We uncover a spot serving some of the best Philly cheesesteaks we’ve ever tried

Philly cheesesteaks are an all-American classic, with their history dating back to the 1930s and a hot dog stand in South Philadelphia’s Italian Market. But now, the iconic dish is being treated to a Kiwi reimagining thanks to Phat Philly’s — a brand new drop-in and takeaway spot in Morningside with a deliciously indulgent menu full of cheesesteaks, sandos, fried chicken and more.

At its heart, the offering of Phat Philly’s is simple — it’s about connecting people with good food that is fuss-free and utterly delicious. Their crown jewel is the Full Phat, a classic sando with hot cheese, onion and big old slab of steak. And while this meal may be polarising for some, it is undeniably tasty, with the quality ingredients (read: no terrible American cheese) sure to have you coming back for more (even though you know that perhaps you shouldn’t). A mushroom-based alternative is on offer for those seeking something plant-based, which offers a totally new take on fungi, alongside gluten-free options ensuring cheesesteaks for all. And if cheesesteaks aren’t your thing, Phat Philly’s also offers chorizo and beef sliders, tater tots and fried chicken — basically all the comfort food we seek on cold, wintry nights.

But what is even more astounding than the food, is the fact that it took the owners no more than a week to open from inception. Bringing together some of the team from nearby Crave, Kind and Morningcider, (all of which share the same laneway collective space), it took a mere seven days to dream up, fit out and start serving — a seriously impressive feat in hospitality.

Suppose the hallmark of a good suburb is the calibre of its dining destinations. In this case, Morningside is punching well above its weight, particularly as this new addition looks set to become a popular spot for hungry Auckland punters. So as the weather closes in, why not treat yourself to one of Phat Philly’s juicy, delicious cheesesteaks? You won’t be disappointed.

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday — 4pm until 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 4pm until 10pm

Phat Philly's

16 McDonald Street



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