City Paper includes three NEast stops in its “10 Best Cheesesteaks” story

By Shannon McDonald

This week’s edition of CityPaper featured a cover story about cheesesteaks – The Ten Best Cheesesteaks You’ve Never Had, in fact.

Among the top 10, which are included in author Carolyn Wyman’s Great Philly Cheesesteak Book, are Frusco’s, Mr. V’s and Steve’s Prince of Steaks, coming in at numbers four and five, respectively.

Frusco Steaks ranked No. 4, while Mr. V’s and Steve’s Prince of Steaks tied at No. 5. The three eateries have ties to each other, which Wyman explains in her article: Iliescu (of Steve’s Prince of Steaks) was best man at Marlene Frusco and Varanavage’s wedding. But Varanavage and Iliescu have barely spoken since Varnavage left Steve’s and Frusco opened her steak shop in 1994. Varanavage opened Mr. V’s just outside the Franklin Mills Mall shortly after he and Frusco went splitsville two years ago. Which of these three places do you think makes the best steaks? How do you feel about other Northeast locations not making the cut?

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