Liberty Cheesesteak Company
The Philly cheesesteak: outside of Philadelphia, this sandwich is oft-misunderstood and poorly imitated, a sad shadow of its greasy glory. So when the Liberty Cheesesteak Company food truck first rolled into its permanent space in Spitalfields, we were a touch sceptical.
Happily, the cheesesteaks (and the Italian roast pork sandwiches – a lesser-known but no less delicious Philly classic) at Liberty are so authentic, they could be served in the depths of South Philly and locals wouldn’t bat an eye. It helps that founder JP is a Philadelphia native, and his dedication to sourcing the correct bread (a chewy, hearty hoagie-style roll), the juiciest rib-eye beef – even his cheese whiz, which he makes from scratch – shows.
About that whiz: though yellow cheese gloop may not tempt the uninitiated, this is a sandwich that demands sloppiness. To imitate a real Philadelphian, order a “whiz wit,” which will turn up a sandwich riddled with sautéed onions and oozing with liquid cheese. Wash it all down with a can of root beer for the full American experience.