The Final Four Philly's 2023 March Cheesesteak Madness

The Final Four Philly's 2023 March Cheesesteak Madness

Photo: Jim Pappas

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Philadelphia, PACheesesteak Madness - March Cheesesteak Madness is a 64-entry Cheesesteak bracket-style tournament (same format as NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament). The cheesesteaks are broken into four regions; 1. Philadelphia (Philly), 2. Delaware County (Delco), 3. Other Counties region (primarily Montgomery, Bucks & Chester counties), and 4. New Jersey/Delaware region.

Meatheadz Cheesesteaks vs. Leo’s Steak Shop

Meatheadz Cheesesteaks has had a great tournament this year. The Final Four, 1st match, Meatheadz Cheesesteaks vs. Leo’s Steak Shop. Meatheadz Cheesesteaks won the NJ/DE Region. Leo’s Steak Shop won the Delaware County, Delco, Region.

Is it their new location with indoor dining?? Five years ago, Meatheadz stole my heart with their Dripping Steak. I think their regular cheesesteak has gotten better every year. Seeing the whole family working when we stopped by for the Final Four judging was nice. I guess I knew they had milkshakes.

Leo’s Steak Shop represents the Delco region. The first time I went to Leo’s, I called their cheesesteak a cheesesteak’s cheesesteak. Leo makes a big cheesesteak. Leo’s shocked me twice. 1st shock, I was shocked I hadn’t heard about Leo’s until I started my cheesesteak adventure. 2nd shock was how swamped they were. When you go to Leo’s, save room for their hand-cut french fries.

The Judges

We have 2 judges and the people’s vote for the final four. Each has an equal vote. The judges have split on several of the matches. The people’s vote matters.

The Final Four

  • Philly Region - Shank’s Original, 901 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
  • NJ/DE Region - Meatheadz Cheesesteaks, 2495 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp, NJ
  • Other Counties Region -  Tony’s of West Reading, 449 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA
  • Delco Region -  Leo’s Steak Shop, 1403 Chester Pike, Folcroft, PA

Author: My name is Jim Pappas. In June 2018, I started my Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure. Since then, I have eaten, videoed, and graded over 1,000 different cheesesteaks. All of my videos are on the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure YouTube channel. March Cheesesteak Madness videos are in easy-to-find playlists. Please watch and like all of my videos!! Thank you!!

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