandwiches. The teriyaki chicken cheesesteak ties in the Asian influence and oozes with Newport Fresh’s sauce, cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions and green peppers inside a soft chewy roll.

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Frank’s Philadelphia
2244 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-8725

Frank’s Philadelphia is a no-frills sub shop, but when it comes to cheesesteaks, it is among the best in serving the classic Philly. The eight-inch rolls are filled with grilled chopped steak and covered with either provolone, American, Swiss or cheddar cheese. Go for the works and add mushrooms, hot bell peppers and extra cheese. Craft your cheesesteak however you like. Diners who do not want the steak can substitute pastrami, ham or vegetables.

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Cortinas Italian Market
2175 W Orange Ave
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 535-1948

Cortinas Italian Market prides itself on using only the finest imported and domestic cheeses in its sandwiches. This Philly cheesesteak sandwich comes packed full of juicy steak, melted mozzarella and American cheese and is then topped with sautéed onions and bell peppers. If you wish to include mushrooms or giardiniera sauce into the mix, pay an additional 40 cents. Choose between a six- or ten-inch Italian or wheat roll, maxing out the tab at under $10. 

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Orange Tree Deli
124 E Lincoln Ave
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 998-9330

The Orange Tree Deli is a family-owned spot that has been in business since 1975. This neighborhood deli will deliver food to you through its catering service, or diners can stop in to enjoy one of the delicious cheesesteak sandwiches made with fine quality meats, cheese and vegetables. Order this classic as a large because with only being a dollar more than the small, it makes sense to enjoy this treat as leftovers. This Philly comes with a hearty loaf perfect for soaking up the juices from the tender meat.

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Bread Basket
15471 Red Hill Ave
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 259-9266

Bread Basket uses only the freshest ingredients in its Famous Philly made with steak, onions, cherry peppers, cheese and marinara sauce, priced at $6.20 and $8.20. If you prefer something other than the typical Italian roll, change it out with another option like whole wheat, rye or sourdough. Also, customize your cheese with options like provolone, Swiss, cheddar, American or pepper jack. And with over 100 different types of sandwiches offered, everyone can leave a happy customer even if they aren’t looking for the Philly.  

Mona Graham is a freelance writer, writing for Mona has lived in Orange County since 1958 and has a great familiarity with the area. Her hobbies are travelling, writing and photography. Her work can be found at

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